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