90Hz vs 60Hz displays: do people actually see the difference?

As tech enthusiasts, we can clearly see the difference a 90Hz refresh rate makes on the OnePlus 7 Pro and its gorgeous display. But can normal people see the difference without knowing about it? Can they tell the difference between a 90Hz and a 60Hz display?
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52 Comments

12. Polaris1983

Posts: 28; Member since: May 22, 2019

Did you run a cloud based AAA PC game at full resolution and 120Hz on a gaming phone then go down to 90hz then 60hz from 1440p to 1080p? How about PUBG for android? I played Android ports at 120Hz and the difference is noticeable. Any gamer on PC would say the same thing as mobile phones need 120Hz for MOBA people to even notice soon.

13. charliebigpot

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 29, 2019

What are "normal" people?

25. palmguy

Posts: 974; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

2 arms, 2 legs, 1 eye? A Cyclops :-P

35. DFranch

Posts: 526; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

My guess, People who do not visit sites like Phone arena every day. Who think a snapdragon has something to do with the Chinese new year.

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1844; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

In short; 90Hz screens are a nice to have, not a necessity

20. Shubham412302

Posts: 568; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Its not a necessity but once you have it you will feel other displays lag. Stick to 60hz display as once you get used to 90hz you wont like 60hz.

15. User123456789

Posts: 676; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Sony = 120 and 144 (locked down to 60) Sharp = 120 Razer = 120 Xiaomi mi9 ( 90 but locked down to 60) OnePlus = 90 Asus Rog = 90 Galaxy and iphone = 60 Is PA jealous?

37. Sweetcheese

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Obviously but watch what happens when the galaxy and the iphone gets it.

17. FOXBOUND

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

I have used the OnePlus 7 pro for a few days and then went back to the OnePlus 6T. The 90hz really spoils you. The 6T feels slow and laggy - even though it is absolutely not. I also need to add that I am a heavy user so I'm very sensitive to it.

23. RayrayRay

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 01, 2019

Well , it's like having a Camaro ZL1 for the weekend , then go to work on Monday on Camaro SS , you still get there on time and get the job done Bragging rights for the most part

39. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

Can't beat moving from a notch to notchless though

19. Shubham412302

Posts: 568; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Stupid survey. When you use 90hz for few days display than use 60hz display than only you will see how fluid 90hz display is. Eyes take time to adjust to the refresh rate. Its difficult to notice difference for the first time.

24. Whitedot

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Interesting thing that when we scroll we actually neither reading or watching images, videos yet we have concern on the scrolling. By no means I say its useless, probably for gaming it's not and once your regular used is spoiled by higher hertz. The fact is you wont miss it untill you loose or discover it begs the question is this technology worth extra money, extra battery is it essential?

27. tangbunna

Posts: 463; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

I've been using 600hz tv for a decade. how can 90hz surprise me? smooth or not isnt just display. it is SD 855 to boost and result faster battery drain.

34. willk

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

My One Plus 7 Pro is faster and more fluid than my Note 9 and the battery last about a third longer. I'll have to try setting it at 60 hz and see if I notice a difference and if the battery lasts even longer.

38. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

5 people are blind then

40. wickedwilly

Posts: 640; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

Yes, you can see a difference, just as you can see the difference between a low res iPhone XR and high Samsung S10. Put them side by side and compare. There will always be those with an agenda where their phone preference is the one with the lower spec, but it does not change the truth. Is it worth paying more for? Is it worth any loss in performance elsewhere? That is another issue, it is better to have the choice and appreciate the new tech, rather than run it down because your phone does not have the feature.

45. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

ipad have ipad pro and see the smooth by did care too much.

49. AlienKiss

Posts: 92; Member since: May 21, 2019

I really don't care if my phone has 90 or 120, as long as I have the option to disable it whenever I want. Battery life is the most important thing in the end. When Sony released 2K displays, everyone else was : "It's just a gimmick". Now almost all phones use 2K displays. The same thing with 4K displays. So far Sony is the only one that has it. But in a few years it will be the norm and everyone will brag with it. Don't expect technology to stagnate. It's like a current, always advancing. If you swim against it, you'll only get tired and eventually drown.

50. michaelny2001

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

the oneplus 7Pro has a Samsung display which is the best around, better than LG IMO and slapped a 90Hz refresh rate. looks amazing, and no not a wall hugger. I get about 5 hours of screen time per day. streaming music on bluetooth, playing a demanding game, graphics intensive, streaming aan anime about 4-5 eposides a day and in the eveniong i still have about 25% battery left. i find that amazing. everyone has hteir own thing

52. superguy

Posts: 428; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I had a OP 6, GS 8, and now a OP 7 Pro in the last few months. Here's what I've observed on 60 Hz vs 90 Hz. For the most part - no discernible difference on smoothness or performance. It could be the games I play aren't demanding on 3D too much. The most demanding thing I tax on my phone is the ship battles in Star Trek Timelines. I didn't see a discernible difference. What I did notice is that 90 Hz on the OP 7 Pro seemed WAAAAY overly sensitive compared to 60 Hz. I got a lot more ghost taps that seemed to be causing my phone to do everything but I wanted to. Updating to the latest firmware didn't help. Locking it at 60 Hz helped. I still have the ghost taps, but they aren't nearly as bad as what they were at 90 Hz. Personally, I don't think 90 Hz was worth paying for at the present time. Maybe once they get the screen tuned properly it will. But right now? No.

53. rubyonrails3

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

When I first got OnePlus 7 Pro, I didn't feel much difference as I was using 7Pro as my daily driver, but when I switched back to my S9+ for a week and came back to 7Pro then I really started feeling the difference. I also felt when switching between iPhone Xs Max and 7 pro, difference I feel is less but when switching between S10+ and 7 Pro then I feel everything is way more smoother on 7 Pro, I turned on 7 Pro 90hz all time. and subway surfer first time I tried, I felt it extra smooth.
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