Sharp was first with 120Hz phone displays, now Aquos Zero 2 comes with 240Hz... sort of

Sharp was first with 120Hz phone displays, now Aquos Zero 2 comes with 240Hz... sort of
Welcome back, Sharp! Japan's most innovative cell phone company did "all-screen" phones, notches and multiple cameras way before it became cool, but its wares were only sold in Japan, of course, so it never got the global recognition it deserves.

As we mentioned, thanks to its unique IGZO display technology, Sharp has been doing cool things with "all-screen" designs and 120 Hz screen refresh rates years before anyone else. The inconspicuously named SH-01 was part of the winter crop in 2015 and it was perhaps the first phone to sport a display with such a high refresh rate. 

Sharp continues to churn out phones with 120Hz displays to this day, and has the highest number of such puppies in its portfolio, including the crazy notch and crotch R3. Animations, touch response, scrolling - it was all made better circa 2016!

Well, now Sharp is trying to out-innovate itself by introducing 240x refresh but not the real deal, rather inserting a black frame after each one appearing on the "regular" 120Hz panel of the new Aquos Zero 2.


It aims to reduce the notorious Pulse Width Modulation refresh headaches that some people experience with OLED screens, "reduce afterimages" and at the same time be gentle on battery life compared to a true 240Hz refresh that would kill the 3100mAh battery in no time. 

We'll never see this phone outside of Japan (unless you import) but it would be interesting to see how the display behaves with this extra black frame insertion, and the big boys may take notice, too.

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11 Comments

3. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

They did the notch and Apple copied them too.

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Android is Android...their is nothing exciting. Android manufacturers are too busy trying to one up their competition while forgetting about their customer base. After all it’s just a phone. They have no incentive to keep their customer long term with services.

11. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2427; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It should be noted that Foxconn, the company that makes the iPhone, owns Sharp. So it’s natural that you would see elements of Sharp in Apple.

13. User123456789

Posts: 996; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They own screen division only. Also Sharp is giving up on oled production because poor sales.

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Let’s keep it real...having a 240hz refresh rate is going to get people excited to buy this phone?

6. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

Let's keep it real..you're an Apple fanboy with only negative things to say about Android devices.

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I didn’t give this years IPhone 9.4. I would given it a lot less than that. Personally I’m tired of all of Android phones. I just wished Google would control their own destiny and give us the best 10 manufacturers to distribute their phones, products, and eco system. I really love the Note, but I’m too invested in Apple eco system to change. Personally the Note 10 is better than iPhone 11.

9. mackan84

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

All those manufacturers keeps Apple on their toes. Apple would’ve used the same designs for ten years with a tiny upgrade if it weren’t for them. Competition is always best for consumers.

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 1508; Member since: May 17, 2017

I'd like to see this in person, but I've never seen a Sharp phone in person.

14. SailfishOS

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

I'm typing this on Sharp Aquos S3

12. bisayan80

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 2019

Sorry if this is not a related question to this article but im just curious what kind of game is he playing on the picture? TIA.
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