One of the top trending smartphone technology is the display’s refresh rate and in this write-up are Samsung phones with high refresh rate (90Hz and 120Hz) as well as what it means.
Samsung Phones with High Refresh Rate
|Phones||Refresh Rate||Max Resolution|
|Samsung Z Flip 4||120Hz; Adaptive (Open screen)||Full HD+|
|Samsung Z Fold 4||120Hz; Adaptive (folded and unfolded screen)||QHD+ (unfolded)|
|Samsung A23 5G||90Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung A33 5G||90Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung A53 5G||120Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung A73 5G||120Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung S22||120Hz; Adaptive||Full HD+|
|Samsung S22 Plus||120Hz; Adaptive||Full HD+|
|Samsung S22 Ultra||120Hz; Adaptive||QHD+|
|Samsung S20||120Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung S20 Plus||120Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung S20 Ultra||120Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung S20 FE||120Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung S21||120Hz; Adaptive||QHD+|
|Samsung S21 Plus||120Hz; Adaptive||QHD+|
|Samsung S21 Ultra||120Hz; Adaptive||QHD+|
|Samsung S21 FE||120Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung Z Fold 3 5G||120Hz; Adaptive (folded and unfolded screen)||QHD+ (unfolded)|
|Samsung Z Flip 3 5G||120Hz; Adaptive (Open screen)||Full HD+|
|Samsung Note 20 Ultra||120Hz; Adaptive||Full HD+|
|Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G||120Hz; Adaptive||Full HD+|
|Samsung A52||90Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung A52 5G||120Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung A52s 5G||120Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung A72||90Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung A22 5G||90Hz||Full HD+|
|Samsung Z Fold 2 5G||120Hz; Adaptive (unfolded screen)||QHD+|
History of Samsung High Refresh Rate Phones
Samsung flagships since 2020 have come with a high refresh rate and some of their upper mid-range A series phones of 2021 and 2022 also have the feature.
Refresh rate in this context is the number of times that a smartphone’s display refreshes every second. The most common refresh rate seen on phones these days is 60Hz and I think that’s about to change.
Let me break things down a little. A smartphone with a 60Hz refresh rate has a display that refreshes 60 times every second.
Similarly, phones with high refresh rate such as 90Hz, 120Hz, and 144Hz have a display that refreshes 90 times, 120 times, and 144 times every second respectively. Display with a higher refresh rate is smoother while scrolling and better for gaming and videos than ones with lower.
When you move from a smartphone with a 60Hz refresh rate to one with a 90Hz refresh rate, you will notice it is easier than moving from 90Hz to 120Hz. It is also easier to spot the smoothness when you moved from 120Hz to 144Hz.
The first smartphone with this display feature is the Razer phone (120Hz) launched in 2017 but it didn’t become talk or town or a trend until it was used on OnePlus 7 Pro in May of 2019 and again on the 7T and 7T Pro in September and October of 2019 respectively.
About 5 months later (March 2020), Samsung launched the S20 series with a 120Hz refresh rate, and then in August of the same year, they introduced an Adaptive refresh rate with the launch of the Note 20 Ultra.
In February of 2021, Samsung announced the S21 series. While both the S21 and S21 Plus have 120Hz adaptive refresh rate up to 1080P resolution, the S21 Ultra took it a notch higher with support up to 1440P.
Does High Refresh Rate Consumes Battery?
Yes, it does. In fact, most users noticed about 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes lost in screen-on-time when to switched from 60Hz to 120Hz.
What is Adaptive Refresh Rate?
It means a variable refresh rate. Smartphones with an adaptive refresh rate can go down to less than 60Hz when you are viewing a static image and go back up when you start playing the game. This is to reduce battery consumption.
Which Samsung Phone First Comes with a High Refresh Rate?
Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra were the first Samsung phones launched with a high refresh rate and they all come with 120Hz.
Which Samsung Phones Have Adaptive Refresh Rate?
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and its 5G variant, S21, S21 Plus, S21 Ultra, S22, S22 Plus, S22 Ultra, Z Fold 2 5G, Z Fold 3 5G, Z Flip 3 5G, Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4.
Which Samsung Phones Have 90Hz Refresh Rate?
Samsung Galaxy A22, A22 5G, A72, A52, A33 5G, and A23 5G.
Which Samsung Phones Comes with 120Hz Refresh Rate?
Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra, S20 FE, S21, S21 Plus, S21 Ultra, Note 20 Ultra, A52 5G, A52s 5G, A53 5G, A73 5G, S22, S22 Plus, S22 Ultra, Z Fold 4, Z Flip 4, Z Fold 3 5G, Z Flip 3 5G, and Z Fold 2 5G.
Which Samsung Phones Have 120Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate Up to QHD / 2K / 1440P?
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, S21, S21 Plus, S22 Ultra, Z Fold 2 5G, Z Fold 3 5G, Z Fold 4
How to Change Display Refresh Rate on Samsung
Launch the Settings App
Tap on Display
Then tap on Motion Smoothness
Select Adaptive and tap on the apply button to complete the process
To use 120Hz at QHD+ screen resolution (only available for S21 Ultra at this time), after applying adaptive refresh rate settings, go back to display settings and tap on screen resolution. Select WQHD+ and tap on apply.
A high refresh rate is fast becoming a normal feature for a smartphone display. The list of Samsung phones with high refresh rate now includes their flagships, their mid-range phones, and even the A22, A23 5G, A22 5G, and A23 5G which are entry-level phones that come with it.
What I think we will start seeing is an even higher refresh rate such as 144Hz or higher. Because right now, most phones with a 144Hz refresh rate are gaming phones; talking about the likes of Black Shark 4 from Xiaomi.
As that happens, this page will be updated to reflect new changes and smartphones with this display feature.