One of the most interesting trends that started last year on smartphones was the higher screen refresh rate. The first smartphone to bet on a higher refresh rate was the Razer Phone in 2017 with its 120Hz refresh rate screen.
Other companies started betting on 90Hz last year and now several manufacturers are finally bringing 120Hz rates to their smartphones. This feature is not present in intermediate smartphones, although the POCO X2 also brings a screen with this update rate.
Samsung also brought the feature to the Galaxy S20 line, but despite the mode existing on the beautiful Dinamic AMOLED screen, you will have to choose between using the 120Hz rate or QuadHD resolution.
The highest refresh rate mode is only available in FullHD + resolution, which is bad, but it should have been warned from the start. Now, it seems that Samsung has changed its mind and bring 120Hz mode also to QuadHD resolution through a firmware update.
The rumor came through a screenshot of a Galaxy S20 running on a new firmware version that shows the new dynamic screen refresh rate option.
According to some speculations, the refresh rate will drop to 60Hz when the battery temperature exceeds 42 C (107.6 F) or the battery charge drops to 55.
In addition, the smartphone will reduce the refresh rate in applications such as Google Maps and the Camera. The goal is to save battery power where the 120Hz mode is not really needed to improve the user experience.
The smartphone will dynamically switch between 60 and 120Hz, depending on the running application, to maximize battery life.
We know that this is not the best or at least exactly what users expected. However, it represents a step in the right direction, giving users the ability to take advantage of the full capabilities of their devices. Unfortunately, there are details indicating when this update will arrive.
I don't particularly mind the variation between refresh rates, if the goal is to deliver more battery life, now see how it will actually work.