The Samsung Galaxy Note series is a series of high-end Android-based smartphones phablets and tablets developed and marketed by Samsung Electronics. The line is primarily oriented towards pen computing; all Galaxy Note models ship with a stylus pen and incorporate a pressure-sensitive Wacom digitizer. All Galaxy Note models also include software features that are oriented towards the stylus and the devices’ large screens, such as note-taking and digital scrapbooking apps, and split-screen multitasking.
The Galaxy Note smartphones have been considered the first commercially successful examples of “phablets” a class of smartphone with large screens that are intended to straddle the functionality of a traditional tablet with that of a phone.
The Galaxy S20 series which is a week away from lunch an over a month away from actually hitting store shelves, but we already have a pretty complete picture through leaks.
Industry insider channels have been so active that they appear to already be moving past the Galaxy S20 and on to the Note20 – a phone, which should come out in Q3 this year. The first bit of information, courtesy of reputable leakster Ice Universe, the Note20 will have a better high-refresh rate implementation on its display.
The statement is a bit ambiguous and could refer to a number of things. Piecing together some earlier info, we do know that the S20 lineup will support 120Hz refresh rate. However, it will be limited to resolutions up to FullHD.
Meanwhile OnePlus shared some details on its upcoming display tech, which includes 120Hz refresh rates at QHD resolution. The technology is definitely there and perhaps the “fine-tuned” aspect Ice universe is referring to for the Note20 is some sort of optimization on Samsung’s end to enable QHD@120Hz as well, without tanking battery life.
Another arguably more wishful interpretation of “fine tuned” might have to do with variable refresh rate – a technology that PC gamers have come to love and appreciate, but is yet to make any serious strides in the mobile realm. Notable exceptions include the Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation and their ProMotion display tech, which is kind of adaptive in nature, but not quite there yet. And, of course, Razer’s IGZO display tech, which offers truly adaptive refresh rates.