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Samsung might change the way the Galaxy S20 handles its 120Hz screen

Samsung is reportedly working on changing the way that the Galaxy S20 flagships utilize their new 120Hz-capable displays. As you’re probably aware, the Galaxy S20 lineup’s screens can run at 60Hz or 120Hz, but there are some caveats. Firstly, the high-refresh 120Hz mode is not available for the highest WQHD+ resolution. Secondly, the 120Hz mode is not forced, per se, meaning that the phones can switch back to 60Hz automatically in certain situations, either to prevent overheating or to improve battery life.

Now, according to a couple of rumors passed along via Twitter, Samsung is working on improving its high refresh rate screens in two ways. The company is reportedly already working on allowing the 120Hz mode on WQHD+ resolution, and according to @MaxWinebach, Samsung could implement this mode through a firmware update over the next 1-3 months ‘if all goes well.’

As for the second rumor via @UniverseIce, it comes in the form of an alleged leaked screenshot captured from one of the firmware versions of the Galaxy S20 series. It depicts a different screen refresh rate menu which includes three options instead of two. The existing ‘High refresh rate’ appears to have been renamed to ‘Dynamic’ to better-reflect how the mode works, while a new ‘High’ option would presumably lock the screen at 120Hz.

It’s unclear whether this mysterious firmware is a pre-release version or a newer one currently in development. There’s not enough evidence to support the idea that this is an upcoming feature. Given the lack of information, it could very well be a vestigial feature that has been removed on later firmware versions.

The takeaway

Because quite a few enthusiasts are very vocal about wanting 120Hz on WQHD+ resolution, these rumors may very well turn out to be correct. I don’t think there are too many users who would give up battery life while increasing thermals just for the sake of using 120Hz on WQHD+ instead of FHD+ resolution, but maybe Samsung has more optimizations in mind and it will give these fans the option to go ‘overkill mode’ if they so desire.

Samsung is no stranger to the process of adding features to brand new flagships via firmware updates. Perhaps the company is working on implementing at least one of these changes later down the line. It wouldn’t be outlandish for Samsung to add new features in this manner. Keep in mind that the dedicated Night mode was missing from the Galaxy S10 series at launch, but was added through a firmware update a few weeks after the phones went on sale.

We’ll keep our ear to the ground and let you know if we find any concrete details on the matter at hand. Until then, you probably know the drill when it comes to unconfirmed claims: keep a proverbial pinch of salt nearby and a don’t make plans based solely on preliminary rumors.

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Gunter2
Gunter2

It would be great if they could do it like on my sons ASUS ROG phone, you can choose between 60hz, 90hz and 120hz. But be prepared for lower brightness levels. On the ASUS ROG it gets quite dull, even at 90hz and my son has to play his games inside, in sunlight it’s difficult and at 120hz it’s far too dull. I think the higher hz reduces brightness as well as battery life. Maybe Samsung are working at solving it. I just know that every gaming phone using high refresh rates have duller screens when it’s in 90 or… Read more »

RHBH
RHBH

I heard Exynos 990 GPU can’t handle 1440p and 120Hz properly.

Gunter2
Gunter2

No, check the processor specs, you can find them on the Samsung site. Someone probably made it up in his head and used it as click bait without actually checking the capabilities of the processor, like you just did. 😉

karelnovak
karelnovak

Better to say instead of might then “must” and preferably out of the box already by OTA firmware release during the launch date. Also 90 Hz if technically possible would be appreciated. So only seems as a disappointment not basic storage for ultra 256GB, 45W charger missing in the sales box and of course hole with front camera. And availability of 512/16GB ultra in May, that’s two months after release which is way too long.

cardicek
cardicek

120Hz? utter uselessness

Luk4shO
Luk4shO

You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. I had my first 120hz display monitor years back and that was like the best thing since sliced bread. Then I upgraded to 144hz ultrawide and that’s even better. Once you go past 60hz on daily basis you’ll never want to switch back. Easiest way to explain is this: try reading text on your 60hz phone screen while you’re scrolling quickly – you can’t cause everything is blurry. Now if you try doing same thing on higher refresh rate screen you will actually be able to read the text. ” I… Read more »

merc320
merc320

First thing a pc monitor is different than a phone screen..yes you will see the difference on a pc screen. Many many people will not/do not see the difference in resolutions let alown 30/60 or 120hz on a phone. First the screen is too small. Second not apps or games will acually use 120hz. I dont notice the difference on my s10 from 2280×1080 or 3040×1440 they all look the same. The only thing i do notice is the battery goes flat quicker at 3040×1440

Luk4shO
Luk4shO

You’re right, not apps will run beyond 60fps. But I’m pretty sure UI and basic stuff like web browsers, FB etc will as these are not too demanding and I’m sure the phone can push these at 100+ fps. And as for the resolution, I read a lot of very small text, mostly ebooks and desktop websites on my phone without zooming in and I would never go back to 1080p solely because of that, it would be a lot harder for me to read the text if it wasn’t for extra resolution. Yet I still get over a day… Read more »

Gunter2
Gunter2

Actually to be honest, it is overblown as regards the effect. We use 120hz monitors in our R+D department for virtual prototyping of our moving parts and the high refresh rate is very useful for diagnostics and accuracy. However, better than sliced bread? No way. Feeling all this extra smoothness is generally a placebo effect. People see what they want and expect to see. Particularly visually, our brain can project belief in something that isn’t there. Just check on all the optical illusions that can fool us. The main benefits from higher refresh rates are hidden, it reduces eye strain… Read more »

Landon A
Landon A

I would gladly take advantage of the choice to forego battery life in favor of 120hz at WQHD+. On days when I know I’ll be near an outlet, I’d gladly max out the display functionality. On days when I’m out and about away from an outlet, I’d simply toggle down.

london2tim
london2tim

they better release it as soon as possible 🙂