Launched in 2017 on the iPad Pro, ProMotion (120Hz) technology has made many users wait for the day ProMotion 120Hz will appear on the iPhone. It wasn't until the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max launched last year that Apple equipped this technology into the iPhone's screen.

Meanwhile, Android smartphones equipped with 120Hz screens in the fall of 2017 and 2018 such as Asus ROG and OnePlus 7 Pro brought this feature to popularity in 2019 with 90Hz OLED panels, marking a turning point for smartphones.

You can definitely notice the difference from a 60Hz iPhone screen to a 120Hz Android display when scrolling through the UI and while playing a game (if that title supports 120Hz).

However, many ordinary iPhone 13 users who only have a 60Hz screen still feel extremely smooth when using it. Something about the iPhone's 60Hz display looks noticeably smoother than most Android smartphones with equivalent 60Hz displays.

So the question here is: Why does the iPhone's 60Hz display feel smoother than the 60Hz on Android?If we go back in time (before 2019), we will see that iPhone always feels "smoother" than Android smartphones.

Whether it's scrolling tabs, opening and closing apps, animation effects, etc.. Apple devices always have things that make many people feel it is smoother than Android smartphones.

If we look back 5 years to the launch of the new iPhone X, there is currently no Android smartphone that can do a good job of implementing Apple's amazing opening and closing gestures, regardless of the screen refresh rate.

Android models and operating systems have made great strides in recent years. So obviously, the feeling of "smooth operation" is related to the comprehensive optimization of the operating system and does not stop at equipping a 120Hz screen.

Talking about touch sampling rate, almost all mid-range and flagship Android smartphones today have 240Hz touch sampling rate.

For those of you who don't know, touch sampling rate is the number of times the screen can refresh itself to recognize a user's touch per second. For example, a smartphone with a touch sampling rate of 120Hz will look for the user's touch to the screen 120 times a second.

Unlike many Android manufacturers, Apple doesn't disclose such information about the iPhone, but we do know that the 60Hz iPhone uses a 120Hz touch sampling rate (iPhones with ProMotion are said to support 240Hz), which is lower.

compared to most Android smartphones on the market and doesn't explain why many mid-range Android smartphones still can't be as smooth as the iPhone 13 or even the iPhone 8.

In the end, Apple's decision to keep ProMotion exclusive to its iPhone Pro models will continue to cause mixed reactions. Of course, tech enthusiasts on Twitter will be annoyed that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max don't get this particular feature.

It would be great if Apple equipped 90Hz screens on these regular iPhone models. However, for now, I can assure you that iPhones with 60Hz screens feel much smoother than Android smartphones with 60Hz and are almost as smooth as Android with 90Hz.


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