Samsung is reportedly working on a new form of OLED screen technology for its Galaxy Note 20 phones that could reduce energy consumption by 20%.
The new display technology has been dubbed HOP, which stands for hybrid oxide and polycrystalline silicon, reported The Elec. And it is a combination of existing, if not widespread, screen technology that combines low temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) and polycrystalline silicon (LTPS).
LTPO screens have already been used in the likes of Apple Watch Series 5 to extract the maximum battery life from the smartwatch possible. But they still have to switch to mainstream smartphones.
However, the leaks on the display of Galaxy Note 20 phones, especially Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, suggest that they will drive the addition of LTPO screens. Now, this latest report indicates that Samsung is building new screen technology using LTPO as the basis, which may suggest that both Note 20 phones will have a next-generation OLED display as a means of showing Samsung the value of the screen.
With HOP displays and LTPO technology, the refresh rate of scenes can change on the fly rather than having to be changed manually in a phone̵
Doing so would save battery life, something phones with high refresh rate displays can struggle with. The Galaxy S20 Ultra, for example, can only use the 120Hz refresh rate when its resolution is set to FHD + rather than full 1440p resolution; this is done to ensure that the phone does not chew the battery life.
Phones like OnePlus 8 Pro and Oppo Find X2 Pro can use the maximum resolution at 120Hz and adjust the refresh rate dynamically. However, they use additional hardware to achieve this, while Galaxy S20 phones are software-based and require the user to manually set the update rate. The high-end models of the iPhone 12 Pro should also sport 120Hz displays with varying refresh rates, so this update would allow the Note 20 to keep up with its biggest competitor without sacrificing battery life.
With a HOP display, the Galaxy Note 20 could show dynamic update rates without the need for additional hardware components. In addition to reducing power consumption, this would avoid the need to place any additional components between the graphics accelerator and the phone’s display controller, which could help keep the thickness of the phone low.
One of the most impressive elements of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus was how thin it is for such a large phone, so the HOP display could definitely benefit the next generation Note phones.
A HOP display combined with an updated chipset and an improved triple rear camera array and an enhanced S Pen could see the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra become contenders for the top spot on our best list of Android phones. And they will have to bring their A-game, as Apple’s iPhone 12 is expected to arrive in September with powerful A14 chipsets and LiDAR scanners on high-end models.
The ointment has a slight sprint, since the technical leaker Ice Universe does not believe that the Galaxy Note 20 will be able to offer a high resolution display and a 120Hz refresh rate. But we’ll have to wait and see what Samsung will reveal within a month during its alleged August 5 event.