Samsung Galaxy S11 will likely get 120Hz display option

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Since the release of the first Razer Phone back in 2017, many have wondered when we'd see smartphones with high 120Hz refresh rates for their displays become more mainstream.

Well, it seems we won't have to wait much longer – rumors have already suggested that Apple's 2020 iPhones could be getting 120Hz displays, while the OnePlus 8 Pro is expected to get an even smoother screen than the 90Hz ones the Chinese company currently offers with its OnePlus 7T ProOnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7T.

It appears that Samsung is also planning a screen update for its upcoming Galaxy S11 flagship. An unknown user has discovered hidden settings within the beta for Samsung's upcoming One UI update that offer a choice between 60Hz and 120Hz refresh rates, as revealed by noted Twitter leaker @UniverseIce.

As you can see above, the tipster goes on to explain that a third option is also offered which allows the phone to automatically switch between 60Hz and 120Hz modes depending on context.

While the setting was discovered by a Galaxy Note 9 user, neither that handset nor any of Samsung's other phone displays currently support 120Hz refresh rates.

This would strongly suggest that the South Korean electronics giant is planning to upgrade its phone display technology for the Samsung Galaxy S11 and beyond – could 120Hz support be one of the tenets of Samsung's rumored 'SAMOLED' display? Chances are we won't find out until February 18, 2020.

Thanks Android Central.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 

He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.