Lots of guys, And without a doubt, hi, refresh rate screens have been the biggest trend in smartphones in 2020, with high end phones at the ESC twenty series having them and even budget phones getting in on the action.
And look, the benefit of having a high refresh rate is pretty simple by refreshing the screen more times per seconds. Everything on the phone from scrolling and animations just feels smoother and more responsive.
But the problem, of course, is because the phone is technically doing more work by refreshing the screen.
More often it comes at the cost of battery life. So in today’s article, we’re gonna try to figure out just how big that cost is, at least on the S 20 OTRO here, by testing it at six years, which is what it said, two out of the box and testing it at one hundred and twenty hertz, inner standard phonebook style battery tests.
I’m excited to see what happens. Let’s get right into it.
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We’ll start things off in the phone app where each phone is going on the same one hour phone call.
I don’t really expect there to be much of a difference here since the screens are actually off for the majority of this test. But since this is an official phone, wolf style battery test is just one of the things we have to go through.
We’re after one hour. The results are exactly the same with each phone dropping by five percent. So nothing too surprising there. Again, the only variable that we’re testing here is refresh rates, which, of course, only plays a role when the screens are actually on.
So I’m looking forward to seeing what happens here and the messaging test where after one hour of texting back and forth, we see our first difference with the one hundred and twenty hertz refresh rates coming at the cost of an extra two percentage points here in the email test was simply opening up the same set of emails.
And then maybe more importantly, we’re also scrolling through the emails, a task where you can at least visually notice the difference between refresh rates the most, where after one hour it’s a repeat of the last test with the one hundred and twenty hertz galaxy falling, another two percentage points behind here in the browser test.
We have both phones cycling through the same set of Web sites. We’re not really doing a whole lot of scrolling.
Just one scroll every 30 seconds. But a lot of Web sites are being loaded over the course of the hour where this time the difference isn’t as big as before.
But still, the 120 hertz galaxy falls another percentage point behind, bringing the total difference now to five percent in just four hours into this test. And here, an Instagram, that gap is probably only going to grow since over pretty much doing here is scrolling through the home feed where after one hour of doing so.
The gap between the two phones is now at seven percent. Which may not sound like a lot, but on a 5000 million up hour battery, like on the one in the S 20 Otara.
It’s pretty significant. Now, as part of the standard tests here, each phone is going on a 16 hour standby.
And since the screens are off the entire time, there wasn’t much of a difference. Just your standard margin of error over 16 hours. But moving on, the next step up is YouTube, where the screen and the speakers are on as each phone binge watches, the same set of articles.
Where after one hour of doing so. The one hundred and twenty hertz galaxy falls another two percentage points behind, basically picking right back up where you left off before the standby test, increasing the gap between the two to eight percentage points.
And that difference might get even bigger here in Auto’s Adventure, where it while it isn’t necessarily the most intensive game, it is at least utilizing the phone’s cheap use, where after one hour there actually wasn’t much of a difference.
Which is kind of surprising with these 60 Hertz galaxy only saving one percentage points here in maps.
Both phones are simulating navigation by having G.P.S. turned on, actively checking for traffic information and scrolling through the map where after one hour of doing so, it’s the same as last time.
Another percentage point advantage for the 60 Hertz galaxy, bringing it a full 10 percentage points ahead as we move on to Spotify.
Now, in this test, we’re not doing too much with the screens.
It’s mostly just remaining on as we play these songs with our roba only touching the screen every two minutes to change the song. But just by being on the 120 Hertz Galaxy balls, another two percentage points behind.
So as we head into Snapchat, which, by the way, is the most intensive test in this entire battery test, these 60, her SKELSEY has a pretty big advantage. We’ll see how far each phone can go here. We’re after thirty five minutes.
The 120 Hertz Galaxy calls it quits. Now, that’s not a bad performance at all.
In fact, it actually ranks pretty well in our rankings. But the sixth year, its galaxy still has an impressive 14 percent remaining or enough for the S 20 otra to make it all the way through Snapchat with seven percent left to go.
Which means that the 60 hertz as 20 ultra becomes the second phone that we have ever tested to make it all the way to the app cycle test.
A test where we simply open up these apps, we close them all and then we repeat that process over and over again until the phone. Guys dies after twenty four minutes into the AB cycle test, these 60 Hertz galaxy finally dies, bringing its total time to an impressive 26 hours and 24 minutes, or it nearly 50 minutes of screen time.
Longer than these same phones said to one hundred and twenty hertz. But anyways, that is it for me in this article.