December 2, 2023
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I discover myself unable to make use of smartphones at evening as a result of they pressure my eyes, which in flip causes complications. In case you are something like me, you most likely dislike having a smartphone display screen in entrance of you in circumstances when gentle is dim ot nonexistent. Or worse, you might need developed Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) sensitivity, which may make you’re feeling nauseous when utilizing a telephone at evening. That is solved by the Honor 90.

I’m privileged to have a number of telephones at my disposal, and the Honor 90 has grow to be my go-to telephone for nighttime studying and analysis due to its 3840Hz PWM show. However to know the answer, we should first perceive PWM dimming and its results on human eyes.

What’s PWM dimming, and the way does the Honor 90 assist?

Honor 90 display with iPhone 14 Pro Max and Galaxy Z Fold 5 in the background.
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All smartphone screens, whether or not LCD or OLED, are made up of small LEDs that activate and off to let you view what’s on the show. Nearly all flagship telephones in the present day characteristic OLED shows.

However LEDs work on digital indicators, which means that an LED can both be on (1) or off (0) – there isn’t a depth like analog indicators between 0% and 100%. Once you modify display screen brightness, the LEDs aren’t dimming or brightening, however the length between the LEDs staying on and off is altering.

This technique of speedy toggling of LEDs is known as Pulse Width Modulation or PWM dimming. My pal Nicholas Sutrich, a PWM-sensitive individual, did a deep dive on display screen flickering over at Android Central, which I like to recommend you learn.

If the flickering pace is excessive, it permits the human eye to understand that the display screen is on constantly. Then again, a low flicker price strains the eyes, which may trigger nausea and headache. Think about a torch being quickly turned on and off in a darkish room – it’ll trigger issues to your eyes. But when the toggle frequency may be very excessive, it wouldn’t have an effect on the mind as badly, and it’ll interpret the sunshine as being continuously on.

The Honor 90 gives an especially excessive PWM price of three,840Hz, which is sort of 8x sooner than the iPhone 14 Professional Max and as much as 16x sooner than the flagship Samsung Galaxy S23 Extremely or Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. Consequently, I haven’t had a headache or felt the Honor 90 show straining my eyes in low brightness. The telephone additionally has a Circadian Evening Show characteristic that adjusts the display screen’s brightness to match your circadian rhythms. These two options mix to supply a greater visible expertise than virtually all different telephones.

A strong Android telephone throughout the board

Honor 90 display.
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The Honor 90 contains a 6.7-inch OLED show with a 1200 x 2664 decision and 120Hz refresh price. It additionally helps HDR10+ media. I’ve had a optimistic expertise watching content material on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube. The display screen is vibrant and vivid. And due to the quad-curve show, it feels just like the bezels are minimal, making the viewing expertise extra gratifying. It will probably go as much as 1,600 nits in brightness, which is first rate for legibility in direct daylight.

I like Honor 90’s design as a result of it’s comfy to carry and light-weight on the wrist at 183 grams. The matte texture helps with the in-hand really feel too. It’s acquired a gradient texture that makes the telephone look good. My solely grievance right here is the shortage of stereo audio system.

Honor logo on the Honor 90.
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I’m not a fan of the 2 round digital camera modules on the again, however I’m not complaining an excessive amount of as a result of they pack a 200MP main digital camera, which gives giant photos that may be zoomed in whereas nonetheless retaining the main points. It’s acquired good dynamic vary and coloration output. Photographs captured by way of the 12MP ultrawide lens look nice in vibrant daylight. Like different ultrawide cameras in the marketplace, the photographs from this one come out smooth in lowlight circumstances. There’s a 2MP depth sensor, which isn’t useful as a 3rd digital camera, however would possibly assist with portraits. On the entrance lies a 50MP selfie shooter, which is fairly good.

The Honor 90 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip, paired with 8GB/12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB storage. It runs MagicOS 7.1, based mostly on Android 13, which nonetheless feels a bit cluttered to me. In day-to-day use, I haven’t confronted any lag or stutters within the UI. From app switching to multitasking, it’s been a easy expertise. It packs a 5,000mAh battery with help for 66-watt quick charging. It can final you a complete day with ease.

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Honor 90 in hand with iPhone 14 Pro Max and Galaxy Z Fold 5 in background.
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At 450 British kilos within the U.Ok., the Honor 90 is a strong midrange machine. It’s acquired the perfect show within the section, a comfortable-to-hold design, 200MP digital camera and efficiency, and an all-day battery life.

It’s exhausting to say if Honor’s laser deal with PWM dimming will encourage different corporations to observe swimsuit, however I definitely hope it does. It might not be the flashiest characteristic round, nevertheless it is among the most necessary — and one thing Apple, Samsung, and different corporations must be paying simply as a lot consideration to.

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