The Samsung Galaxy S20 series will reportedly feature 120Hz displays

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series will reportedly feature 120Hz displays
Samsung Galaxy S20+ CAD-based render

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is shaping up to be a massive upgrade in virtually every sense but, according to tipster Ice Universe, the new displays will be one of the lineup’s main highlights.

Forget 90Hz, Samsung is going all-in with 120Hz screens


Before you get too excited thinking Samsung is about to ditch its controversial punch-hole technology or revert to flat panels, that isn’t what’s happening. The South Korean giant introduced a huge visual refresh on the Galaxy S10 and is expected to build upon it this year with slightly smaller bezels and a repositioned selfie camera.

Ice Universe is referring to an important upgrade to the underlying display technology that’ll reportedly see the chosen panel’s refresh rate jump from the standard 60Hz featured on the Galaxy S10 to an extremely impressive 120Hz.

The overall software experience should, therefore, appear noticeably snappier and smoother to even the untrained eye. This move will also put Samsung in front of OnePlus and Google, who both adopted 90Hz displays on their latest flagships, and miles ahead of Apple, who still uses 60Hz screens.

The best part of this drastic change, though, is possibly the South Korean company’s implementation plans. Unlike certain other brands which discriminate against buyers of their cheaper flagships by limiting the higher refresh rate technology to more expensive models, Samsung is reportedly planning to fit the entire Galaxy S20 series with 120Hz displays.

That means buyers of the standard Galaxy S20 will benefit from the same software experience as those who opt for the pricier Galaxy S20+ or Galaxy S20 Ultra. The only difference will be the size of the displays – Samsung is planning to fit them with 6.2-inch, 6.7-inch, and 6.9-inch panels respectively.

Big upgrades are also expected elsewhere


To guarantee owners will be able to take full advantage of the 120Hz display, Samsung is expected to fit the Galaxy S20 series with one of two processors depending on the region. Those living in the United States will gain access to the arguably superior Snapdragon 865 whereas people residing in Europe and other markets are expected to receive Exynos 990-powered variants.

All three US models look set to offer 5G network support as standard, but only the Galaxy S20 Ultra will do so internationally. That's because the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ should also be available in 4G LTE-only models where 5G networks aren't yet up and running.

Huge advancements are to be anticipated in the camera department, too, because reports suggest the trio of devices will feature an all-new 108-megapixel main camera paired with an updated ultra-wide-angle shooter. The cheaper Galaxy S20 will also feature a telephoto camera, while the Galaxy S20+ is going to include an additional Time-of-Flight sensor.

As for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, it's expected to replace the telephoto camera with a new periscope-like alternative that supports 5x optical zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra announcement 


After much speculation and even a leaked promotional video, Samsung has officially confirmed that its next flagship lineup will be unveiled at Unpacked on Tuesday, February 11. The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra should all be present at the event alongside the Galaxy Fold 2 and a pair of upgraded wireless earphones dubbed Galaxy Buds+. 

Pre-orders for all three smartphones are expected to commence by the end of the week before shipments commence on Friday, February 21. This move will give Samsung quite a bit of time to sell its devices to consumers before rival brands have the chance to debut their latest phones at MWC 2020 just a few days later.

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35 Comments

1. Rocket

Posts: 732; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Not bad, just hope that the rumored 5000mah for the S20+ its true because will be needed for that refresh rate.

21. androiduser

Posts: 556; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Should've been 90hz, save money and battery, save the 120hz for note 20 and s30

35. cevon3239

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Can't you just be happy? Why go to 90hz f 120 is available. both likely will drain roughly similar amounts of power. Plus you can drop it down to 60hz if you want too. if they had dropped a 60hz model, you would have said, why didn't they do 120hz. It is a good thing OEM's don't make every decision based on personal opinions, because people are never satisfied.

26. Zachary_99

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

There's an option to switch to 60. Franky I would turn it off anyways and enjoy the battery life, because that refresh rate makes no sense on a phone and is pointless.

30. TadTrickle

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Agreed, unless your playing games

33. Zachary_99

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

Mobile games, and I can't stress enough, suck balls. They aren't something to take that seriously.

36. cevon3239

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

But most games are 60hz or less. So having a higher refresh rate provides no benefit either way.

2. RoryBreaker

Posts: 304; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

I like this release date strategy from Sammy. People being able to show up to MWC with their shinny new Galaxy devices would be a statement. Side note, I'm wondering what the battery specs are for the Ultra.

3. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1185; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I can't wait for the Note 20 Ultra. It's gonna be a beast of a device.

24. Taheer6

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 04, 2020

I hope they don't use Ultra

25. DBozz

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

they will use, so that they can launch 100 more versions below that

4. Alcyone

Posts: 613; Member since: May 10, 2018

Sounds promising. However, I'm gonna be skipping this yr. 5g is still too much in infancy. I'm also awaiting use of graphene battery tecg to be used. Imo, I believe it'll be ready for the Galaxy S in 2021.

5. Cat97

Posts: 2024; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

...but will still "feature" a chin, with all that new "technology". Lame...

6. Galen20K

Posts: 582; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

not nearly as lame as your comment

7. cevon3239

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

Well a chin looks better than a notch. And why all of a sudden we are all hating on bezels? All phones have had bezels for years and I didn't see anyone complain. In fact you all complained reducing the bezel was a bad idea. Now that they almost have none and the phones still looks cool, now your complaining about a small bezel. Then you have people hate on curved screen. Saying they break easy. What you think is gonna happen with an all-screen front with no bezel? You want a more fragile device? I rather have some chin, and some forehead too.

9. pimpin83z

Posts: 622; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Soooooooo you've seen the actual finished product?

8. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

A prime example of one of Samsung's most fatal flaws wasting time on technology 99% of the people who aren't Tech nerds don't care about and not paying attention to Tech 99% of the people do care about like bigger batteries. Nobody cares about 120 hertz refresh rates and when they find out that it kills their battery they're going to be pissed. This is such a lame choice. There's a ceiling effect with refresh rates.

10. pimpin83z

Posts: 622; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I'd say wait until the final product is released before making comments you think makes sense. You don't know what they have up their sleeves.

31. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

We'll see. The AVERAGE user 1) doesn't care 2) wont know how to switch 3) no one is ever out socially and says "oh my gosh I wish I had a 120hz refresh rate" but you consistently hear them say "oh man I got to charge my phone" - choice is good yada yada yada I don't deny that but when you spend so much effort developing a choice nobody cares about you need to think twice and these are just a simple facts for non-tech nerds. Battery > 120 refresh

34. Zachary_99

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

If you aren't into your tech then why put a down payment on a freaking flagship? A choice is still a choice and valued by people who like features and versatility, otherwise you're the rest who buy crappy iPhones thinking you're getting the gold standard. Again, emphasis on *OPTIONS*. I'm certain those who value battery will appreciate this, but for the uninitiated, it's almost going to be a given that it will be toggled off in the medium power save feature- and I'm certain nobody needs an explanation as to what that is, dude.

11. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 778; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

You're not completely incorrect, but knowing Samsung and their usual approach to things like this, you'll have the option to put the display at 60, 90, or 120Hz. This is nothing to be upset about. Choice is always good.

22. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 410; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

This makes the most sense, just like how they offer differing screen resolutions, it's all about choices

18. AlienKiss

Posts: 318; Member since: May 21, 2019

Considering that Samsung allows us to change the resolution and the DPI density from developer settings, I'm more than 100% sure we'll have the option to choose between 60, 90 and 120 Hz. Also if Samsung wouldn't be taking this approach, then there would be other people complaining that the competition has better display specs. Quit whining like a brat!

12. User123456789

Posts: 1355; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Something else called gimmick, then "must have" after Samsung adds it. Same thing with IP rating, stereo speakers, glass body etc ...

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4390; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Still a gimmick adding very little day to day value

14. LiveFaith

Posts: 518; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Smoother scrolling and screen actions will make for a more pleasant user experience. No the "fat middle" of the market could care less @ 90 or 120hz RR. But, they will love the fact that when they use the device, it will have a far more pleasing visual experience. Plus, Sammy will at least offer multiple RR settings IMO. Kinda like resolution choices. I use the 1080 one on my Note b/c it uses less power and my eyes can't see the difference of 1440. RR will at least offer the option. But, better than setting choices, they should also offer AUTOMATIC RRs based on display activity. When scrolling or having motion activity, the device should refresh at 120hz for superior smoothness. When display sitting idle it should scale back to 60hz or even less to save battery and still appear equl to the naked eye.

27. User123456789

Posts: 1355; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Screen resolution is just a placebo. Limitation of resolution app can run. It is still QHD. You need to "turn off" 60% of the pixels to turn it into Full HD. Which you leave 60% of the screen black.

37. cevon3239

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2020

On Samsung phones you can turn off all animations and everything is just snappy. High refresh rates are pointless on a small screen regardless of resolution. The reasons TV's have 120/240 refresh rates is because, at 4K there is a considerable amount of pixels to refresh and using a higher rate means all the pixels can be refreshed equally and at the same time to prevent artifacts like ghosting and motion blur. On a phone, you will almost never have such, because the screens are small and 60hz is more than fast enough. And when you consider most videos are 60FPS or less, and most games are too; a higher refresh rate is pointless. It is just a money grab, because it will increase the cost of the phone, for a pointless feature.

19. AlienKiss

Posts: 318; Member since: May 21, 2019

IP Rating we all enjoy comes from Sony. They were the first major brand to adopt it and the rest followed.

38. Zachary_99

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 21, 2019

Aside from that, 21:9 aspect ratios and LDAC, there's literally nothing noteworthy or competitive about Sony phones. Their branding, naming marketing and features suck balls and feel a little half-baked at best versus the rest. I don't really see the point in a 4k screen on a phone either, if I'm going to be honest with you.

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