Samsung is looking to bolster its smartphone battery life via new hybrid OLED tech for displays called "HOP," sources report. Short for hybrid oxide and polycrystalline silicon, HOP is a combination of LTPO TFT and oxide TFT. Summarily, that's meant to represent the best of both worlds — the former is typically used in smartphones and the latter in notebooks and tablets. The savings, however, will be anything but typical.
Samsung reportedly says its technology can reduce smartphone power consumption by the display by between 15- and 20-percent. That won't equate to overall savings from 15- to 20-percent, of course. But a good portion of the batter capacity eaten away by smartphones is attributable to the display.
The South Korean tech giant will allegedly apply its technology to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series. The devices are currently expected to start out with a 4,300mAh unit in the Galaxy Note 20 or a 4,500mAh unit for the Note 20+. That places the new screen tech in a position for big gains over the Samsung Galaxy S20 series. Or at least with regard to the smaller of the two.
The Samsung Galaxy S20, for instance, packs a 4,000mAh cell. The company's Galaxy S20+ packs a 4,500mAh unit. The latter gadget has been widely reported with a battery life of just over 10.5-hours. Even a 10-percent increase there, with the new HOP technology, could equate to an extra hour of use.
What else do we know about Note series displays from Samsung aside from HOP?
This will mark the first use of Samsung HOP or LTPO technology outside of wearables. While new, they aren't brand new. They first made an appearance in the Apple Watch Series 4 and Galaxy Watch Active2.
Beyond this newly-reported Samsung HOP technology for smartphone displays, Samsung is also expected to utilize a flat panel on the new Galaxy Note 20 series. That's a decision that may or may not be made in light of refresh rate inconsistencies seen in its Galaxy S20 series. Particularly where 120Hz mode is concerned as compared to the default 60Hz mode. If it opts to utilize 120Hz panels, both HOP But regardless, the upcoming series is expected to utilize QHD+ 120Hz panels.
Rumors are somewhat lighter this year regarding the note series
Looking past the display, an array of leaks and rumors has surfaced in advance of this handset series' launch later this year. To begin with, the handsets are expected to include three rear-mounted cameras. Or at least the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ is.
The device will reportedly pack a 108-megapixel main snapper with an f/1.33 aperture. That'll be coupled with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide f/2.55 aperture lens and a 13-megapixel sensor f/3.4 periscope lens for zoom. The latter of those won't be entirely dissimilar to the one found at the top of the Galaxy S20 series.
Under the hood, a Snapdragon 865 SoC will be used in the US and China. The company's in-house Exynos 990 will appear in Europe and India. That tracks closely with past releases but, this time, Samsung will allegedly back that with 12GB RAM in the base model.
Of course, a new S Pen will be part of the package well and will be a central selling point. But it's unclear what new features that will deliver. A smaller punch-hole camera will be utilized under the display.
Snapdragon 865 will fuel the Galaxy Note 20+ in the US and China, while the Exynos 990 will probably do it in Europe and India. The device is rumored to pack in 12GB of RAM, its base model. That will be driving Android 10 if rumors bear out.