Sony Xperia fans might find it interesting to know that some Xperia phone models actually have the ability to run their screens at a 120Hz refresh rate, just like the Razer Phone. More specifically, it appears that this “feature” has existed since 2016.
It turns out that Sony has purposely been putting in the feature into some of its models, but has effectively disabled it from running on the phones. The only problem, however, is that you can’t easily flip the switch on it, and according to XDA Developers, you may not want to.
To actually activate the 120Hz mode, Xperia users would have to patch the phone’s on-board kernel, which isn’t something the normal users would be accustomed to doing on a regular basis.
Even if you do manage to activate it, reports say that the feature doesn’t maintain consistency and that some testers couldn’t even get their display run at 90Hz. Even then, it has been found to work on the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ, Xperia XZ1 series, Xperia XA2, and Xperia XA2 Ultra.
XDA Developers argued that the flaw isn’t a hardware issue, but rather a software one. At this stage, Android Oreo is still not optimised to natively handle 120Hz (The Razer Phone does it via its custom-made LCD display). On a more upbeat note, at least we now know there’s a possibility of a future Xperia device that’ll have a display running on a 120Hz refresh rate by default.