Hidden menu hints at 120Hz refresh rate for the Samsung Galaxy S11

Hidden menu hints at 120Hz refresh rate for the Samsung Galaxy S11
Twitter tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) disseminated several tweets this morning about a hidden menu discovered in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9's One UI 2.0 beta. The menu gives the user of a Samsung phone three options related to the screen's refresh rate. The choices include turning on the high refresh rate mode and keeping the rate at 120Hz; turning off the high refresh mode and keeping the rate at 60Hz; and turning on the high refresh mode and switching automatically between 60Hz and 120Hz depending on the content.

The higher the refresh rate, the faster the screen refreshes allowing for smoother animations (great for video gameplay) and buttery smooth scrolling. Most traditional phones (like the 2019 iPhone models) have a 60Hz refresh rate and the ASUS ROG Phone 2 gaming handset features a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen on the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 90Hz refresh rate as do the displays on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

The Samsung Galaxy S11 line could feature a 120Hz refresh rate

When first released, the refresh rate on the new Pixel models would drop down to 60Hz once the screen brightness was set under 75%. That was done to prevent users from seeing the display flicker, which would be caused by the shifting of the rate between 60Hz and 90Hz (depending on the content being viewed); the human eyes are more sensitive to seeing the flickering on a darker screen. But after hearing criticism from consumers, Google sent out an update that eliminated the low-brightness threshold for the Pixel 4 XL and lowered it on the Pixel 4 to 42%. While many who have used a high refresh rate say that it is hard to go back to 60Hz after experiencing 90Hz or 120Hz, battery life must be taken into consideration. Higher refresh rates are going to drain a phone's battery faster. We may see the Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+ feature this high refresh rate mode. Speaking of Samsung's next flagship line, Ice Universe discovered that the phone has been certified in China with a 25W fast-charger. Those who want 45W charging will need to purchase the faster charging brick from Samsung.

 In the U.S., the Galaxy S11 family will be powered by the yet to be announced Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform and could be made official on February 23rd. That is the Sunday before the 2020 Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show kicks off in Barcelona. Traditionally, the manufacturer holds one of its Unpacked events to unveil the latest Galaxy S models.

We expect to see some big changes to the camera system on the phones including the use of a second 108MP sensor developed by Samsung. The first such sensor was developed for Xiaomi's handsets and the new component will reportedly deliver images worthy of the camera on a flagship device. We should see the Galaxy S11 and S11+ equipped with a wide-angle camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a telephoto camera with an optical 5x zoom. There also should be a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor for enhanced depth readings and a
better-looking bokeh effect for portraits. The Galaxy S11e could sport the wide and ultra-wide cameras on the back.

The Galaxy S11 series could also include an improved Night Mode. This is the feature that allows users to snap viewable photos in dark and low-light environments. And there is talk that Samsung will greatly enhance the photos snapped with the Galaxy S11 cameras by adding software that rivals Apple's Deep Fusion. The latter captures eight various exposures of a scene before the shutter is tapped. Using AI, in one second the exposures are analyzed at pixel-by-pixel to help create the most detailed photograph with less noise.

With over three months remaining before we should see the Galaxy S11 line officially announced, we can expect to see many more leaks ahead. Stay tuned!

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Galaxy S11
  • Display 6.7"
  • Camera 108 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Octa-core
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 4300 mAh



1. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

I don't think we need 120Hz right now. Phone batteries are very small.

2. BJay2K

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 20, 2018

Would be cool if you at least had the option though.

3. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Sure, if that makes you happy. The option would be as buggy as pixel 4 and OnePlus. I've only seen iPad pro having a consistent high refresh rate among all

11. Alcyone

Posts: 566; Member since: May 10, 2018

So what your saying is only Apple can implement the higher refresh rate properly? Look a couple articles back. Seems even PA finally admitted Apple had certain issues, just as the Androids did.

12. mackan84

Posts: 631; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I think that he is saying that a 120hz screen needs a tablet-sized battery.

23. geordie8t1

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

No that's not what he said at all, he said "I've only seen iPad pro having a consistent high refresh rate among all" clearly stating that,only ipad pro can do constant high refresh rate, all other devices cant! Typical goons

17. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Apple had!! You said that. It doesn't now. Those are certain issues unlike lot of issues on Android. Let's start with basics. SECURITY! Which of course you kids don't care of. BTW someone has become DroidArena nowadays. So pathetic

22. AlienKiss

Posts: 260; Member since: May 21, 2019

As a fan of digital security, all I have to say is that ANYTHING that runs on 1s and 0s can and will eventually be hacked. Unless you NEVER connect to the internet and you don't have any opened ports, someone will succeed. It's digital security 101.. Just do some googleing before praising a brand just because you happen to have one of those products. Anything that has a processor and RAM memory can be hacked with a simple buffer overflow program written in C#. All you need is a high enough IQ.

14. rsiders

Posts: 2009; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Don't casually add OnePlus to Google's early fumbles. OnePlus has been consistently smooth when 90hz is left on. Smooth as butter.

5. androiduser

Posts: 514; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Agreed, if I had a 120hz or 90hz phone I wouldn't want to use it but at the same time I paid for it so.. i prefer to wait till graphene batteries.

20. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Why don't you wait till nuclear cells start the fusion and fission to power your phone

8. Priyam009

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Yeah that stands correct for cheap apple devices! With 5watt charger lol when Apple gonna bring this feature in 2021 only then you can post the same comment without crying! I bet you are crying af but you have to defend apple anyway

18. JohnR

Posts: 163; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

I'm glad you're speaking for yourself...

4. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

This is precisely the kind of nonsense holding Samsung back. 120 on a regular use non gaming phone is ridiculous and not necessary. 90 is plenty fine and does lots of damage to the battery. But they just focus on stuff like this that nobody really cares about but don't focus enough on things like batteries phones that won't break the moment you drop them expandable storage true and proper IP ratings because everybody is active. But they're going to focus on nonsense like this

9. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1363; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I am pretty sure there was an article recently posted here that Samsung would be increasing the size of its batteries to support the higher refresh rates and 5g communication on its own devices. I don't agree this is holding Samsung back but on the contrary they seem to be pushing forward and moving the industry forward. whether you like or hate them they are serving their own purpose which is revenue. They are the largest OLED manufacture with the highest capacity to produce screens that even Apple has place on their devices. Samsung's plan is not only to have its own mobile line but also be the supplier for everyone else mobile line. It is a brilliant strategy - Supply the Flash ram, Nano Flash, Display etc.. If you get your components into your competitors device well the more they sell the more you also earn. So, with them making the best displays period and now having them with high refresh rates Samsung is moving the industry forward and towards its own components.

6. User123456789

Posts: 1141; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

There are about 5 or 6 with oled 120Hz or more already. Nothing new.

7. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

When samsung released note10 everyone was complaining that screen wasn't 120hz. Now everyone's bitching about it being unnecessary :)))

10. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1363; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I still remember someone here saying that 1080p screens from Sammy would cause cancer. Now no one is complains when their favorite device employs Samsung Super Amoled displays at 1080p or higher. No they are incredible screens. Lets be fair and give credit where credit is due when it comes to mobile displays Samsung's hard work and R&D paid off even in the face of its critics that keep knocking the display for over saturated colors and non life like representations- Today every one loves their Amoled displays so lets just admit Samsung has really been on the forefront when it comes to displays and is the industry leader.

15. rsiders

Posts: 2009; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Nope and wrong. People were wanting it to match the 90hz of the OnePlus 7 Pro and that's all.

19. JohnR

Posts: 163; Member since: Sep 08, 2017

One Plus will likely be also moving to 120 next year

16. Orion78

Posts: 217; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

That's why phone companies don't listen to these idiots.

13. Joosty

Posts: 490; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

90hz on the OnePlus is buttery. Wonder how this will be.

21. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 620; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

As I always say they damned if they do and they damned if they don't. Reviewers and people in comments complained that Samsung didn't have 90 or 120Hz panels even though they been supplying them to other OEM's for their devices like Asus ROG 2, but now everyone's complaining that they will use them. Anyways this is Samsung they have more options in ONE UI than any other UI so there will definetly be an option to use it at 60, 90 or 120hz.

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