The next entry in the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S series – purportedly set to be called either Galaxy S11 or Galaxy S20, based on the latest rumours – looks set to be unwrapped on February 11, 2020 at the Seoul-based firm’s Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco. The Galaxy S20 is expected to come with a number of key upgrades over its predecessor, the S10, but it seems the best of the bunch might not be as good as you were hoping.
Rumours suggest Galaxy S20 will not only come with a pixel-packed 2K display, but an incredibly smooth 120Hz refresh rate. Initially, it was presumed both of these features would work hand-in-hand – for an amazing new viewing experience not previously seen on a smartphone, but a recent tweet from renowned tipster Ice Universe reveals this might not be the case.
Ice Universe posts: “It can now be said with certainty that Samsung has cancelled the WQHD 120Hz option of the Galaxy S20 series, leaving only FHD 60Hz, FHD 120Hz, WQHD 60Hz.
“This means that we can’t have the best resolution and the best refresh rate at the same time.”
As explained by Ice Universe, the latest Galaxy S20 leak suggests the device will give Samsung fans a tough choice to make – either crank up the phone’s resolution to enjoy pixel-packed content or settle for 1080p and enjoy a smooth 120Hz refresh rate.
This is clearly something many Android fans didn’t see coming and has certainly divided opinion on social media. Some users have stated they’re happy to make the compromise while others are staunchly against it.
One Samsung fan said: “Still Samsung makes the best 1080p panel’s. So it’s ok to have 1080p at 120Hz.”
Another tweeted: “Whatever is happening… I’m confused and obviously unhappy about this.”
A third declared: “This really does suck, but I really only use 1080p so it wouldn’t affect me as much.”
Why is there such a kerfuffle about the so-called Galaxy S20’s refresh rate you ask? Well, many Samsung fans have started to crave a smoother user experience following the release of the OnePlus 7 Pro, Asus ROG Phone II, Razer Phone 2 and Pixel 4 that each boast higher refresh rate screens.
The smartphone arms race for displays is no longer about resolution, but refresh rate instead. Essentially, the higher refresh rate of a device, the more responsive, smoother and faster it’ll feel. That’s because there are more frames in each animation – 60Hz (the standard until recently) is 60 frames-per-second, while 120Hz is double that. That means everything feels twice as smooth, since any jutteryness is eliminated. For reference, Hollywood blockbusters are shot in 24 frames-per-second.
The difference between even a 90Hz screen a 60Hz is truly astonishing – you really have to try out a high refresh rate display to understand why they’re all the rage. Of course, the latest Galaxy S20 rumours haven’t been confirmed by Samsung, so they’re worth taking with a pinch of salt for now.
All the details about the new flagship series are expected to come on February 11. Until then, you can read about all the best new features we’re expecting from the Galaxy S20 here.
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