While Android smartphones have now crossed the 144Hz barrier when it comes to the refresh rate of display panels, Apple is still sticking with the standard 60Hz. It looks like that might soon change as the Cupertino-based iPhone maker could end up bringing 120Hz refresh rate panels to the next-gen devices i.e. iPhone 13. If that happens, this would be due to the competitor Samsung.
iPhone 13 series will feature a 120Hz refresh rate display supplied by Samsung
According to a new emerging report, Samsung Display will supply low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) displays to Apple for its top-tier iPhone 13 offerings. With top-tier, we might be looking at the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. It is worth noting that iPhones might not see 120Hz or higher refresh panels without the use of LTPO tech. Of course, there’s a reason behind it.
For those who’re unaware, LTPO brings a power-efficient backplane meaning a higher refresh rate can be achieved without any major expense on the battery life. With LTPO panels, Apple would be able to deliver high refresh rates to iPhones while also not worrying about battery life. With that said, Samsung appears to be the one supplying the panels. In fact, the report claims that the chaebol is going to be an exclusive supplier to Appel for these panels.
Apart from this, Apple will also rely on Samsung for another crucial part. We’re looking at the Rigid Flexible Printed Circuit Boards or RFPCB. For those who’re unaware, RFPCB is the part that connects the OLED panel to the mainboard. RFPCB would be a crucial component to connect LTPO panels. Of course, it will be supplied by Samsung Electro-Mechanics.
This new report is surprising considering Apple is trying its best to reduce its reliance on Samsung. To give you the perspective, Apple is looking to source around 169 million OLED panels in the year 2021 alone. Out of which, Samsung will deliver 110 million units to the company.
Here’s what to expect from the next-gen smartphones!
This is not the first time we’re hearing about iPhone 13. In fact, a couple of days ago, the render images of the device made an appearance on the web. According to the new render, the next-gen iPhone appears to follow the same design ideology but with small differences. You can find more about these differences in the original story that we’ve covered.