Everything indicates that the first smartphone trends for this year will focus on screens , which will range from flexible panels to those with increases in refreshment rates. Today we have already seen some models on the market and a few manufacturers who have already raised their hands to show their innovations this year. The most recent to join this is OnePlus.
A few days ago, during CES 2020, Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, announced that his next smartphones, such as the OnePlus 8 (in case it is called that), will incorporate panels with a refresh rate of 120 Hz . But not only that, but it would also incorporate improvements to exploit and take advantage of this technology.
After those statements, OnePlus has today made its 120 Hz Fluid Display panel official , as well as some additional details of what we will see in the manufacturer’s next devices.
Fluid Display: and image smoothing prepares to hit smartphones
Today during a small presentation in China, Lau offered details of the new screen they have been working on for their future phones. As I mentioned, it will be known as Fluid Display and it will be an OLED panel manufactured by Samsung .
The company also confirmed that said panel would arrive with a QHD + resolution and up to 500 pixels per inch of density . But the most attractive will be its 120 Hz refresh rate, with which it will not only target the gamer public, but all its users through software modifications that allow them to enjoy this improvement.
Within all this, OnePlus explained that they will also add a “touch refresh rate” of 240 Hz , which will seek to decrease the response time each time we touch the screen. In other words, the device would have the ability to check the position of the finger on the screen twice as often as it updates the image it should display. What in theory would give us greater precision and fluidity.
OnePlus also announced that said panel will be connected to a custom MEMC chip (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation), which, according to the company, will help to add those missing ‘frames’ in applications and videos that are not optimized for 120 Hz. features, it is the famous ( and some hated ) image smoothing technology, also known as “soap opera effect”, which is now sought to avoid on televisions .
According to the information, MEMC will calculate the most sensitive midpoint between the ‘frames’, and if the content only has 60 frames per second, the smartphone could potentially present said content with 120 frames per second . An advantage is that the MEMC chip can be deactivated in case we do not like the result.
According to OnePlus, its Fluid Display panel will be the first with a JNCD <0.8 . JNCD (from ‘Just Noticeable Color Difference’) is a term used by screen accuracy calculators, such as those in DisplayMate, which are used to find the accuracy of colors on a screen. And a lower score is better. For comparison, both the Galaxy S10 and iPhone 11 Pro Max have a JNCD of <0.9.
The rest of this panel’s specifications are complemented by a factory-calibrated 10-bit color rate and brightness of up to 1,000 nits .
Now the next thing will be to know the smartphone that will release this panel to see it in practice, and to know if OnePlus has been able to offer an additional value to the fact of having a refresh rate of 120 Hz.