In the wake of the recent release of the iPhone 15 series, the topic of smartphone display refresh rate has once again sparked debate. While Apple has chosen to keep the displays of their lower models at 60Hz, the variable refresh rate known as ProMotion is only available on the Pro models.
Interestingly, even phones that are priced significantly lower, such as the Galaxy A53 (not even the latest midranger), come equipped with a variable refresh rate that can go up to 120Hz. However, it seems that people are not placing a great deal of importance on this feature.
We conducted a similar poll two years ago to gauge the significance of display refresh rate to our readers, and the results were quite mixed, with no clear consensus. As times change, it’s important for us to once again hear your opinions on this matter.
Before we dive into the poll, let’s briefly explain what display refresh rate actually is. Smartphone displays are made up of pixels, and each pixel can receive and display information such as brightness and color. The refresh rate refers to how quickly a pixel can change the information it displays. For example, a refresh rate of 60Hz means a pixel can change its display 60 times per second, while 120Hz doubles that frequency.
This feature becomes especially relevant when viewing dynamic content such as scrolling text, images, or playing games with fast-moving objects. A higher refresh rate provides a smoother viewing experience by displaying more information within a second. However, it’s important to note that individuals have varying degrees of sensitivity to this difference. Additionally, higher refresh rates consume more battery power, leading to shorter battery life. Nevertheless, modern LTPO systems are able to intelligently switch between different refresh rates depending on the content being displayed, reducing the impact on battery life.
So, considering all these aspects, we would like to know: Do you consider smartphone display refresh rate to be a crucial factor in your purchasing decision? Are you content with a 60Hz display, or do you prefer the enhanced smoothness of a 120Hz display? Cast your vote in our poll and feel free to share your thoughts on the topic in the comments section below.