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Galaxy S20 will auto switch to 60 Hz refresh rate in some situations

A display with a high refresh rate is one of the best features of Samsung’s new flagship, the Galaxy S20. The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra have AMOLED displays with 120 Hz refresh rate, the highest possible on smartphone displays right now. However, some folks have been critical of the fact that the 120 Hz refresh rate cannot be used at the maximum screen resolution.

Samsung isn’t saying why it made the choice to allow the high refresh rate only at up to Full HD+ screen resolution. We’re assuming it has to do with the fact that pushing high refresh rates at high resolutions can be quite taxing on a device’s GPU and affect battery life. And we have now learned that even at Full HD+, the Galaxy S20 won’t always stick to 120 Hz refresh rate and will automatically switch to 60 Hz in certain situations.

High battery temps, some apps will bring refresh rate down to 60 Hz

These situations are mostly related to the battery, as expected: The Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra will switch to 60 Hz refresh rate whenever the battery temperature goes above 42°C and when the battery level drops down to 5% or lower. The switch to 60 Hz will also happen when certain apps are launched, such as the camera or Google Maps. Such apps eat up a lot of battery power in general, so it’s not surprising that Samsung is making sure that the smooth and quick 120 Hz refresh rate won’t be active when those apps are being used.

Will Samsung ever offer customers the option to use both 120 Hz refresh rate and maximum screen resolution (WQHD+), perhaps by adding it via a software update? It’s certainly something plenty of people have been demanding ever since the Galaxy S20 series went official, but whether or not the Korean giant will listen and add such an option is not something we can say right now. However, we have reached out to Samsung for a comment and will let you know as soon as we hear back.

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keepitsimple1
keepitsimple1

Refresh rates will not stop power addictive upgrading to S20s. Some to many will buy them as If they were candy. Questions remain is how will it perform as to exuberant pricing most cant obtain?
many jumping from the note 10 plus which 6 months in is a bad move when the note 20 ups the game in 5 months.

london2tim
london2tim

it appears they are pushing an update that will offer 120hz at 1440p – thank god they came to their sense dont know why they didnt do it from the start

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I went to the Samsung store today again and I spent a considerable amount of time testing this “super smooth” 120Hz refresh rate and still can’t see what’s the hype about the same way I don’t see it with 90Hz in any of the Oneplus 7 models and the pixel 4 . I did a speed test against my Note 9 and I can’t see a big difference, to my eyes is very very negligible. It might be a different story when it comes to high graphic games though but for the daily apps most people use this feature should… Read more »

bighass
bighass

the phone doesn’t even release for another two weeks, you didn’t try the s20. there are no demo units available yet

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Bighass I don’t know where you live but here in London there are demo units in Samsung’s stores and at least in one carrier called Carephone warehouse up for preorders. I’m not against the inclusion of the 120Hz refresh rate on the contrary especially for that high price and given that it will become major standard feature from now on. Samsung should definitely include that and more. I just think that based on my test where it might make a visible change is on gaming and it’s a little bit overrated and it shouldn’t be used as big selling point… Read more »

london2tim
london2tim

what he said ¬

Gunter2
Gunter2

I think many people are getting this all wrong. My son has the ASUS ROG 2 phone. He’s mad into gaming and it can run games at 90hz as I’m sure everyone knows. The problem is actually screen brightness. When he is playing games at 90hz the screen gets so dark that he can’t play games in bright light. This, by the way is not just a problem with the ROG phone, other gaming phones running at 90hz have the same problem. I think this is a technical issue that has not been solved as yet. Software won’t fix it.… Read more »

JSH1973
JSH1973

I don’t think it’s a big deal since the phones are so cheap….

london2tim
london2tim

oh my god – seriously now? soon will find out you cant use 120HZ at all lol and they make such a big deal about on all websites – how they have 120HZ display when is really only at FHD+ now you’re saying even this is restricted? dont know about the camera – but google maps is energy hog?? jeez – i really want to use google maps in 120hz as i use the maps a lot and it would make sense to get a buttery experience when navigating PS also out of curiosity – how do you even know… Read more »

london2tim
london2tim

also the phone has 12/16gb ram and still cant run google maps in 120 hz? LOL – this is mental

cardicek
cardicek

120Hz on mobile? just scramble on people no more. To know it at least this really do not need yet 🙂 owner S10 +

RHBH
RHBH

The reason why it doesn’t run 1440p @ 120Hz is simple. Exynos 990 GPU can’t handle it. Only Snapdragon 865 can run it smoothly.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Actually no, you should check the technical specifications of the processor. Of course it can handle it. The issue has absolutely nothing got to do with processors or batteries, it’s to do with technical restrictions on high refresh rate screens. They cannot stay bright enough. Same problem on my sons gaming phone.

Luk4shO
Luk4shO

It has everything to do with battery and processor. Don’t compare some ROG screen to samsung panel. Gaming monitors don’t suffer with brightness issues regardless of 60hz or 240hz so… the issue is that at 1080p @ 120hz you’re pushing almost 250 million pixels EVERY second. While at WQHD+ @ 60hz that is already more at over 276 million pixels. 120hz @ WQHD+ resolution would be 553 milion pixels EVERY second. So yeah, imagine how much that would strain you battery and CPU/GPU. So please, don’t go saying that brightness is the only reason because some ROG phone can’t handle… Read more »