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Galaxy S21 Ultra may be the first Samsung phone to support 120Hz at QHD+

The S20 Ultra may just be the first Samsung phone to run 120Hz at QHD+ resolution.


What you need to know

  • A new report suggests that the Galaxy S21 Ultra may offer 120Hz refresh rate at QHD+ resolution.
  • The new feature doesn’t seem to be coming to the regular Galaxy S21 and the Galaxy S21+.
  • The Galaxy S21 series will reportedly launch on January 14, 2021.

Samsung’s next flagship smartphone series, the Galaxy S21-series, is reportedly set for a debut on January 14. Much like the Galaxy S20 lineup, the Galaxy S21 series will come in three variants, including the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

According to a new report from Ice universe (also known as @UniverseIce), a known industry insider based in China, the Ultra variant of the Galaxy S21 may be the first Samsung phone to offer a 120Hz refresh rate at a QHD+ resolution.

S21 U2K+120Hz pic.twitter.com/PawHEVD2jA

— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 7, 2020

S21 U WQHD + LTPO 120HzSupport 45W108MP HM3Almost equal width bezel

— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 10, 2020

All three variants of the Galaxy S21 are believed to come with a 120Hz QHD+ display, however, the report implies that only the Ultra version will be able to utilize the high refresh rate mode and the QHD+ resolution at the same time. If the report is believed to be true, the reason is most likely due to the Galaxy S21 Ultra having a sufficient battery capacity to handle the new feature.

This feature has been in high demand ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Note 20-series, which only support 120Hz at 1080p and 60Hz at QHD+ resolution. The lack of the feature has been often attributed to the power demands of simultaneously using a high refresh rate at a high resolution.

Since it seems that Samsung isn’t making any meaningful upgrades in display resolution or refresh rate this time around, it’s great to hear that the display on the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be able to handle a 120Hz refresh rate and a QHD+ resolution at the same time. OPPO and OnePlus already offer devices that hit 120Hz at QHD+ in the Find X2 Pro and 8 Pro, so it is good to see that Samsung will do so as well with the S21 Ultra in 2021.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra


$1198 at Amazon

If you want the ultimate Samsung phone, you either have to go with the Note 20 Ultra or this one. The Galaxy S20 Ultra has a massive 6.9-inch display, a 108MP camera, and a giant 5,000 mAh battery.

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