New miracle display should save battery

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A longer battery life is at the top of the wish list for mobile phone users. Samsung knows that too, which is why the South Korean manufacturer has developed a screen that fulfills exactly this purpose. The first smartphone with this miracle display is already in the starting blocks.

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In order to increase the battery life in smartphones, manufacturers have so far been faced with two options: Either increase the mAh capacity of the energy cell or make the built-in components more energy-efficient. In the new Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung has taken a middle course and has both increased the battery capacity and integrated more energy-efficient hardware. The new display in particular promises great potential for saving batteries.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: display saves up to 60 percent energy

Because the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has a display with a so-called “Variable Refresh Rate” with a maximum of 120 Hz. This has been known since the launch at the beginning of the month. So far, however, it was unclear how far the screen can go down in the refresh rate. The frequencies range from 120 Hz at the maximum to a very low 10 Hz at the minimum, Golem reports, citing Business Wire. For comparison: the refresh rate for smartphones is usually 60 Hz.

Low refresh rates are less energy-intensive and save the battery. Samsung promises energy savings of up to 60 percent compared to a display that has a static 60 Hz frequency. Thanks to the variable image frequency between a minimum of 10 Hz and a maximum of 120 Hz, the mobile phone display can be individually adjusted. When looking at pictures, 10 Hz is enough, when playing games or scrolling in websites the smartphone goes up to the maximum of 120 Hz.

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in the hands-on video:

Is Samsung bringing the miracle display to cheaper smartphones?

The downside for potential buyers: Samsung is paying for the great technology properly. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra costs more than 1,200 euros. One can only hope that Samsung will also use this innovative feature in smartphones in the future, which are not quite as expensive.

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