Forget Asus ROG Phone 3’s 144Hz refresh rate, there’s a ‘hidden’ 160Hz mode as well
This was not announced by Asus at the time of the launch or even now. The mode doesn't seem to be end-user grade.
When Asus launched, it was not just one of the first smartphones to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor but also among the first to feature 144Hz refresh rate AMOLED panel. And while customers might want to try the 144Hz refresh rate display, little do they know that there's a ‘hidden' 160Hz refresh rate option as well. This was not announced by Asus at the time of the launch or even now, but XDA Developers seems to have dug it out and are able to use the 160Hz refresh rate option.
The reference to this was spotted in the Settings app's debug command that allowed the enabling of 160Hz mode. In case you know what you are doing, all it needs is the set up of the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) on the PC where you can run the following command from a command prompt or terminal window.
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“adb shell setprop debug.vendor.asus.fps.eng 1”
Once this is done, you can reboot your smartphone and see the 160Hz refresh rate option in the display settings. The news website states that it is not facing any app stability issues at 160Hz and the device does work with FHD+ resolution. However, it does mention that the screen is not caliberated for this mode. It also states that the mode is ‘hidden' because it's not end-user grade.
Asus ROG Phone 3 already has 60Hz, 90Hz and 210Hz refresh rate options in addition to 144Hz and ‘Auto' mode. But who knows, now that we know smartphone displays can run on 160Hz refresh rate on AMOLED, we might just see the next model coming up with this feature in 2021.
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