Best 2020 phone displays overall
- OnePlus 8 Pro and Oppo Find X2 Pro
- 6.7″ 1440p LTPO HDR panels
- Dynamic 120Hz refresh rate at the full 1440p resolution
- Extremely low 0.3 JNCD (Just Noticeable Color Difference)
- MEMC video frame rate upscaling
As if to offset all mishaps that happened in 2020, the world of phone making didn’t cease to amaze and notched the biggest development in mobile displays since, well, the introduction of the OLED technology. What happened? Popularizing the high dynamic refresh rate, that’s what, and there is no looking back once you’ve tried it while browsing and scrolling.
PhoneArena: Which apps get what Hz in Auto Select – is it 120Hz in Chrome, but 60Hz in, say, video playback? What about the interface?
OnePlus: It’s up to the app that you are using. For example, social media apps, browsers, system interface and other local apps like photo/video album support 120Hz, whereas most of the video and gaming apps support 60Hz. For the video playback, the refresh rate will depend on the video frame rate to be either 60Hz or 120Hz.
The display is basically able to do what MEMC TVs do, automatically increasing frames in video to up the rate, and take better advantage of the high refresh rate even with content that is usually shot with 24fps or 30fps.
Our display benchmarks of the 6.78″ 1440p screens above, and DisplayMate’s OnePlus 8 Pro screen review demonstrate that the OnePlus CEO wasn’t teasing when he said that these may be the “best smartphone display in 2020.” Detailing the panel’s virtues in a blog post, he also mentioned that:
The best displays of 2020 are getting perfect white balance in both the standard and wide color gamuts in 2021
Best Samsung phone display
Unfortunately, while the new Note 20 display tech introduces a lower power consumption and a dynamic refresh, a true 120Hz rate at the full 1440p resolution as seen in phones like the OnePlus 8 Pro, is still not present, as Samsung has some catching up to do when it comes to phones with the Iris chip from Pixelworks.
Best Apple phone display
- iPhone 12 Pro Max review
- 6.7″ LTPS panel with static 60Hz refresh rate
- Top peak brightness
- Toughest Ceramic Shield cover glass protection
Granted, Apple’s finest lacks the most important 2020 metric of a great phone display but if you are already invested in the iOS ecosystem, there is nothing better than the largest, toughest display on an iPhone so far.
To top it all off, Apple partnered with its usual “made in America” investment suspects from Corning to master an exclusive mixture of the Gorilla Glass Victus that it calls Ceramic Shield, hinting at the tough material involved in the new blend. True to its name, the iPhone 12 series’ Ceramic Shield has been proven to withstand higher drops without shattering in several controlled drop tests already.
Bonus: Pixel 5’s display