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Secret Samsung One UI 2.0 beta mode hints at 120Hz Galaxy S11 display

Samsung is seemingly preparing for a future in which some of its smartphones will be equipped with 120Hz displays, at least judging by a series of screenshots revealing a hidden option in the One UI 2.0 beta that rolled out for the Galaxy Note 9 today.

The screenshots shared by @UniverseIce suggest that One UI 2.0 will have a 120Hz display mode baked into it. The hidden menu reveals options to switch between 60Hz and 120Hz manually or automatically.

Galaxy S11 could be the first 120Hz Samsung phone

We haven’t seen higher refresh rates on Samsung phones but this could change with the Galaxy S11 lineup. The first strong clue pointing at this possibility came along with the Exynos 990 SoC announcement nearly a month ago. Among the various improvements and new features, the Exynos 990 also happens to be Samsung’s first chipset to support 120Hz displays. We already know that this chip will be powering the Galaxy S11.

As for the presence of a 120Hz display option in the One UI 2.0 beta for the Galaxy Note 9, the smartphone is technically incapable of delivering this high refresh rate, so don’t get your hopes up that a 120Hz mode will come to your 2018 flagship once One UI 2.0 launches publicly. But the hidden setting suggests that Samsung is baking this feature right into One UI 2.0 for future Android 10-powered devices that will have the hardware to go along with it.

The benefits of a 120Hz display

Simply put, animations shown on a 120Hz display will look twice as smooth compared to a 60Hz panel. This greatly improves the user experience as it makes the UI feel much more responsive. Likewise, 120Hz displays can benefit mobile games. A higher refresh rate will make a game look smoother.

Particularly, it benefits fast-paced and competitive games. Although Samsung hasn’t jumped on the gaming smartphone bandwagon, most of its Galaxy smartphone models are capable of handling mobile gaming of any kind and a 120Hz display would make its flagships that much more competitive against brands like Razer. Samsung actually supplies some of the higher refresh rate displays that we’ve seen on devices from the likes of Razer. It just hasn’t used them for its own devices. Looks like it might finally be changing its mind about that. Exciting times ahead!

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Sorry, not biting the hook. my new note 10 plus is smooth as butter unless I win a free s11, not gonna happen. For those who haven’t upgraded, go for it, as you got the money. I will wait for the note 11.

Abdallah98
Abdallah98

Does the s10 family support 120HZ ?

Anonymous
Anonymous

no. either the note 9.only s11

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I’ve seen the 120hz Pro motion Apple iPad Pro and tbh, I still don’t get the hype… It just doesn’t look like a big deal for me. Did it look smoother, yes. Was it out of this world amazing that it should be on all devices. GOD NO! Especially when it eats the battery so much

SWIZZBEATZ
SWIZZBEATZ

I totally agree.

Pr1m3MOD
Pr1m3MOD

While I can agree with your point about the battery, the smoothness it has makes it a no brainer for me. Not every phone should have this, of course not. Every 1k$ phone should have this, of course yes. It’s still an option for the end user but come on… paying those prices for “just phones”? At the very least, they should have the latest tech available since the mid-tier phones right now are so competitive. I’m still using a S10+ and I’m probably planning to get the S11+, but for me, the 120Hz display and the 5G are the… Read more »