Tests show the Nokia Lumia 920's refresh rate 5.4x faster than iPhone 5

Tests show the Nokia Lumia 920's refresh rate 5.4x faster than iPhone 5
When we did our comparison of the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Apple iPhone 5, we noted that the displays on each where pretty close in overall quality. Both displays have very high pixels-per-inch ratings, great color reproduction, and solid viewing angles. But, one thing we didn't really look at was refresh rate, and a new test shows the Nokia Lumia 920's refresh rate may be 5.4x faster than the iPhone 5.

The testing was done by MikroPC and used the Lagomin response time test to compare screen refresh rates for the Nokia Lumia 920, Apple iPhone 5, and Samsung Galaxy S III. The explanation of the test is a bit tough to convey, because the original page is in Finnish (and it should be noted that there's always a chance that the test could be skewed towards the home team, aka the Nokia, but the test seems reliable). Basically, there is an image put on the screen, then changed, and the "ghost bars" are measured to determine the refresh rate (fewer bars means faster refresh). 

The tests also showed that the Lumia and the Galaxy S III didn't always draw everything correctly. The iPhone 5 had no dropped pixels, but the Lumia ranged between 0 and 5% dropped pixels, and the Galaxy S III between 10 and 30%. In the end the Lumia 920 had 0.59 “ghost bars”, while the Galaxy S III had 1.4,1 and the iPhone 5 came in well behind at 3.15. That makes the Lumia 920 display 2.4x faster than the Galaxy S III, and 5.4x faster than the iPhone 5.

Ultimately, the differences aren't all that big, but could be noticeable in the right circumstances. 

source: MikroPC
thanks to Faisal for the tip!

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41 Comments

42. Boogieman

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 02, 2013

With below quote you mean like all other test in that case are sqewed toward the phone manufacturer that gives the highest amount of "support" ($) to the test sites - a.k.a. Apple? /quote/ there's always a chance that the test could be skewed towards the home team, aka the Nokia /unquote/ iPhone arena would be a more suiting name =)

39. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Iphone5 is now Available here, but im still waiting for Lumia920... #iwantLumia920

38. papss unregistered

I have one and love it!

37. cnyte

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

i want one

35. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

And as GSMArena said they couldn't find a single real life scenario where this is useful. Just another marketing gimmick.

31. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

iphone doesnt even have an hd screen!!!!

27. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

Every phone manufacturer and consumer cares about the most pixels that could be fit in a tiny screen. Ever since I saw a 200Hz tv for the first time, I've wondered why that technology won't be implemented in smartphones. Nokia is the first manufacturer that did what should truly be done on a phone screen and for that, they have my respect. Here's hoping everyone follows suit.

25. Shubham412302

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

few montg ago most of the comments used to be against nokia good to see that nokia is back atlast

21. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Now we have our "most advanced display on a mobile device" Tim Cook or Jonathan Ive or someone from apple.

28. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

You can diss anyone at apple except for Steve Jobs or Jony Ive. They are actually doing many things right. Other than that, yeah it was a pretty bold and untrue statement they made.

20. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

nokia is the best!!! they're like TVQX (kpop group) means "the rising god of the east" but they are from the west!!! love them!! i love nokia!

24. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

You mean TVXQ right?

19. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Well duh....i didn't need a test to know that...it's a iphone what do you expect.........other than patent lawsuits i mean

16. Mghazisohail

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

that's y i love nokia

15. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Nokia Lumia 920 is currently World Best Windows Phone

13. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

If Retina Display on a 3.5 inch screen (now 4 inch) can be considered big, this is huge...

12. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Lumia 920's refresh rate is faster than iPhone. The end!!!

11. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Dear Michael how is it that you know they were partial ? We know you love apple man plz stop PDA with Iphone ;)

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"but could be noticeable in the right circumstances." Michael, could you give an example of the right circumstances? What immediately occurs is possibly watching videos, but I would be interested in your take.

14. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

When scrolling, the display and text/image flow looks more crisp and smooth, with a lot less chaos. That's it. But I would like this gimmic more than the retina display gimmic.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Thanks for the example. Is it just limited to scrolling? Out of curiosity, why wouldn't it present itself while watching video?

18. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I think it would and also for scrolling bars and pop up advertisements.

26. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It will also work great with complex videos and games with high FPS and lots going on. The display wont look as scrambled as with something with regular refresh rate.

9. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Exactly how fast of a difference in time??? Really important piece of info here. Are we talking a fraction of a millisecond?

8. MeoCao unregistered

I saw some reviews on Youtube and was very impressed with Lumia 920 screen, the camera is top notch, the build quality is great. But Lumia is hampered by an inferior OS and late release (MS fault, not Nokia's). Had L920 been released at the same time as GS3 I think 920 could've been a serious competitor to GS3.

5. ODabaja unregistered

LOOOOL @Nadr1212

4. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Nokia = perfection

7. hariprasath.j unregistered

Nokia + Android = Perfection

23. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Nokia + Android = CRAP, i am glad Nokia didn't chose Android! I love Nokia, but Android is a crap os!

36. nooraldeen

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 21, 2012

If Nokis deals with Android the other companies wont sell phones hhh most of the people loves nokia and most of them go and buy other phones cuz it has android (including me im the biggest nokia fan in the world but I went two weeks ago and bought Note2)

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