Phone Screen Refresh Rate Basics and Importance, Part 2

Oct 5, 2020

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics for smartphone owners to be aware of when it comes to their screen’s refresh rate. Important for several areas, from display detail and quality to battery life and other variables, refresh rate may be impacted by certain kinds of damage to the phone, or may be a topic of conversation during repairs. At FixIT Mobile, we’re proud to offer phone repair services for a wide range of potential issues, including screen repairs and any concerns with your display, refresh rate or related problems. What are the practical benefits of a phone with a higher screen refresh rate than another, and what are the trade-offs you may have to deal with if you get a higher refresh rate? Today’s part two of our series will look into this and some basics on the potential future of refresh rate for smartphones on the market.

Benefits of Faster Refresh Rate

Will you actually notice if your phone’s screen has a higher refresh rate than a previous phone you used? Yes, especially if you’ve used them one directly after another, though the benefits may be limited depending on the kinds of content you use.

Generally, any moving content displayed by the phone is the kind that will do much better with a higher refresh rate. Such content will feel smoother and more natural. PC gamers have long counted refresh rate as a vital factor for their gaming; similar effects are present with those who play games regularly on their smartphone.

Tradeoffs of Faster Refresh Rate

Now, there will be some natural tradeoffs that usually come with having a higher refresh rate in your phone. The main one: Battery life, which tends to drain a lot faster for phones with higher refresh rates than slower ones. Especially for phones that already have battery issues, this can be a dealbreaker in some cases.

For others, there may be concerns with processor quality. You need a strong phone processor to handle high frame and refresh rates, in many cases so strong that its purchase isn’t really worth it for your needs.

Future of Phone Refresh Rate

So will future iPhone and Android phones all come with higher refresh rates for their displays? This kind of development isn’t a guarantee, as areas like battery life and processor performance have a long way to go, but these are also themes where major progress is being made. Refresh rate may also play a role in certain parts of repair. Some think higher refresh rates will be standard within a few years – they are already present on certain Android phones.

For more on phone refresh rate and the role it plays in phone selection or repair, or to learn about any of our tablet repair, laptop repair or other device repair services, speak to the staff at FixIT Mobile today.