OnePlus trolls Pixel 4’s limited 90Hz mode, remembers its own kill switch, pulls tweet

OnePlus trolls Pixel 4’s limited 90Hz mode, remembers its own kill switch, pulls tweet
Yo phone so poor, it only does 60Hz on display! That's how the geek roasting starts these days, and we are glad to report that owners of the Pixel 4 won't ever have to be addressed this way.

Even before their announcement, we knew that there would be a variable refresh rate tacked on, as deep in the Android 10 source code a reference to a rate switch was found, valid for a Google's 2019 Pixel 4 edition only, referred to as "P19."

It turned out to indeed be the case, but users were a bit miffed to find out that the actual switch is buried in the developer settings, and Google automatically decides when to run the display at higher refresh rate. Running the display at high brightness is not one of those scenarios, as higher refresh rates coupled with peak screen brightness would kill the battery in no time.

OnePlus, however, always the good-natured tech trolls they are, posted a tweet with a subtle hint about the superiority of their own 90Hz display approach on their phones like the 7 Pro or 7T.

Upon realizing, however, that their own Android overlay also has a dedicated switch to "force" 90Hz refresh rate that also isn't working in all situations, the tweet was promptly deleted to avoid any subsequent backlash, even though the 7 Pro ships with 90Hz enabled by default. 

The moral of the story - higher refresh rates are a battery drain no matter how you slice it, that's why it helps to have as big of a battery pack in those as possible. Still, there would be plenty of moments when that 90Hz rate is not really needed, so phone makers are actually wise not to run the mode at all times.

That may have been the realization behind the deleted OnePlus tweet and yet when it comes to the battery lie or capacity of the new Pixel phones against the OnePlus handsets... that's a totally different story.

Related phones

Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh



1. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

OnePlus phones somehow have the knack of feeling cheap.

2. Gryffin

Posts: 72; Member since: Dec 19, 2018


3. m00kie

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 23, 2019

Either phone of 7T series deserves to be "Phone of the Year". Kudos to Oneplus. Oxygen OS is the one and only King of the hill. Period.

8. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Agreed. I am thoroughly impressed with how great the OnePlus 7T's are. They have really grown immensely as a company, Oxygen OS, camera is getting better and better, fluid 90Hz refresh rate, great battery life, the design is lovely, even the packaging of the 7T is phenomenal, just a great overall package

4. adecvat

Posts: 653; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

1+ 90 hz not working in games and full-screen apps, ha-ha.

5. Borh77

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

Funny no one noticed before going in the developer's settings. Proof it is just a battery draining gimmick. Google would have better put a bigger battery and more storage than an inactive 90hz screen.

6. HumbleJ06

Posts: 101; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

I bought my first OnePlus phone and I'm pleased with my purchase. Not concerned about a silly tweet. My only concern is that with the company getting more notice they don't stop pushing out updates and taking chances

7. monoke

Posts: 1193; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Meanwhile, phones with 120 hz are chuckling in the back .. 'That's cute.'

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