In the early days of smartphones, displays were really bad. Bad viewing angles, low resolution and small size were some of the problems that users use to face. With onset of IPS panels that changed a lot. IPS displays brought better colors, higher viewing angles and even the pixel density improved. Now almost every brand has shifted to OLED panels, at least for their flagship smartphones. But this may be the worst decision by the industry.
OLED panels are really good at generating different shades of colors. They can create true blacks because there is no back light. However, creating a perfect OLED is panel is hard, like really really hard. Only Samsung is known to master this till date.
OnePlus 8 Pro was launched recently and it became quite popular. It was only when people got their hands on it, the problems started to surface. Almost every user started to suffer from image retention, blackcrush and faded image. Many “self-proclaimed” experts started to make higher refresh-rates as the culprit.
Just recently, ROG Phone 3 was launched with its top-notch performance promise. It boasts overclocked Snapdragon SoC, a massive 6000mAh battery, improved AirTriggers and a 144Hz panel. This phone was supposed to be “The Most Powerful Android Smartphone” on the planet.
When I got my hands on it, all my expectations shattered. The display was grainy and I could see small dust particle like grains on almost all graphical situations. Higher refresh-rates do not seem to work at low brightness. Image retention is widespread on greyish backgrounds. The display looks washed-out everywhere. There weird vertical zones of of brightness and darkness that I see in grayish backgrounds. Lastly, the biggest problem- BLACK CRUSH!
Honestly, you shouldn’t buy a higher refresh-rate smartphone that comes with OLED display unless it is from a well reputed brand, at least not at this time.