Samsung’s new OLED laptop screens could finally kill 60Hz refresh rates for good

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For those outside the world of PC gaming, 60Hz has been the default refresh rate on laptops. With the announcement of Samsung Display’s new 14-inch 90Hz OLED panel, however, we may finally see 90Hz breaking as a new standard.

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Samsung is already shipping these 90Hz panels to Asus non-gaming laptops, such as the ZenBook 14 and VivoBook Pro 14. These aren’t the most expensive laptops in the world, either, which makes sense given how wide-reaching this display technology can be.

The Asus Vivobook Pro 16X is sitting on an OLED table top.

“The 90Hz OLED panel offers more options for consumers who want to enjoy high-performance content on their laptops,” Samsung Display said. “With our innovative OLED, we are the market leader and leader in display technologies that deliver superior image quality.”

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Samsung Display was also quick to acknowledge the inherent advantage of OLED panels over traditional LCDs. The company claims that its 90Hz OLED panel showed a 10% improvement in blur length in video playback as compared to the 120Hz LCD panel. This means smooth animations regardless of what you’re doing.

Samsung Display already supplies panels for many of the most popular high-end OLED laptops, including the Dell XPS 15, HP Specter x360 and Lenovo ThinkPad x1 Extreme. These are content creation- and professional-oriented laptops, though they often also have impressive graphics performance under the hood. However, the 60Hz refresh rate always meant they weren’t twice as good as gaming laptops.

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Of course, Samsung Display’s announcement today only applies to the 14-inch screen size, which means the larger 15-inch or 16-inch options are still stuck at 60Hz. This includes the VivoBook Pro 16X which I reviewed at launch.

As of now, Asus has announced the ZenBook 14 and the Vivobook Pro 14 will come with a new 90Hz OLED panel. Meanwhile, Lenovo also recently announced the IdeaPad Slim Carbon with 90Hz OLED panel. As it continues, you can expect other models and laptop makers to join the party.

Samsung Display’s announcement also comes on the heels of another refresh rate-related launch: 120Hz promotion coming to the iPhone 13 Pro. We have already written in detail why this can happen (or needed) points to a promotion eventually coming to the MacBook Pro, though it’s unlikely to be released until later this year.

If it takes longer to roll out, though, these new OLED panels could give high-end Windows laptops an edge over the upcoming M1X MacBook Pros in the near future, which is focusing on mini-LED as the future of its display technology. is focusing.




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