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The OnePlus 8 will have a 120Hz display [Update]

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As previously announced, OnePlus is holding a display technology event in China, and to go along with it, CEO Pete Lau shared some news on Chinese social network Weibo (via Android Central). The company is showing off new display technology with a 120Hz refresh rate.

Now, OnePlus isn't the only company said to be building 120Hz displays into its 2020 phones, as Samsung's Galaxy S20 is set to come with 120Hz screens as well. However, Lau made it a point to say that the company's display will be the best you'll see this year.

"We believe that the smoothest smartphone display must also be able to deliver a superior visual quality and viewing comfort. We're sure that OnePlus's new 120Hz Fluid Display will be the best you'll lay eyes on in 2020."

In addition to the high refresh rate, the OnePlus 8 will use MEMC for motion smoothing in video playback and offer 4096 levels of automatic brightness adjustment. It will also keep the QHD+ resolution we saw in the OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro.

OnePlus was one of the few companies to bring a high refresh rate display to its phones in 2019, so it makes some sense that the company would want to stay at the forefront with 120Hz in 2020. It remains to be seen if more of its rivals will be stepping up their own displays this year.

Update: OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has shared a deep dive into the display technology of the OnePlus 8 in a forum post on the OnePlus forums. The post also talks about the display's color accuracy based on a rating called JNCD, or Just Noticeable Color Difference. According to the post, "professional displays" usually have a JNCD of less than 2, with some higher-end models reaching less than 1. OnePlus' display technology apparently gets a 0.8 JNCD rating, promising very high color accuracy.

OnePlus also says the display supports 10-bit color, with 1024 shades of each primary color, and a total of 1.07 billion colors. The company says this is 64 times more colors than mainstream smartphones have. Finally, the company says it has added new automatic color calibration to the production line, which should help ensure the display are accurate.

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