The next flagship phone in OnePlus' portfolio will reportedly boast a 120Hz display, and the reason why we're telling you about this is that Samsung Display is the screen supplier. Now, this is no official guarantee that Samsung's own flagship phones set to launch throughout the year will have a 120Hz display. After all, there's a bit of Samsung in nearly every smartphone on the market, regardless of which brand they carry. Nevertheless, this confirms that Samsung Display is capable of mass-producing 120Hz panels for its clients. Sooner or later, the technology will eventually make it into Samsung's own smartphones, and the Galaxy S20 series is a prime contender to that.
The Galaxy S20 could be the first to adopt a 120Hz display
There have been clues to suggest that Samsung's next flagship phone series will be equipped with a 120Hz screen. From the unveiling of the Exynos 990 SoC with 120Hz support to a secret 120Hz display mode found in the One UI 2.0 beta, there are reasons to believe that the Galaxy S20 lineup could give users the option to choose between 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates.
The 120Hz panel acquired by OnePlus from Samsung Display supports HDR and is said to be capable of reaching peak brightness levels of 1000 nits. The panel can be switched to 60Hz mode if so desired.
Samsung's own flagships for 2020 could boast similar display characteristics. HDR support and up to 1000 nits of brightness are already par for the course in the Galaxy series, but 120Hz would make animations much smoother and the UI should feel more responsive as a result. A 120Hz panel also helps mobile gamers (at least for games that support 120Hz mode) particularly in fast-paced titles that benefit from a higher framerate. We'll just have to wait and see if the Galaxy S20 will have one.