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Qualcomm dominates high refresh rate mobile gaming: 90/120/144FPS

Qualcomm works with PUBG Corp. for 90FPS version of PUBG, 120/144FPS games as well.

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Anthony Garreffa
Published Wed, Dec 4 2019 4:14 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a refresh rate freak, with my addiction really beginning in the late 90s with Sony's flagship Trinitron G520 monitor -- all the way through to ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q offering 43-inch 4K 120Hz.

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But it is Qualcomm that is impressing me, as they're completely dominating (and changing) the game when it comes to high refresh rate gaming smartphone world. The newly-announced Snapdragon 865 is the world's first to support 144Hz mobile displays, joining the current flock of 90/120Hz gaming smartphones on the market.

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Qualcomm is working directly with PUBG Corp. for PUBG Mobile, getting it to run smoothly at 90FPS on Snapdragon 855 and Snapdragon 855+ powered phones. But the new Snapdragon 865 handles this, and more -- up to 120Hz and 144Hz now.

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The company also works with the developers of QQ Speed, which supports 120FPS on mobile. You can't just run 120FPS in all games, but there is a growing list of games -- something I hope to start testing in the early months of 2020, and keep a closer eye on now that we're at 120/144Hz.

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But here we are -- 144Hz display support. Qualcomm is the only one on the market that can do it with the new Snapdragon 865, which will be shipping in Q1 2020.

Note: Qualcomm flew me out to the Snapdragon Tech Summit, covering my hotel and flights. Many thanks for the geek out in Maui, Hawaii!

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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