The Galaxy S20’s best new feature could have one massive drawback

There’s not long left until Samsung fans will finally be able to get their hands on the new Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra. These flagship devices arrive in stores from March 13 and offer numerous advantages over its Galaxy S10 predecessor. For your money, you’ll get a bigger battery, faster processor, improved cameras with Space Zoom and a much better 120Hz display.

This new screen, which is one of the headline features, offers a silky smooth experience that makes everything look smoother and faster than on a standard 60Hz display.

That’s clearly great news for those who love spending endless hours on their phones but it could come with a big compromise.

According to the team at Tom’s Guide, switching on the 120Hz setting doesn’t do wonders for battery life.

In fact, during its extensive tests, the tech website witnessed a dramatic fall in the amount of time the S20 lasts on a single charge.

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Tom’s Guide says they ran four battery comparisons on a Galaxy S20 Ultra which consisted of continuously surfing the web.

Two were with the 120Hz mode switched on and two used the standard 60Hz setting.

When the S20’s screen was set to 60Hz, the device managed to keep going for almost 12 hours without needing to be charged – that’s pretty impressive and puts the S20 at the top of the charts when compared to its rivals.

However, switch on that the stutter-free 120Hz mode and things look very different with the test showing a battery life of just over nine hours – that’s almost three hours less.

What makes things worse is that using the 120Hz mode also puts this phone well behind the competition when it comes to power.

Tom’s Guide’s tests show the iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 and Note 10 all beat the S20 Ultra – when in 120Hz mode – even though they all feature smaller power packs.

Here are the full results:

Galaxy S20 Ultra (60Hz) • 11hrs 58 mins – 5,000mAh battery

Galaxy S20 Ultra (120Hz) • 9hrs 13 mins – 5,000mAh battery

Galaxy S10 Plus • 12hrs 35 mins – 4,100mAh battery

iPhone 11 Pro Max • 11hrs 55 mins – 3,969mAh battery

iPhone 11 • 11hrs 16 mins – 3,190mAh battery

Galaxy Note 10 Plus • 10hrs 47 mins – 4,300Ah battery

Having used the S20 Ultra there is no question just how good this screen is but it’s worth noting that you may lose some battery performance if you place it in this ultimate setting.

Express.co.uk is currently testing the S20 Ultra and will bring you a full review soon so watch this space.

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