Updated | Samsung admits that the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ have nearly 5x higher minimum display refresh rates than advertised
When Samsung announced the Galaxy S22 series four days ago, it claimed that all three models were capable of 120 Hz refresh rates, matching last year's models. Only the Galaxy S22 Ultra could vary its refresh rate between 1-120 Hz though, thanks to its LTPO 2.0 backplane technology.
In comparison, Samsung asserted that the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ could drop as low as 10 Hz, a claim that it still makes on its website. However, Samsung has already changed its tune. As the screenshot below shows, it now states that the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ can only fluctuate between 48-120 Hz. As a result, neither device utilises LTPO backplanes, relying on LTPS ones instead.
Unfortunately, Samsung has not confirmed why it continues to advertise 10 Hz capabilities for the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ when neither can operate at lower than 48 Hz. According to Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), this is not necessarily a last-minute change on Samsung's behalf, either.
Writing on Twitter, Young states that companies have only demoed displays with LTPS backplanes at under 48 Hz. As of yet, no one has released a commercial product combining these capabilities. Presumably, independent reviewers will pick up the lack of 10 Hz support during their tests, by which time Samsung may have explained its reasons behind the misleading advertising. Until then, Samsung may continue to give a false impression about the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+'s displays.
Update - February 16
Samsung has now confirmed that it used non-industry standard measurements to come to its '10-120 Hz' claim. You can read Samsung's full statement in our corresponding article.