It would appear that mobile games with high refresh rates are becoming more and more popular now that there’s a slew of Android devices out there that support 90-120fps. For the uninitiated, the higher the refresh rate for a game, the better it looks in action, which is why gamers are often concerned with refresh rates. Of course, it’s difficult to keep track of the many phones that support high framerates, so in this roundup, I’ll first go into the devices available and which ones stand above the crowd. Then I’ll list out some of the standout games that support high frame rates, and after that, you’ll find a full list of supported Android games. Essentially this is a roundup of everything to do with the games and devices that support high refresh rates, compiled by yours truly.
The first notable phone to support higher refresh rates on Android was the Razer Phone released in 2017, with the followup Razer Phone 2 released in 2018. Of course, after the first Razer phone was announced, many manufacturers jumped on the bandwagon with their own gaming-centric interpretations. ASUS is one such manufacturer with the ROG Phone and ROG Phone 2. Of course OnePlus offers the 7 Pro with a 90hz screen. But that’s not all. There’s the ZTE nubia Red Magic 3 as well as Sharp’s Aquos R3. There are also rumors that the Pixel 4 will sport a 90hz screen, which should really bring a lot of attention to higher refresh rates in apps and games once it’s released.
As you can see, there’s a solid selection of high refresh rate phones available on the market or coming soon, though many of them will be hard to come by in the West. Another issue is that a lot of these devices sport gaming-centric add-ons, like controllers or coolers, and many of the designs used leave a lot to be desired thanks to a tired gaming aesthetic. Razer embraces this with its LED logo, and the ROG line is one of the worst offenders with odd shapes that are extremely bulky. Luckily this bulkiness stems from the large batteries used, so at least you know you can count on long gaming sessions with many of the device’s available.
As it stands, I’d say the OnePlus 7 Pro reigns supreme as the best device that supports high refresh rates, thanks to the fact it wasn’t built with a focus on gaming. It’s more a phone for everyday use that just so happens to support a 90hz screen, and while Razer and ASUS offer higher refresh rates in a few devices, the hardware often leaves a lot to be desired. Of course, if you’d rather go all-in on a gaming-centric phone for the highest refresh rates available, the Razer Phone 2 and upcoming ROG Phone 2 are your best choices.
Since there are 174 games that support high refresh rates on Android, I figured it might be a good idea to detail a few of the standouts. Below you’ll find 10 of the better games pulled from today’s full list (at the bottom of the page) that should appeal to a wide range of gamers no matter their preferred genres.