Samsung's Answer To iPhone 12 Pro's Pro Motion Display

Samsung's Answer To iPhone 12 Pro's Pro Motion Display
5 min read
12 May 2020

Ross Young, CEO and founder of Display Supply Chain Consultants is back again with some great Galaxy Note 20 news where he's detailing the display specs of both the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Plus and explaining how Samsung is going a step ahead of Apple in the display department in 2020.

First up there will be two Galaxy Note 20 variants this year, the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20+. The display specs of Note 20 include a 6.42" display which is a slight increase from 6.3" of Note 10 last year. The resolution will still be at 1080p Plus, though with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Coming to the Galaxy Note 20 Plus, it will have a 6.87" display, a slight increase of .07" from last year. It will have a Quad HD+ resolution with a pixel per inch of 497. The aspect ratio is a bit wider than the Note 20 at 19.3:9.

It's the first time ever I guess a Galaxy S phone in a particular year is bigger than the Galaxy Note phone of that year. Samsung\'s Answer To iPhone 12 Pro\'s Pro Motion DisplayThe Galaxy S20 Ultra measures at 6.9", they're almost the same size to be fair but still, I thought it's something you should know.

Anyway, Ross Young confirmed again that the Galaxy Note 20+ will indeed support 120Hz at Quad HD+ resolution. That's great news indeed but here's where the Galaxy Note 20 family will have an upper hand this year on the iPhone 12 Pro models. Ross says both the Galaxy Note 20 models will have LTPO display technology. I've explained this in my previous Note 20 video. LTPO stands for low-temperature polycrystalline oxide display. The technology will feature a low-power backplane and it will be able to turn off individual pixels depending on the various colors displaying on the screen.

LTPO displays should be able to use up to 15 to 20 percent less power than LTPS, or low-temperature polysilicon, which is the display Samsung and everyone currently use in their smartphones.

Ross explains that the LTPO can vary the refresh rate from 1Hz to 120Hz. 1Hz for always-on display and up to 120Hz for the gaming experience. It's a huge advantage for Samsung as Apple will not feature LTPO displays up until next year. By the way, we've seen variable refresh rate displays on phones like Pixel 4 and OnePlus 7 Pro and the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro will also have a dynamic OLED screen but the difference is they use LTPS display and the refresh rate adjusts between 60Hz and 120Hz. Whereas with the LTPO display on the Note 20, the refresh rate can vary from 1Hz to 120Hz thereby the display will be able to automatically adjust the refresh rate for apps that support high refresh rates and those that don’t, thereby saving on battery life.

Anyway, the presence of LTPO tech on the Galaxy Note 20 will give Samsung an edge over the competition and give will enable customers to enjoy stuff like media consumption without having to plug in their devices frequently.

Also, Ross Young just confirmed that there won't be an Ultra variant in the Note 20 family. Note 20 and Note 20+ are the only two variants this year but interestingly he says the Galaxy Fold 2 will be the Ultra model this year which makes sense considering how the Fold 2 will have built-in S-Pen support and at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if Samsung will name it the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra instead of the Galaxy Fold 2. I guess it's their strategy of slowly transitioning the Note lineup into the foldable lineup with the S-Pen support. By the way, this doesn't mean that there won't be 100x zoom on the Note 20+. I'm guessing they are only dropping the Ultra moniker for the Note 20, the camera should remain the same as the S20 Ultra.

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