These days, it’s almost standard for high-end smartphones to have displays with high refresh rates, some even going as low as 144Hz. However, these mobile devices are catching up with laptops and desktops that have long used this feature, often to their gaming advantage. That, however, doesn’t mean there isn’t more room for innovation there, and Samsung’s new panel for laptops tries to prove it by comparing 90Hz OLED with 120Hz LCD screens.
LCD and OLED display technologies have long struggled in the marketplace, from televisions to monitors to smartphones. Some may have stated that OLEDs are the winners, but there are still many benefits to LCD displays. Traditionally, one of them has been the refresh rate, with LCD screens reaching 240 Hz.
However, OLED technology is starting to catch up and one of its biggest proponents is driving a new trend in the display market. Samsung just announced the mass production of its 90Hz OLED panels for laptops, starting another skirmish between the two display technologies.
Fast refresh rates are a piece of cake for LCD screens, of course, but Samsung argues that higher refresh rates also require more power than usual. LCDs are already known to consume more battery than their OLED equivalents, so this only adds even more power consumption. While 90Hz naturally looks worse than 120Hz, Samsung claims that its 90Hz OLED has a shorter blur length of 0.9mm, a 10% improvement over a 120Hz LCD screen that supposedly translates to less motion blur.
Although Samsung just announced mass production of the panels, its 14-inch 90Hz OLED panels were already in use on the new ASUS Zenbook and Vivobook Pro laptops. The company also took the opportunity to announce what it says are the first. 16-inch 4K OLED displays on the market, also on ASUS laptops, which push the boundaries even further when it comes to OLED displays.