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Google Pixel Fold, other foldable smartphones to launch with 120Hz LTPO displays

A new rumour suggests that all the foldable smartphones due for a launch later this year will feature the LTPO display technology with a 120Hz refresh rate. Here is a look at all the devices that this speculation encompasses.

Google Pixel Fold render (Image: waqarkhantech) Google Pixel Fold render (Image: waqarkhantech)
Story highlights
  • Google is expected to launch the Pixel Fold in October this year.
  • It has now been hinted to come with an LTPO display by Samsung.
  • The trend will likely be followed by all other foldable smartphones.

Foldable smartphones are next on the agenda for all the major smartphone makers. As the companies vie to produce the perfect foldable smartphone, one particular aspect seems to be common in all their efforts - a 120Hz display.

A new leak hints at the possibility. It suggests that all the foldable smartphones that we are due to see later this year will come with 120Hz LTPO displays. The tip even mentions that all these displays will be made by Samsung Display.

The speculation has been shared in a recent tweet by Ross Young from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC). Young further goes on to mention the names of some of the foldable smartphones which are supposed to mark their debut soon.

The list includes foldable smartphones from the likes of Google, Oppo, Vivo, Samsung and Xiaomi. Some of these are the 6.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3, 7.55-inch Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, 7.57-inch Google Pixel Fold, 7.11-inch Oppo foldable, 8.1-inch Xiaomi foldable and the 8.2-inch Vivo foldable.

For those unaware, LTPO technology allows a dynamic refresh rate on a display. This means that the display refresh rate can drop to 10Hz when showing a static image. On the other hand, it can increase up to 120Hz when a high-graphic game is being played. The optimisation as per the content helps increase the battery life of the device.

A report by PhoneArena further hints at the use of ultra-thin glass (UTG) technology on these foldable smartphones. As of now, the display technology is exclusive to Samsung's Galaxy Z series. It might soon, however, be made available to others later this year.

The report mentions that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 will be the first to launch among this list. An official announcement for the flagship smartphones is expected by Samsung on August 11.

These might then be followed by the Google Pixel Fold that will likely mark its debut in October alongside the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. While the Samsung foldable devices are expected to feature a Snapdragon 888+ chipset, the Pixel Fold will probably come with a custom Google chipset. The launch by Samsung and Google will then be followed by foldable smartphone offerings from Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo.