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The Nubia Play is being hyped as 2020's first mid-range 144Hz display phone

The Nubia Play has a 144Hz display. (Source: Weibo)
The Nubia Play has a 144Hz display. (Source: Weibo)
This year has already seen a (very) exclusive club of phones that pack notebook-grade 144 hertz (Hz) display refresh rates. Nubia has announced that the upcoming Play will be the next to join it. However, unlike its new co-members, it is a premium mid-ranger and not a flagship.

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2020 is a year in which 120Hz appears to be the bar at which the refresh rates in premium smartphone displays has been set. However, a small handful of devices have set themselves apart by breezing right past it to 144Hz instead. The first of these to be unveiled was the Red Magic 5G, thought to be followed by the iQOO Neo3. However, Nubia has announced that its own new phone, the Play, will beat it to launch.

This device is to debut on April 21, 2020, whereas the iQOO offering will do so 2 days later. However, the latter can still say it will be the 2nd flagship-grade phone to have this display spec. The Nubia Play, on the other hand, may use 144Hz AMOLED to stand out from a growing pool of mid-rangers with its Snapdragon 765G processor.

Therefore, it will be as much of a next-gen mobile-data device as the rest of its competitors (such as the OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G, TCL 10 5G and Vivo Z6 5G), but also have that extra speedy edge. The Play (which is from the same general OEM as the new Red Magic) is also interesting in that it is depicted in its teasers as having a small forehead for its selfie camera rather than a notch or punch-hole.

This design choice may be somewhat of a throwback, but may be refreshing, particularly as the effect of its sophisticated screen (also touted to have a 240Hz touch-sampling rate) will not be interrupted in any way. The rest of the Nubia Play's specs will be revealed in full at its live-streamed launch.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04-19 (Update: 2020-04-19)