A new leak suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra could achieve what its predecessors could not: reach 120Hz refresh rate at the phone’s maximum WQHD + resolution.
The proof is on the screen: noted leaker @UniverseIce tweeted a capture of the settings page, allegedly taken on a Samsung S21 Ultra, showing display options that look like those on the Samsung S20 series of phones – except the ‘Screen Resolution’ option is set to the phone’s maximum (WQHD +, 3200 x 1440) while ‘Movement Smoothness’ is set to ‘Adaptive.’
SGalaxy S21 Ultra realizes WQHD + resolution and 120Hz adaptive refresh rate can be turned on simultaneously pic.twitter.com/FpiB8jAxyCJanuary 5, 2021
Admittedly, it’s not the most compelling of screenshots – it would be nice to see if ‘Adaptive’ mode is the only option for maximum refresh rate – so we trust @ UniverseIce’s tweeted comments that the phone is capable of both 120Hz and WQHD + simultaneous. Given that they had previously leaked in mid-2020 that the Note 20 Ultra would not be able to do both, it is possible @UniverseIce has more info than just the screenshot.
What does that mean? The S21 Ultra users will be able to have the sharpest screen resolution available in today’s smartphones, and it has almost the fastest refresh rate (Asus ROG Phone 3 runs at 144Hz) for silky smooth surfing and gaming. It is unclear why last year’s S20 line could not do both at once, but we expect that maximizing both functions can drain the battery at a faster pace than if any of them were called back.
And of course the big question: will the Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus also have this capability?
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What the S21 Ultra wants over its smaller premium siblings
So far, we can only speculate on what exclusive features the S21 Ultra will have to justify the expected premium price.
If it follows the Samsung S20 Ultra and Note 20 Ultra, the S21 Ultra will have slightly better specifications and a larger screen. Rumor has it a 6.8-inch WQHD + OLED display, a 5,000 mAh battery, and if walks is to be believed, five rear cameras, including 108 MP main shooter and two telephoto cameras: one 3x optical and one 10x optical.
Several rumors have suggested that it will support an S Pen, but a recent one leak showed how: by cutting it into a folio case. In other words, the premium phone is the best feature in the Note 20 Ultra, which means that the S21 Ultra can truly be the most advanced traditional smartphone yet – although we know the truth when the phone was launched on 14 January.
Via XDA developers