Motorola’s next 5G phones will borrow a key OnePlus feature

Motorola’s next 5G smartphones will feature curved “waterfall” design, 90Hz refresh rate screens that are not too dissimilar to the one seen on the OnePlus 7T Pro, according to a new leak.

The news broke earlier today when XDADevelopers reported receiving ‘leaked’ images of the handsets.

The report suggests the phones will be two of three to launch at MWC 2020 later this month. The phones don’t have confirmed names, but are currently codenamed “racer 5G” and “burton”.

According to XDA both will feature curved edge screens that wrap around the phones’ sides. In the images this made them look similar to the curved screens we’ve seen on competing handsets, like the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and OnePlus 7T Pro.

The screens will also feature a super fast 90Hz refresh rate, again like the OnePlus 7T Pro. High refresh rates are a vogue technology OnePlus helped make mainstream on mobile last year.

The tech originally debuted on phones in 2017 with the launch of the first generation Razer Phones.

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It makes phone screens render more images per second. This in turn makes the screen feel smoother to use and can offer some competitive advantages when doing things like online gaming.

Racer will reportedly be the lower specced of the two, featuring a Qualcomm 765 CPU, 6GB RAM and basic 48-megapixel primary sensor that’ll be backed up by an unspecified secondary snapper.

Burton will be powered by the more expensive Qualcomm 865 chipset and larger 8/12 GB RAM. The leak didn’t offer any info on burton’s camera setup.

Motorola is one of many phone makers rumoured to release a high refresh rate screen this year. Samsung’s Galaxy S11 line of phones will feature even faster 120Hz refresh rate screens, according to industry rumblings.

Conflicting reports suggest at least one of Apple’s iPhone 12 phones will feature a high refresh rate screen as well.

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