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Samsung Galaxy S11 will probably have a 120Hz screen

120Hz displays make scrolling much smoother. Angela Lang/CNET

Every year cell phones become a little faster, more durable and, with luck, are designed more stylishly. One feature that is increasingly improved on mobile phones that makes a bigger and more striking difference is a higher refresh rate. The default rate is 60Hz, which means your mobile screen is updated 60 times per second. In 2017 the Razer Phone amazed CNET with a 120Hz screen, which produced a very smooth scrolling experience, and more recently phones from Google, OnePlus and Oppo have adopted a 90Hz display.

It looks like Samsung will become the biggest mobile brand yet to increase its refresh rate. As discovered on Wednesday by Korean tech blogger Ice Universe, the new Android 10 beta for the Galaxy Note 9 phone last year includes an option to switch from a standard 60Hz refresh rate to a higher, smoother 120Hz.

Switching to 120Hz on Note 9 makes no difference, because mobile phone hardware is unable to switch. But it shows that the 2020 Galaxy S11, which will run the same version of Android 10, will have that feature. Both the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 currently run the Android 9.0 Pie operating system. Note 9 is the first Samsung phone to get Android 10 beta.

Beyond the new display capabilities, the Galaxy S11 looks to have the One UI 2 feature, the second edition of Samsung’s Android-based user interface. In October, Samsung showed off One UI 2, revealing updates that brought better coverage, moving icons, dark mode for locks and the home screen, and smaller notification windows for Samsung Galaxy phones, wearable devices, tablets and folding phones .

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