Are you going to use 60Hz or 120Hz refresh rate on your Galaxy S20?

Galaxy S20 Ultra
Galaxy S20 Ultra (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

As you likely know by now, one of the most notable features on the Galaxy S20 is its 120Hz display. It's the first phone from Samsung to go beyond the traditional 60Hz refresh rate, and it makes everything look smoother and more fluid.

There's no denying just how good the 120Hz functionality looks on the S20, but it also results in the phone using more battery life.

Some of our AC forum members recently got to talking about this, saying:

The 2 main reasons I'm trading my note 10+ for a s20 ultra (512 gb unlocked) Are the camera and battery life (I'm on my phone all day and note 10+ has died on me plenty of times ) my day including gym , commute to work (NYC subway) and back is 12 1/2 to 13 hours So I definitely need my battery to last that long (Can't charge at work) No point in having 120hz if the phone is dead in my...


I think you will be just fine at 60hz during work hours ...I saw a video this weekend with it at 120hz with heavy recording and such it went till 9pm from morning should be good ...


If you're out and about and need maximum battery life,this is what I suggest; FHD only 60 Hz refresh Mobile connection set to 3G. Mobile data and location off. And...... If you're out and about and you really want to go all out, enable developer mode and go into "simulate colour space" > "monochromacy". This will turn all your display into black and white. If for eg, you plan a day...


This got us to wondering — Are you going to use 60Hz or 120Hz on your Galaxy S20?

Join the conversation in the forums!

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • 120 its a difference, u can see rite away... I'm not going back to 60hz
  • With that said I wish there was a toggle for it in the drop down shade. Heck I wish there was one right now for my pixel 4xl
  • 120 all day, unless is at 15%.. Which has never happened even on my note 10+
  • Neither, my 60hz display on my S10+ is doing really swell? Yikes!
  • 120 hz as much as possible, with qi charging at the office. 60 hz probably only on holidays...
  • Don't care. Even on my gaming PC it is more about how stable the frame rate is than how high it is. As long as scrolling is smooth and there are no dips in frame rate or stuttering I don't care.
  • Scrolling is noticeably smoother at 120hz. Right now I'm evaluating battery life at 60hz to see if I'm OK giving up a bit for the smoother scroll.
  • Mine is going to be returned because the camera sucks. I'm going to use 0 Hertz
  • Please give more info regarding the camera sucking.
  • Mobile connection set to 3G?
  • Yet another obnoxious Android Central ad with blaring audio!
  • 120hz all day everyday
  • I would choose 90Hz if it had the option. It is smooth and with no such impact on battery as 120Hz.