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Fancy a ZenFone 6 with a faster display refresh rate? It is now possible with the custom Proton Kernel

It is now possible to enable 75 Hz screen refresh rate on the Asus ZenFone 6 using a kernel mod. (Source: Asus)
It is now possible to enable 75 Hz screen refresh rate on the Asus ZenFone 6 using a kernel mod. (Source: Asus)
Senior XDA member 'kdrag0n' has released the new Proton Kernel for the Asus ZenFone 6. Apart from bringing several enhancements, the Proton Kernel enables a 75 Hz display refresh rate option for smoother visuals. The Proton Kernel can be installed over the stock Asus ZenUI 6 Android Pie image after a bootloader unlock.

The Asus ZenFone 6 (6z in India) is one of the best value flagships you can buy in 2019, and it has earned a very good 88% in our review. The phone sports a great IPS panel with good colors and near AMOLED-like black levels. However, unlike the ROG Phone 2, the ZenFone 6 does not sport a high-refresh rate display — it was never intended to in the first place. 

Android being Android, the custom ROM scene is a very busy one and thanks to Asus releasing the bootloader unlock tool and kernel sources, developers have been pretty active in releasing custom ROMs for the ZenFone 6. Senior XDA member kdrag0n has released a custom kernel for the ZenFone 6 called the Proton Kernel that can be used on the factory Asus ZenUI 6 Android Pie ROM. The Proton Kernel overclocking the display refresh rate from the default 60 Hz to 75 Hz alongside a host of other useful features including scheduler optimizations and security features based on Qualcomm's CodeAurora Forum (CAF) sources. 

The original version required one to manually enable the 75 Hz option after every boot. Version 1.1+ allows for automatic setting change without having to do it manually. You can download the latest Proton Kernel version from here and flash it using TWRP. 

High-refresh rate displays have started making their mark in the Android world, particularly in gaming phones such as the ROG Phone II and even in flagships such as the OnePlus 7 Pro. Recently, mods were released for the Redmi K20 and K20 Pro that enabled 75 Hz refresh rates. 

Do remember that unlocking the bootloader can void your device warranty. Also, high refresh rates may potentially cause display artifacts and result in higher battery drain so proceed with caution. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-09- 7 (Update: 2019-09- 7)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.