Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Galaxy S10 One UI 2.1 update adds option to enable 120Hz refresh rate, but don't get too excited

One of the biggest upgrades in the Galaxy S20 series over the Galaxy S10 and even the Galaxy Note 10 family of devices is the display refresh rate.

Despite supplying other smartphone vendors with display panels rocking superior refresh rates of 90Hz and even 120Hz, Samsung still went with a 60Hz panel for its entire 2019 flagship lineup. As it seems, this tech, 120Hz, to be more specific, was being spared for the Galaxy S20 going forward.

With a 120Hz (or even 90Hz) display refresh rate, your smartphone feels quick and snappy. Overall, a snappier screen makes a huge difference to the feel and performance of any phone. But unfortunately, this is a hardware thing, meaning it’s about your phone’s actual display panel.

Galaxy Note 10+ display refresh rate is capped at 60Hz

As part of the recent One UI 2.1 update that Samsung is rolling out to the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, a bunch of features that debuted on the Galaxy S20 series are making their way to the 2019 flagships.

Since Samsung is only making a few tweaks to the S20 firmware to get it working on the S10 and Note 10 devices, the company seems to have mistakenly sneaked an unwanted display setting from the S20 software to the Note 10 and S10 One UI 2.1 update.

Hawk-eyed owners of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 have spotted the option to enable 120Hz display refresh rate in the settings of their units following the recent One UI 2.1 update.

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Since the actual panels used on both devices are capped at 60Hz, enabling this setting won’t make any difference. So yeah, it’s just a mistake that the setting is there for S10 and Note 10 users and it may possibly disappear in a future update.


If you want to enjoy more fluid animations on a Samsung smartphone, you only have the Galaxy S20 series to choose from thanks to the 120Hz display panels installed out of the box. No amount of software updates can bring this functionality to your Note 10 or S10.

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