High refresh rate displays are all the rage these days, with most smartphone manufacturers opting to include a 90Hz, 120Hz, or even 144Hz display in this year’s flagships. Even Motorola jumped on the bandwagon this year with its 90Hz-touting Edge, Edge+, and Moto G 5G Plus smartphones. Now, it seems that Motorola is making another smartphone with a high refresh rate display, but the company is testing an unusual 105Hz refresh rate mode on this device. Generally, the refresh rate of a display, in Hz, is set to a multiple of 30 or 24 to reduce micro stutters when watching most videos.
Motorola is testing a default peak refresh rate of 105Hz for “nio”. I’ve never seen a phone or display default to 105Hz, so it could just be something they’re testing like how ASUS has a 160Hz mode on the ROG Phone 3. https://t.co/bUr8Jngek0
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) November 24, 2020
We’ve seen solid evidence that this upcoming flagship has a peak refresh rate of 105Hz, but there’s no telling if Motorola will actually ship the phone in this configuration. Given that 105Hz doesn’t divide evenly into 24 or 30, it’s possible that Motorola is only testing this refresh rate during development and will cap the refresh rate at 90Hz when the phone launches. We saw something similar when ASUS launched the ROG Phone 3 with its 144Hz display, only to find out the company was testing a 160Hz refresh rate mode before launch. Alternatively, Motorola could simply adjust the refresh rate of the display whenever there’s a video on screen to avoid any micro stutters but otherwise enable the higher 105Hz refresh rate when scrolling through the UI or apps.
As for what else we know about the phone, we know that the display resolution is 2520×1080, with a display size of 6.7-inches. It also appears to pack a 5,000 mAh battery, alongside new camera features including “audio zoom”. Audio Zoom is a feature that exists already on other smartphones from the likes of Samsung, Google, and others, and it basically uses the phone’s microphones to adjust the audio focus when you zoom in or out. Other specifications have been reported by both myself and Nils Ahrensmeier of TechnikNews. The Motorola XT2125 (codenamed “Nio”) reportedly features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and a base variant with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.
The camera specifications have also been reported, and it features a 64MP primary sensor — the OmniVision OV64B image sensor, to be precise. This is joined by a 16MP OmniVision OV16A10 sensor too, which likely acts as an ultra wide-angle camera lens. The third and final sensor on the back is likely a 2MP depth sensor, the OmniVision OV02B1B. There are dual front-facing cameras, featuring a 16MP OmniVision OV16A1Q (likely an ultra wide-angle camera lens) and an 8MP Samsung S5K4H7. It will also likely launch with dual SIM support and run Android 11 out of the box with Motorola’s UI customizations and suite of nifty Android apps.
Featured image: the Motorola Edge