It is no surprise that Samsung is working on the Galaxy Note 20 series that is expected to launch, as always, in August. Some details regarding the displays on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ were shared by Ross Young, the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) and they’re pretty interesting.
Note 20+ Display Leak
Note 20+ will grow from 6.8″ to 6.87″, resolution will increase to 3096 x 1444 resulting in a 497 PPI, 19.3:9 aspect ratio. It will also have 120Hz refresh with LTPO, lowest power implementation of 120Hz due to variable refresh. #GalaxyNote20+
According to Ross, the display size will increase from 6.3-inch on Note 10 to 6.42-inch on Note 20. Similarly, the Note 20+ is coming with a bigger 6.87-inch screen compared to the 6.8-inch screen of Note 10+.
There will be a slight improvement in the resolution as well. Compared to the 2280 x 1080 pixels resolution of Note 10’s display, the Note 20’s screen has a resolution of 2345 x 1084 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 404 PPI. The Galaxy Note 20+ also gets an upgrade in terms of display resolution as it is going to be 3096 x 1444 pixels (497 PPI) compared to the 3040 x 1440 pixels resolution (498 PPI) of Note 10+.
While the Galaxy Note 10 series of last year featured 19:9 displays, the screens on Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20+ are reportedly having an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and 19.3:9 respectively. So, the displays are taller this time.
Finally, talking about the most significant display upgrade, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ is getting an LTPO (low-temperature polysilicon oxide) display. It is a kind of backplane technology that Apple developed for the OLED panels. We saw this display technology on the Apple Watch Series 5, and the advantage of this display tech is that the refresh rate can be changed dynamically.
For Example, if you are using the display on the watch, the refresh rate is cranked up whereas when you’re not using the display & it is in the Always-On Mode, the screen refresh rate can go as low as 1Hz. This results in improved battery life since the display is not always refreshing at the same frequency.
Note 20 Update – while the Note 20+ remains LTPO and 120Hz, the Note 20 will be LTPS and 60Hz. Makes sense since LTPO costs more and should appear first in premium models. You can do 120Hz with LTPS, but it consumes a lot of power. LTPO is the best implementation for 120Hz.
Coming back to the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+, it has an LTPO screen with 120Hz refresh rate, and that’s interesting because this means when the display is in the Always-On Mode, then the refresh rate can be lowered to as low as 1Hz to save battery.
Here is the bummer! The regular Galaxy Note 20 doesn’t have an LTPO screen, according to Ross. It has an LTPS screen with 60Hz refresh rate which is weird because even the whole Galaxy S20 family features 120Hz OLED panels. 120Hz LTPS is possible, but it consumes a lot of power, so maybe that’s why Samsung decided to go for a 120Hz refresh rate on the Note 20+ only.
No Galaxy Note Ultra model, but the Galaxy Fold 2 will be your Ultra. #GalaxyNote