If you had to choose: would you choose a sharper screen on your smartphone, or a smoother scrolling screen? This year, budget buyers can ask themselves that question: OnePlus Nord N100, Moto G50 and the new Samsung Galaxy F12 and M12 update all screens 90 times per second (which is good!) But with a lower than optimal screen resolution of 720p. It’s the same resolution as a 2011 Galaxy Nexus.
Compared to your average iPhone, it is a small number of pixels. Since the iPhone 4 debuted in 2010, each Apple handset has offered at least 326 pixels per inch (PPI), enough that you can’t figure out the individual pixels with the naked eye at typical viewing distances. (The marketing term is “retina display.”
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 desirable features of advanced and medium-sized smartphones, since it makes everything you do (not just games) feel much smoother. (Apple may make it happen later this year.)
But the Galaxy F12 and M12, OnePlus and Moto all show that high-refresh does not have to be an advanced feature at all, or even a $ 300 that we recently saw with the OnePlus Nord N10 5G. Samsung phones in particular cost under $ 150 each, as long as you are willing to sacrifice pixels to get there.
In other ways, the handsets at 9,999 rupees seem like they can also be decent choices: they are based on the same basic platform as the Galaxy A12 and its four-camera array, but with a larger 6000 mAh battery that dwarfs many other markets. You get a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Note that while the 8nm Exynos 850 processor may sound shiny and new, it is not comparable to Qualcomm’s recent 800 Series Snapdragon chips. It is closer to 2019 Snapdragon 665 in performance.
It is not clear if any of these phones are coming to the US quite yet. The OnePlus Nord N100 already has, and the G50 was launched in Europe late last month.