With the official release of Android 7.0 Nougat for the Galaxy S7
and S7 Edge, Samsung fans were treated to a nice dessert in the form of over 20 new features and overhauled visuals. However, some users have also ran into an odd issue – the display resolution of their Galaxy S7
devices dropped after the update. This was not really a bug you should have been worried about, but the option to switch resolutions is a feature that is part of a new power saving scheme for those multiple moments you don't need the graphics subsystem burdened with the full Quad HD resolution.
As you can see in this official image from Samsung, it will be doing the same with the Galaxy S8
, but the more interesting thing are the exact pixel
counts. The screen's actual resolution is now called WQHD+, or the unorthodox 2960 x 1440 pixels, indicating that the rumors about an 18.5:9 screen aspect ratio held water. This new ratio, called Univisium
, is similar to what LG did with the G6
, and allows for taller, narrower devices.
The default FHD+ screen setting is actually 2220 x 1080, while the new HD+ is 1480 x 720 pixels. Sign of the times, but it remains to be seen if those official battery life numbers Samsung is listing, have been measured with the default FHD+ resolution, or at the full WQHD+ setting. Needless to say, you can always jack up the resolution in the display settings, or lower it down to HD+, if you wish.