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iPhone 13 Pro to tout 120Hz LTPO OLED panels

iPhone 13 Pro to tout 120Hz LTPO OLED panels

by Vyncent ChanJanuary 8, 2021
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Apple is expected to upgrade the display of the iPhone 13 Pro in a big way. While many were expecting Apple to release the iPhone 12 Pro with a 120Hz display, they were let down by Apple continued use of 60Hz OLED panels. However reports are pointing towards Apple using 120Hz LTPO OLED panels from Samsung for the iPhone 13 Pro.

iPhone 12 Pro design

Low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) TFT technology might possibly allow Apple to deliver better battery life even with the higher refresh rate in their upcoming iPhone 13 Pro. This is possible due to the support for adaptive refresh rates brought about by LTPO TFT OLED panels.

Apple Watch Series 5 health

Apple managed to deliver extra battery life in the Apple Watch Series 5 even with a new always-on display function, thanks to the LTPO OLED display that is capable of dropping all the way down to 1Hz to conserve power.


More recently, Samsung managed to implement LTPO OLED display panels in the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, making it the first smartphone to use an LTPO panel. Samsung is allegedly the sole supplier for the upcoming 120Hz LTPO OLED displays for the iPhone 13 Pro, simply because they are the only one capable of churning out sufficient supply for Apple.

Samsung is reportedly going to be ready to produce up to 60 000 sheets of LTPO OLED per month soon, while LG Display is slated to only be able to pump out 25 000 sheets by the end of 2021. LG Display is reportedly slated to produce LTPO OLED panels for Apple in 2022, with Apple expected to use LTPO OLED panels in all iPhones launched in 2022.


Pokdepinion: I wonder if adaptive refresh rate will bring smoother mobile gaming?

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Vyncent Chan
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