The OnePlus 8 series will arrive soon for 2020, as the company is now sharing some insights into its upcoming series. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has posted at Twitter some examples of what excited fans can expect next, by demoing the company's 120Hz display and its new motion smoothing feature. That display will almost certainly be included in the OnePlus 8 Pro, maybe even in the OnePlus 8.
OnePlus CEO showcases 120Hz display & artificial motion smoothing
"120Hz is exciting and we want to focus on what the specs can do for you. We are pushing the display to be smoother, more accurate, and easier on the eyes," OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said on Twitter on January 13th. Lau also added a poster showcasing OnePlus's upcoming "Deep Dive Fluid Display" which is said to have a refresh rate of 120Hz.
Refresh rate is a term that refers to how many times images refresh on the screen every 60 seconds. 60Hz refers to images refreshing 60 times per minute; 120Hz means that smartphone images will refresh themselves 120 times per minute, twice as much as the old standard and 33% more than the OnePlus 7T series.
A day ago, Lau tweeted about the upcoming Deep Dive Fluid Display's 120Hz refresh rate. It called it "the smoothest, most effortless scrolling experience ever on a smartphone". Lau gives a side-by-side comparison to show the difference between a 60HZ refresh rate and 120Hz refresh rate experience.
Yesterday, Lau teased OnePlus' new motion smoothing feature, referring to "high-quality TVs". He also added: "we've created a custom MEMC chip that can push ordinary 30fps video up to 120". OnePlus wants users to enjoy the new 120Hz refresh rate as much as possible. That goes even when videos are shot at a different refresh rate standard.
OnePlus wants to make specs relevant again, more than just a numbers war where the company that stuffs the most high-end tech with the largest numbers and sells it at high price tags wins.
The 120Hz refresh should be compared to the 90Hz refresh rate, not the old 60Hz standard
In demonstrating its upcoming 120Hz refresh rate, OnePlus compares the new refresh rate to the old 60Hz refresh rate. This seems a bit odd in that the OnePlus 7T series has a 90Hz rate instead of a 60Hz rate.
When one compares the 90Hz rate to the 120Hz rate, the 120Hz refresh rate appears slightly faster than the 90Hz display of the OnePlus 7T — which isn't as much of a selling point as the Chinese Android OEM is making it out to be.
Motion Smoothing May Be A Problem, Though It's Unlikely
Last but not least, motion smoothing is a problem. The feature exists on many high-definition TVs, and it tends to produce artificial frames that juxtapose themselves to "smooth" out scenes in movies, TV shows, and sports games. The feature works well in sports games but not so much in movies and TV shows. In many cases, it produces images akin to what you'd expect from "bootleg productions" of shows where someone strung scenes together in order to videotape a show illegally.
And it is this motion smoothing, with all its issues, that OnePlus wants to bring to smartphones. Now, OnePlus may make the case for it on smartphones. Since screens are smaller, the soap opera effect may not look as bad.
Motion smoothing may look best on small screens such as smartphones versus large-screen TVs, for example. And yet, it may have little to no effect at all. What's the point of bringing a new feature to market that doesn't really do anything to improve the old experience?
Three OnePlus 8 Models To Come
Whether or not the OnePlus 8's new Deep Dive Fluid Display is the best yet for OnePlus is a matter of wait and see. Leaks and rumors suggest that OnePlus plans to release three new OnePlus 8 models to the market: a lower-cost 8 Lite version, a regular OnePlus 8 model, and a OnePlus 8 Pro model that's will provide top-notch cameras, the 120Hz refresh rate, and dual 5G mode support. The OnePlus 8 Lite will trade in some premium features to maintain a more budget-friendly price point.