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Samsung's incoming Galaxy Tab S7 could drop Super AMOLED for an LCD display

The Galaxy Tab S7 could get a 120 Hz refresh rate but lose Super AMOLED tech in the process. (Image: Evan Blass/Patreon)
The Galaxy Tab S7 could get a 120 Hz refresh rate but lose Super AMOLED tech in the process. (Image: Evan Blass/Patreon)
In the latest Galaxy Tab S7 leak, it appears the Korean company could be taking one step forward and two steps backwards with its latest slate. While the panel might now sport a 120 Hz refresh rate to match the iPad Pro ‘Pro Motion’ tech, it looks like it will step back to a cheaper LCD panel to deliver the new feature.

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One aspect of Samsung’s Galaxy S tablets that have set them apart from Apple’s iPad line is its use of Super AMOLED displays. These are renowned for contrast and black levels that LCD displays, at least on mobile panels, typically can’t compete with. However, 2020 looks to be all about high refresh rates on mobile devices and Samsung’s inbound 11-inch Galaxy Tab S7 will finally deliver a 120 Hz refresh rate that will put it on par with Apple’s current ‘Pro Motion’ display iPad Pro line.

Unfortunately, that looks like the introduction of this feature will come at the cost of Samsung’s Super AMOLED display tech which looks set to be dumped in favor of an LCD panel for this year’s ‘upgrade.’ It is possible that the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus 12.4-inch model could retain a Super AMOLED panel but it seems that this is unlikely and that it too will adopt an LCS panel to achieve the high refresh rate. Samsung’s high-refresh rate Super AMOLED panels used in its smartphones aren’t cheap – coupling Super AMOLED with a 120 Hz refresh rate for larger tablet displays are probably prohibitively expensive at this time.

It also appears that the new Tab S7 models will also feature Snapdragon 865 SoCs rather than the new Plus variant as had previously been suggested. Again, it is possible to that the larger 12.4-inch model could get the new higher performance chip but based on last year’s approach to the Galaxy Tab S6 range, the two models are more likely to be differentiated by RAM and storage configurations. Although Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip 5G unexpectedly this week, we still expect see the new Tab S7 range unveiled on August 5.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1289 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, 2020-07-24 (Update: 2020-07-24)