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Galaxy S20’s 120Hz display mode may not work at max screen resolution

With the Galaxy S20, Samsung is all set to join the high refresh rate game. It’s more or less confirmed that the Galaxy S20 series will feature a 120Hz display panel, which will make for smoother animations and scrolling in the user interface and give gamers an edge in fast-paced titles. However, it seems the 120Hz refresh rate will not work at the maximum screen resolution if the latest rumor from the Twitterverse is to be believed.

The 120Hz display mode will reportedly work only at Full HD+ resolution, not at WQHD+. The limitation probably has something to do with Samsung trying to balance battery life with a high-quality viewing experience, as higher refresh rates typically cause more battery drain. It also takes more processing power to maintain high frame rates, especially when gaming, so the compromise between screen resolution and refresh rate does make sense, even if it will disappoint many who had been looking forward to the 120Hz AMOLED display on the Galaxy S20.

And perhaps this will be a limitation we will see on phones from other manufacturers as well, including OnePlus’ next phone, which is set to have a 120Hz display panel made by Samsung. Smartphone displays with 120Hz refresh rates are a new territory, one that multiple manufacturers are expected to enter this year, and it will be interesting to see if all of them will prevent users from enjoying the benefits of high refresh rates and high screen resolutions at the same time.

What do you think? Would it matter to you if the Galaxy S20 will force you to use a lower resolution in order to offer a higher refresh rate?

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anbk
anbk

Thats rubbish. There must be an option for wqhd+ 120hz. They could ship with 60hz 1080p or 120hz 1080p as default. That too is stupid from samsung as 1080p n 1440p doesnt make a huge cut on battery. Anyways not having an option is absurd. Let the user decide if they are willing to sacrifice battery life for better display quality n user exp?!

punitverma2010
punitverma2010

If this happens then we can’t play games at max resolutions 120Hz. It’s really a major drawback.

london2tim
london2tim

what a joke
dont make 120HZ screens if you cant make them work for all resolutions
thats like selling a car that can reach 150mph only if the roof is cut off

im really starting to hate the S20 – it seems all smokes and mirrors but in reality nothing new

SWIZZBEATZ
SWIZZBEATZ

Nice said bro. It’s the truth

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

For a.screen to be 6.1 or above. You need to have qhd+ else it’s just looks rubbish.

Not having 120hz at full resolution is just rubbish. Is there option for 90hz at qhd+?

fcaroll
fcaroll

Given that smartphones always work in Vsync, i think that a variable refresh rate screen (as Gsync or Freesync, not just lowering the refresh rate for energy saving as someone does) could make more sensr than this high refresh rate hype

siaho
siaho

gsync and freesync are not perfect either, because while there will be no screen tiering – when the fps is 40 from 120 max display output, it’s super easy to notice and feel choppiness. Now imagine the fps jumping to 60, then 120, then again 40, then 30… it’s just not that perfect. You need powerful hardware that is capable of outputting the big FPS numbers. Even apple A13 is not capable of that in every game/scenario (120fps) and only sd865 will be in similar position but worse. The exynos will be a joke in that regard again this year.… Read more »

shezkhan123
shezkhan123

i dont know what is the problem sith samsung ?
if they want they can do anything through software always play with the feelings of the their fans

siaho
siaho

There should be just an option for 1440p/120Hz next to the 1080p/120Hz and 1440p/60Hz – problem solved. All that “we ship you an 1440p screen, but we set the resolution to 1080p” nonsense should stop. Especially as it’s proven that for everyday normal use the battery does not drain more… the difference is in gaming primary and games that will output native resolution (as most games internally are @ lower resolution normally and upscaled to fit the screen after).

Won’t be surprised to see them doing that tho, because this year the exynos is again vastly inferior next to the snapdragon.