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The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra display is the first to use Samsung's new variable rate refresh tech

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first display with a 120 Hz refresh rate that offers Samsung's new variable refresh rate tech dubbed "Adaptive Frequency." (Image: Samsung)
The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first display with a 120 Hz refresh rate that offers Samsung's new variable refresh rate tech dubbed "Adaptive Frequency." (Image: Samsung)
Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features is the first to feature Samsung Display's 'Adaptive Frequency' technology. The company's display division revealed the details as it moved to make the tech available to other OEMs.
Sanjiv Sathiah,

Samsung might have stiffed buyers of its Galaxy Note 20 users by sticking with a 60 Hz display, but customers of its Ultra model have what could be the most advanced 120 Hz display on the market. Samsung Display today unveiled more details about the variable refresh rate technology as it opens up orders to other OEMs for order.

Most devices featuring 120 Hz-capable displays on the market can operate at either 120 Hz or 60 Hz. The Dynamic Super AMOLED display in the Note 20 ultra can adjust itself to as low as 10 Hz when viewing photos, for example, to conserve power. When things like games are playing, it can then ramp right back up to 120 Hz and then cut the rate back to 60 Hz when viewing a TV show.

Samsung says that its 'Adaptive Frequency' tech can result in power savings of up to 22 percent compared to regular high-refresh rate displays. It isn't the first time we have seen this sort of technology as there are laptops among other devices where this technology has been applied. It is, however, the first time this tech has been deployed on smartphones.

Our Adaptive Frequency display technology is expected to considerably enhance the user experience by calibrating refresh rates in line with the requirements of a specific application and therein more precisely allocating available power. This will free up time for other smartphone operations.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-08-12 (Update: 2020-08-12)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.