The Samsung Galaxy Note family has traditionally received the very latest and best of Samsung’s technology, and the South Korean conglomerate is said to be preparing a cutting-edge OLED panel for the Galaxy Note 20. This new technology is called HOP, an abbreviation of Hybrid-oxide and Polycrystalline silicon, and could reduce display power consumption by as much as 20%.
HOP represents the combination of two existing technologies – low-temperature Polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) and Polycrystalline silicon (LTPS). LTPO technology reduces power consumption and we’ve seen these panels used on the Apple Watch and the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2. LTPS allows for larger, higher resolution OLED displays, one of the cornerstones of the Samsung Galaxy Note family. In essence, HOP could allow Samsung to evolve and improve the display of the Galaxy Note, allowing a super-sharp, battery-sipping OLED panel. The Apple iPhone is also set to receive HOP display technology in 2021. Apple is believed to own several core patents for the new display, which means Samsung’s engineers may already be designing a workaround to avoid paying Apple royalties for using the technology.
Unfortunately, despite HOP’s improved technology, it may not be enough to give the Galaxy Note 20 the best display in the industry. Ice Universe tweeted about the Note 20 explaining, “WQHD+ 120Hz is still not optimistic.” The Samsung Galaxy S20 family cannot run the display at full or native resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate, but the OnePlus 8 Pro can – this is because OnePlus included an additional piece of graphical hardware in the device, and Samsung uses a software solution. OnePlus’ solution is elegant because the device runs the display frequency at up to 120Hz, and reduces the refresh rate to conserve power when able to. Samsung’s software locks the display frequency to 120Hz, which is unnecessarily greedy with power – if you are watching a video running at 60Hz, half the time the display is being refreshed with no changes on the screen.
Samsung could use HOP technology to balance out the increased power consumption through locking the refresh rate to 120Hz, rather than incorporating additional hardware into the phone.
It’s possible that Samsung does not want to get too clever with the display technology of the Note 20, as their fingers have been burnt with previous Galaxy Note models.