Buttery smooth: Sharp phone with 120 Hz display compared to Galaxy S8

Buttery smooth: Sharp phone with 120 Hz display compared to Galaxy S8
This year, we saw the first mobile devices with 120 Hz display refresh rates — they were the Apple iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad Pro 12.9. That's double the usual 60 Hz refresh rate that's out on most devices. What does it translate to? Smoother animations and a perception of a faster, more accurate response to the user's touch inputs.

But what if we told you that there are phones out there that have 120 Hz displays? Yup, a couple of Sharp's Aquos models have the high refresh rate. But, as you are probably guessing, they are only sold in Japan, as is often the case with Sharp's high-tech handsets.

How big is the difference in smoothness in said Sharp phones and the current top-tier phones that we actually have access to? Well, a kind Reddit user took it upon themselves to record a 240 FPS slow-mo clip of the Sharp Aquos Zeta vs the Samsung Galaxy S8. You can see how drastic the difference is in the GIF below.



This is obviously the future of phone displays. The Samsung Galaxy Note line, for example, will benefit greatly from smoother and more responsive animations for its S Pen stylus usage. But even if you don't have a proprietary pen, any phone would be improved with some extra sleekness to its interactions.

The only question that remains is — when will we see 120 Hz displays on phones that are sold internationally?

source: Reddit

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30 Comments

1. Leo_MC

Posts: 6389; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Now, this is something to have in a display.

12. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

battery will drain fast when frame rate high.

16. Leo_MC

Posts: 6389; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So what? We buy smartphones to do stuff, or else we would buy batteryphones.

18. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Its a shame that a 'batteryphone' doesnt exist because I'm sure 80% of people would want one.

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 6389; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, there are: I know one that is called Nokia 515 and it lasts over a week on a charge. But there are more: I have a Samsung E something which also has a week (2 with light usage) long lasting battery; there is a Huawei p something - 1 week on dual sim, 2 week on single sim.

24. qwertsun

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

All SHARP AQUOS phones have IGZO panels that have variable refresh rates of 1Hz to 120HZ. When the screen is idle, it will be reduced to the lowest refresh rate of 1Hz, saving battery. AQUOS smartphones also allow individual apps to has 120hz capability which the user has full control over; it works for all the apps thus far; eg: Google Maps, Google App, Gmail, Instagram, etc..

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's neat. Game devs need to remove FPS cap to fully enjoy this refresh rate (and to take full advantage of flagship SoC :D) 120Hz AMOLED will be more interesting, since AMOLED have better response time than LCD

5. rubyonrails3

Posts: 368; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

iPad Promotion does great job already with LCD display and most Gaming monitors are LCD not AMOLED. though yes its great to have 120Hz in any display. I wished iPhone X had 120Hz display and also iPhone 8 but they opted out for an other year.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Actually ALL gaming monitor use LCD (be it TN or IPS), OLED monitor panel still expensive as hell. (In fact, there is only one OLED monitor that released just released 6 months ago. It's from DELL, 4k 10-bit monitor with 0.1ms response time) But everything will change when OLED monitor panel become cheaper in future, and it will replace LCD. (not sure how it deal with burn-in since this monitor need to display static window taskbar several hours each day)

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

A human mind can't process more than 60 frames a sec, eh? We are not bloody flies who enjoy the world in 500+ frames per second! But it's an interesting article, nonetheless. You learn something new everyday! I'll look more into it as I lack any knowledge in this regard. Oh well, G'Day!

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 531; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Tell this to anyone with a 144Hz monitor and he will laugh at your face, then show you his ultra-smooth monitor.

7. rubyonrails3

Posts: 368; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I totally doubt that, else people who using 120Hz monitors won't have problem switching back to 60Hz monitors, all says once you see 120Hz there is no coming back like once you have high res display there is no going back.

13. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I just processed the above GIF so well and saw the lag on S8.....lol The lag is very real.

26. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 356; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Lag is in Refresh rate you dumb idiot. Even if iPhone X compared to that 120Hz display of sharp, it will look like it has lag when it isn't in real. Please brace yourself with some understanding.. :D

17. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

@greenman Said no nerd ever.

4. Pabliell

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

And I'm asking: what for? 120Hz is good for gaming, not browsing web or watching videos. You won't see a difference here until slow-motioned. Besides, now the GPU has double the work without increasing detail. Great job...

8. rubyonrails3

Posts: 368; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

I'm pretty sure you've not used iPad Pro Promotion :-p otherwise you won't be saying this. UI have so many animations and smoother animations give great feel and 60Hz and 60fps UI on Pixel is so awesome I just wonder how would it feels if it get 120Hz

19. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

you'll notice when your phone slows down after a couple of years, then you'll feel the urge to upgrade

28. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Well phones slow for lots of reasons. Usually a quick factory reset and reinstall your apps fixes it. Internal storage degrades over time, thus the read and write times also suffer. However, no one really keeps a phone long enough to even worry about speed. Using 120hz displays to hide UI stutter is lame.

20. japkoslav

Posts: 1373; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Get a 60+Hz display and just use the OS, no need for gaming, just move some windows, scroll through web page ... you will see the diference instantly.

9. rubyonrails3

Posts: 368; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Galaxy S9 might be awesome but I might not find a reason to upgrade it to it from iPhone X or Pixel 2 XL unless it have 120Hz display :-p oh but can samsung manage 120Hz smoothness in there UI, highly doubt that at the moment

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1511; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Personally I have mediocre eyesight and doubt I would benefit from this, but who knows. Won't know for sure until it happens.

11. Einstein333

Posts: 145; Member since: May 22, 2012

I just tried this on my 3 year old xperia z3 compact. It's buttery smooth as well! Either this test is fake or there's a problem with this samsung phone!

14. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

You can turn on the 1080p@120HZ on XZ Premium. 1080p@60 1080p@120 4K@60 Just google XZ Premium 120 HZ. It is on the website Gazyekchi.

21. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

There is no point in increasing the resolution of phones because you cant see it. Manufacturers have found a solution to that problem by offering higher refresh rates. People now have another measure of screen innovation that we never needed in the past.

22. hansip87

Posts: 223; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Unnecessary. the 60hz display is 99% smooth enough. that doesn't even count on how much more powerful the SoC must churn out double number of frame count.

23. redmd

Posts: 1902; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

It begs the question, how smooth is smooth enough.

27. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

As Chris Perillo says, the faster display refresh is there to try to hide the stuttering effects in the animations. Basically the stutter is still there, it just refreshed faster to hide it. Because the devices like iPad and phones are so small, 120hz provides zero benefit, except to the OEM who will charge more money to have it. Again to be fair, yes today's tab'ets and phones rival big screen tv's as far as pixel counts. But faster refresh serves no benefit on a small device because the display refreshed fast enough due to smaller size. Bigger tv's need higher refresh, because of how fast media data is being received and the refresh helps take away blur effects in fast moving high frame videos.

29. gravityron

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

lol ... you all know why 60 Hz was chosen in the first place, right?

30. CTHR100

Posts: 9; Member since: May 12, 2017

My gs8+ doesn't have that lag... Agreed it's still probably not as smooth. And I do run Nova launcher. But I'm not seeing nearly the same lag...

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