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.
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.
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.
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.
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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