There has been some confusion recently regarding the display refresh rate of the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+. In its product descriptions on its official website, the company originally stated that the newly released Galaxy flagships boast variable refresh rates from 10Hz to 120Hz. The devices can automatically switch to the optimal refresh rate in this range for any given task to save power. However, Samsung later updated the descriptions to change the lower limit to 48Hz, up significantly from 10Hz it originally stated. The company has now released an official statement explaining what has happened.
According to Samsung (via Android Police), the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ both use the same display component that supports 48Hz to 120Hz variable refresh rates. However, the devices also feature a proprietary technology that dictates data transfer rates between the processor and the display. It lets the processor feed data to the display at a rate as low as 10Hz. This presumably helps save power.
Samsung claims it referred to this proprietary technology when it said the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ both feature variable refresh rates from 10Hz to 120Hz. But the truth is the refresh rates on neither device go below 48Hz. It’s nice that the company has corrected this and explained the whole mess. It wasn’t boding well for the Korean brand otherwise.
“The display refresh rate was originally listed between 10 and 120Hz (10 to 120 frames per second), and we later opted to update how we communicate this specification in order to be in line with the more widely-recognized industry standard. Consumers can be assured there has been no change of hardware specifications, and both devices support up to 120Hz for super smooth scrolling,” the official statement from Samsung read.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra still refreshes at as low as 1Hz
You now know that the display on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ don’t refresh below 48Hz. However, their pricier sibling is in a league of its own in this regard. The Galaxy S22 Ultra boasts a variable refresh rate that can go from 120Hz all the way down to 1Hz. And this time around, the claim is accurate.
Samsung would have done better if it didn’t go about this kind of false marketing for the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+. Nonetheless, now that it has cleared the air, you know what you’re getting. The Galaxy S22 trio is now available to pre-order.