On 14th April, OnePlus added its 2020 flagship device to the market. This is the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. This all-new OnePlus 8 Pro seems to be the company’s most prestigious flagship device ever. Having a new generation 1/1.7” camera sensor from Sony along with interesting ultra-wide angle and telephoto modules. It is also the Chinese company’s first device to come with support for the wireless charging technology, coupled with a new QHD+ 120Hz display.
Yeah! The OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have a 120Hz refresh rate which is the highest currently available on smartphones. Just in case you’re unaware of this, the “refresh rate” of any device display is the number of times an image is updated per second.
A movie scene is simply many pictures (frames) switching at a rate that the natural eyes don’t notice these changes. Device displays are built to update the frames shown to its users at given intervals sufficient enough to make these changes appear as they changed in real-time. A 60Hz display refreshes/changes the image frames 60 times every second.
This change is way too fast for the human brain to track, so it’s interpreted as watching a moving image rather than a series of single pictures changed too fast. A higher refresh rate means more image frames are shown in a second.
Making the changes between each frame smoother. Adding more frames reduces the gap between every frame. Although not everyone consciously notices, most people can feel the difference between higher and lower refresh rates.
The higher the refresh rate, the more responsive a device feels, – as it seems to react more quickly to every slight change. For Gamers, a higher refresh rate like the 120Hz on the OnePlus 8 Pro makes gaming a lot more fun. However, it would also be fair to note that there are downsides to higher refresh rates. Don’t get scared though, every technological advancement has its downside. For these displays, developing a device with a higher refresh rate is just expensive overall.
For those who don’t find money being a problem, the biggest disadvantage of having a higher refresh rate would be its power consumption. The higher the refresh rate, the more battery it consumes. Although, there is a piece of good news to this effect as the OnePlus 8 devices support adjusting its refresh rate.
How to Adjust Refresh Rate On OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro
If you have successfully purchased the OnePlus 8 or the OnePlus 8 Pro and you are not comfortable with the way the battery drains. Then you need to reduce this. Enabling its “Dark Tone” Feature. You can easily enable the dark ‘Tone’ in the customization screen to save battery. Also, switching the screen back down to Full HD+ resolution and 60Hz refresh rate is the most recommended step.
Luckily, the device display supports adjusting its refresh rate. This display supports three display options, including 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz modes. You can adjust the refresh rate on the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro devices using the following steps;
- The first step to adjusting the device’s refresh rate is opening the device Settings. This can be opened from the android native notification curtain or the device menu.
- Then click on Display (This is the third option).
- Inside the display settings, tap on Advanced and select the Refresh Rate option.
- You can now adjust its Refresh Rate on your device.
- Note that on the OnePlus 8, you can adjust the refresh rate up to 90Hz. While on the OnePlus 8 Pro, you can adjust it up to 120Hz.