Google’s upcoming foldable phone believed to be called Pixel Fold when officially it will have a 7.57-inch 120Hz LTPO screen built by Samsung, according to industry insider Ross Young.
“All 2021 foldable devices using Samsung Display panels will be 120Hz and LTPO,” Young said. tweeted… He then talked about all the phones that include: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, as well as phones from Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and, in particular, Google.
All of the phones mentioned were highlighted in a recent report that lists several foldable devices that will arrive later this year or early 2022. The fact that they all seem to have the same 120Hz frequency and LTPO is not necessarily surprising given that they are all manufactured by Samsung, but this is definitely a positive point.
Increasing the screen refresh rate to 120Hz results in smoother day-to-day use and opens the door to higher frame rates in mobile gaming – even if that advantage is largely theoretical at this point, as most are limited to 60fps.
LPTO – or low temperature polycrystalline oxide, to use its full and somewhat cumbersome name – is a technology that allows panels to dynamically change their refresh rate without the need for additional hardware. This means the phone can switch from a smooth 120Hz when running games to 1fps when displaying something mostly static – like the time on the lock screen. You will hardly notice the difference, but the battery will definitely notice.
Judging by the size, all the phones that Young mentioned and in the earlier report seem to use the same book form factor of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold family rather than mimicking the style of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 or Motorola Razr clamshell phone.
Each will face stiff competition from Samsung, which is reportedly aiming to make 2021 the year of foldable devices into the mainstream. The company apparently plans to make the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 about 20% cheaper when they release later this year, almost certainly at the Unpacked event on August 11.