Samsung’s latest budget phones ask: is refresh rate more important than resolution?

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If you had to choose: would you choose a sharper screen on your smartphone, or a smoother scrolling screen? This year, budget phone buyers are asking themselves that question: the OnePlus Nord N100, Moto G50 and the new Samsung Galaxy F12 and M12 all refresh their screens 90 times per second (which is good!) but with a lower than optimal screen resolution of 720p. That’s the same resolution as a 2011 Galaxy Nexus.

Compared to your average iPhone, that’s a meager number of pixels. Since the iPhone 4 debuted in 2010, each Apple handset offers at least 326 pixels per inch (PPI), enough that you can’t distinguish those individual pixels with the naked eye at normal viewing distances. (The marketing term is “retina display.”) Here the PPI would be more like 270.

And yet, Apple has never offered an iPhone with a high refresh rate screen, which we have often found to be one of the most sought after features on high-end and mid-range smartphones because everything you do (not just games )) feels much smoother. (Apple may make it happen later this year.)

But the Galaxy F12 and M12, the OnePlus and Moto all show that high refresh doesn’t have to be a high-end feature at all, or even a $ 300, as we recently saw with the OnePlus Nord N10 5G. The Samsung phones, in particular, cost less than $ 150 each, as long as you’re willing to sacrifice pixels to get there.

In other ways, the Rs 9,999 handsets might seem like a good choice too: they’re based on the same base platform as the Galaxy A12 and its four-camera array, but with a larger 6,000 mAh battery that outshines many others. the market. You get a fingerprint sensor on the side. Please note, while the 8nm Exynos 850 processor sounds shiny and new, it doesn’t compare to Qualcomm’s recent 800 series Snapdragon chips. It is closer to the 2019 Snapdragon 665 in terms of performance.

It is not clear whether any of these phones will be coming to the US yet. The OnePlus Nord N100 already has that, and the G50 launched in Europe late last month.