There are myriads of smartphones sporting 120Hz refresh rate screens. So it’s reasonable that Apple will bring this feature to the next-gen iPhone. As today, the Korean media The Elec reported, the forthcoming iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models will adopt OLED displays with up to a 120Hz refresh rate. Plus, the source claimed Samsung will become the exclusive supplier of those 120Hz displays for the iPhone 13 Pro.
iPhone 13 Pro Display
In fall, Apple will uncover the next generation of its iPhones. And two higher versions will use LTPO (that stands for low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) thin-film transistor (TFT) OLED panels. In fact, LTPO OLED is required to support the 120Hz refresh rate mode. LTPO technology turns individual pixels on and off on the display. So it allows the 120Hz refresh rate screen drain as much power as on standard refresh rate screens. Moreover, like many other models on the market, LTPO will make the iPhone 13 Pro support an always-on display with the clock visible. And now, we learn that they will come from Samsung Display only.
We have been informed about Apple’s intentions of launching 120Hz iPhones long ago, when various tipsters and sources claimed the Cupertino based company will join the 120Hz-screen club. The rumors came from quite reliable sources such as an Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, display industry analyst Ross Young, leakers Jon Prosser and Max Weinbach, and others.
iPhone 13 Pro Models Are Not Pioneers
Apple has already launched mobile devices supporting a 120Hz refresh rate. The iPad Pro models launched in 2017 came with a feature dubbed ProMotion. The latter could automatically adjust the refresh rate depending on the content.
However, the iPhone 13 is coming to compete with the Android camp phones. So it’s quite reasonable to see which Android-powered smartphones support a similar feature.
Not that long ago, 91Mobiles brough an interesting list of Android smartphones that support a 120Hz refresh rate. Among all the models, we can find only a few that are positioning as flagships. Say, the OnePlus 9 series, Asus Rog Phone 5, Galaxy S21 series, Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the foldable Galaxy Z Fold 2. We should also add the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra, the Redmi K40 Gaming Enhanced Edition and a few models that appeared just recently.
So we can assume that this feature is available only on selected devices. But once Apple brings it to its top-end models, likely, other manufacturer will “copy” this approach, making the 120Hz screens a mainstream.