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Samsung Galaxy S20 will come with a gimped 120 Hz display says leaker

An accurate render of the forthcoming Galaxy S20. (Source: @OnLeaks x CashKaro)
An accurate render of the forthcoming Galaxy S20. (Source: @OnLeaks x CashKaro)
The ‘will it or won’t it?’ saga of the Galaxy S20 display capabilities has taken a new twist. Samsung leakster Ice Universe has now confirmed that the Galaxy S20 line up will have a 120 Hz-capable display, but it won’t be enabled at the preferred QHD+ resolution.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Samsung insider Ice Universe has confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S20 line up will ship with a gimped 120 Hz display, as he had come to suspect. Instead of the higher refresh rate being enabled at the preferred QHD+ resolution, it will be locked at 60 Hz when in this mode. The higher 120 Hz refresh rate can only be enabled at the lower FHD (1080p) resolution with users able to switch this back to what appears to be the standard 60 Hz refresh rate.

The news is surprising as many, if not most, flagship smartphones released in 2020 will feature OLED panels with at least a 90 Hz refresh rate or higher. This includes Apple’s iPhone 12 which is expected to pick up a 120 Hz ‘Pro Motion’ display when it launches later this year. It was only yesterday that OnePlus, one of Samsung’s major competitors, revealed through social media that its OnePlus 8 will come with a fully-enabled 120 Hz refresh rate. As if to rub salt in the wounds of Samsung fans, Samsung Display is the supplier of the OnePlus panel.

There could be at least a couple of reasons for Samsung’s decision, assuming Ice Universe’s information proves to be accurate. With at least 12 GB and even 16 GB RAM fitted to the Galaxy S20, battery life could be a concern. Another possibility is that Samsung has prioritized 120 Hz panel production for its customers, which is expected to include Apple. Either way, you can bet that Android developers will be working overtime to hack the S20 to at least allow users the option of switching on the functionality.



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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1360 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-01-14 (Update: 2020-01-14)