Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S11 rumored to have 120Hz display

Samsung's new 2020 flagship Galaxy S11 could have Advanced 120Hz Display.

Published Oct 30, 2019 11:18 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:46 AM CST
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Samsung should see its flagship 2020 smartphones in the next-gen Galaxy S11 family feature 120Hz refresh rate displays, something that would make the entire phone experience silky-smooth.

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120Hz displays on smartphones isn't totally new, with ASUS and its kick-ass ROG Phone II and Razer's own iconic Razer Phone II both featuring 120Hz displays. Other manuifacturers like Google and OnePlus have 90Hz displays in their Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL and One Plus 7T and 7T Pro smartphones, respectively.

But Samsung hasn't shifted into the world of faster refresh rates on its smartphones... yet. It seems that 2020 will be the year, where thanks to its latest Exynos 990 processor, we should see the world of 120Hz on the Galaxy S11 open up. The new Exynos 990 chip is also made on the new 7nm process.

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Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 855+ chip is already powering the 90/120Hz gaming smartphones, with Samsung needing to release its next-gen Exynos 990 before it can offer 120Hz. Sure, Samsung COULD offer a Snapdragon 855+ powered Galaxy S10 in a new SKU with a 120Hz display, but it would have to power that flagship first-ever Galaxy at 120Hz smartphone with its competitors chip, and I don't think Samsung wants to let that happen... so, 2020 it is.

Then it can have its own 120Hz-capable SoC and offer its new flagship with 120Hz without having to split the market like it does now. Certain markets get Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S and Galaxy Note smartphones, while other markets get Exynos-powered variants of the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note handsets.

Samsung will have to do some nifty things with the Galaxy S11 smartphones to keep ahead of the game when it comes to battery life, given that if you leave your smartphone at 120Hz all the time battery life suffers. I'm sure Samsung will have some good adjustments and tweaks there to give a good balance with refresh rate, and battery life -- I hope.

Speaking of SoC dominance, Qualcomm is expected to unveil its next-gen Snapdragon 875 processor at its annual Tech Summit in December. This new chip will power 2021 flagships and be on the smaller 5nm node, versus the current flock of Snapdragon 855/855+ that are both on 7nm.

The world of 120Hz mobile displays is important, as the list of 120Hz-capable mobile games continues to grow. With ASUS and Razer in the ring and Samsung close behind, as well as Apple jumping into the 120Hz fray soon enough -- combined with Google and OnePlus which are nearly there at 90Hz... mobile gaming at 120Hz is quickly becoming a reality.

This is the current list of 120FPS-capable games that work on the ASUS ROG Phone II, to give you a glimpse of why Samsung is makign this move into 120Hz and why it'll be so significant... because it's SAMSUNG.

  • 1945 Air Forces
  • Ace Force: Joint Combat
  • Airline Commander - a real flight experience
  • Alto's Adventure
  • Alto's Oddysey
  • Armajet
  • Assassins Creed Rebellion
  • Auto Chess
  • Badland Brawl
  • Ballz
  • Ballz Bounce Puzzle
  • Batman: The Enemy Within
  • Battlelands Royale
  • Bendy in Nightmare Run
  • Blade Bound: Hack and Slash of Darkness Action RPG
  • Bleach Brave Souls
  • Boggle With Friends: Word Game
  • Bombastic Brothers
  • Breakneck
  • Bullet Force
  • Bullet League
  • Card Thief
  • CATS: Crash Arena Turbo Stars
  • Chameleon Run
  • Chicken Jump
  • Chilly Snow
  • Cover Fire
  • CSR Racing 2
  • Dead Target - Offline Zombie Shooter
  • Dead Trigger 2
  • Deer Hunter 2018
  • Deus Ex Go
  • Dokdo
  • Don't Starve
  • Don't Starve: Shipwrecked
  • Dub Dash
  • Durango: Wildlands
  • Epic Battle Simulator
  • Epic Battle Simulator 2
  • Eternium
  • Falling Ballz
  • Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
  • Flaming Core
  • Frag Pro Shooter
  • FZ9 Timeshift
  • Gear.Club - True Racing
  • Golf Clash
  • Golf Star
  • Grimvalor
  • Groove Coaster 2
  • Grow Kingdom
  • Hill Climb 2
  • Hitman Go
  • Injustice 2
  • Into the Dead
  • King Of Sails: Royal Navy
  • Lara Croft Go
  • Lara Croft: Relic Run
  • Legendary: Game of Heroes
  • Lemmings - Puzzle Adventure
  • Man or Vampire
  • Marvel Contest of Champions
  • MaskGun Multiplayer FPS
  • Minecraft
  • Mini DAYZ: Zombie Survival
  • Mini Metro
  • Modern OPS
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Nonstop Knight 2
  • Oddmar
  • OK Golf
  • Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man 256
  • PAC-MAN Pop
  • Payback 2 - The Battle Sandbox
  • Perfect Slices
  • Pixel Gun 3D
  • Plague Inc
  • Pumped BMX 3
  • Rayman Adventures
  • Real Racing 3
  • Rebel Inc
  • Riptide GP: Renegade
  • Robot Warfare
  • Rocket Sky
  • Rope Hero
  • Sandballs
  • Shadow Fight 2
  • Shadow Fight 3
  • Shadowgun: Legends
  • Shadowmatic
  • Shining Force Classics
  • Skullgirls
  • Sky Force Reloaded
  • Sonic Dash
  • Sonic Dash 2
  • Sonic the Hedgehog Classic
  • Soul Knight
  • Space Armada: Galaxy Wars
  • Space Commander
  • Space Jet: Space ships galaxy game
  • Stick War: Legacy
  • Streets of Rage 2 Classic
  • Subdivision Infinity
  • Subway Surfers
  • Summoners War
  • Super Samurai Rampage
  • Temple Run 2
  • The Walking Dead: Road to Survival
  • Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery
  • Toon Blast
  • Traffic Rider
  • Trials Frontier
  • UNKILLED - Zombie FPS Shooting
  • Vainglory
  • Vendetta Online
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
  • Wonder Tactics
  • WWE: Champions 2019

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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