Galaxy S8's funky screen resolution revealed, but phone may default to 1080p


A photo of what is presumably a Galaxy S8 display setting has leaked out, and it shows a display resolution change slider that goes from HD+ to WQHD+ resolution, with Full HD+ in the middle. That middle setting, however, is shown to be the default one, and we can't help but think that Samsung may pull of with the S8 what it did with the S7 after the Nougat update.

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 to a lower screen resolution is rather a feature that may be a 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 the image, Samsung may be doing the same with the Galaxy S8, but the more interesting thing are the new display resolutions that the slider is showing. The screen's actual resolution is WQHD+ or the unorthodox 2960 x 1440 pixels, indicating that the rumors about an 18.5:9 screen aspect ratio may turn out true in the end. 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.

source: @UniverseIce

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)

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23 Comments

1. pankaj88

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

instead of moving fingerprint scanner to the ugly back samsung should give finger scanner to side power button like sony xperia gives.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The ergonomics of a side FPS was the least priority so they go to the back. The edge screen and Bixby was more important. Side FPS, Samsung can do it. They're just lazy. Lazy enough to buy an assistant rather to improve their own.

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"They're just lazy." Or it could just be that Samsung didn't consider putting the Fingerprint scanner at the side of the phone like Sony does... But you were just lazy to think of that possibility (of Samsung not wanting it's FP scanner at the side at all). SMH

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

EDIT: *But you were just lazy NOT to think of that possibility... Anyways, you get the damn point. Now man up and admit your flawed and partial logic.

30. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

IMO, Side FPS is the best implementation. You can register almost all of each finger's print, least the pinky. With the front and back FPS, your index, thumb or middle finger the least, can get to touch the sensor. Theoretically almost all of the fingers can access it but with much effort and hand calisthenics. And with its slim body, more the chance of fumbling up. And with that S8 design, two of your fingers will do the unlocking, power button then the fps. Its a breeze when you're unlocking right handed, but if you're unlocking left handed chances are it will be clumsy. Wherein side fps only one finger can do the job instantly, irregardless whether left or right handed. Correct me at this if the back fps is pressable and works the same as a power or wake up button. If you put much into consideration the placing of fps, the ergonomics, and the simple operation, you know which OEM has the laziest design of the fps placement.

27. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Apple bought Siri. In fact many tech advancements come from buying smaller companies and giving them more resources so moot point.

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

or it's already been covered that they wanted it built into the screen but the tech wasn't ready for prime time so they put it on the back at the last second.. which is the ONLY place you could put it without having to redesign the phone and cause delays.

34. Gandalfdenvite

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 15, 2016

Having the fingerprint scanner on the back, if below the camera lens, is good, but S8 have it next to, on the side of, the lens, and that is bad because every photo will be bad because smudged camera lens! Having the sensor on the side is the worst place of all, while having it on the front makes it easy to unlock without having to lift the phone up from the table...!

2. pankaj88

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

finger print scanner at back looks ugly for the flagships..

5. S4NDY

Posts: 267; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Samsung's fingerprint scanners are slowpokes

9. pankaj88

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

ya but there should be another option for finger print scanner to be placed it looks bad on back

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

2960? so it's fine to call it 3K since screen with 2048 pixels wide can be called 2K, and 3840 pixels wide called UHD (or some people call it 4K)

12. techbuttcheex

Posts: 205; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

2:1 screen ratio does not improve phone design. The point is to eliminate bezels from the body of the phone, not to cover up the bezels with additional screen space. It is completely useless to have such a long narrow display. It looks outright strange.

37. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

do you browse text-based content? browse the web? read some news? waste time on reddit? text? chat on skype or discord or something? a taller display would definitely come in handy in that kind of situation, especially if you're typing with the on-screen keyboard

19. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Great news even more options in Android os. Should be super in games to save batery and higher the frame rate.

20. .KRATOS.

Posts: 442; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

I don't how much modifying screen resolution affect on battery life or just gimmicky thing tests have shown the same battery indurance when switching between resolution on galaxy s7

22. iushnt

Posts: 3160; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It's what the consumers are demanding. They feel 1080p gives the best battery like how they preferred 480p when 1080p came out.

24. kerginaldo17 unregistered

These "leaks" is actually Samsung's own releasing images and functions for the consumer to get accustomed to the new system.

26. kerginaldo17 unregistered

On the function of choosing screen resolution Note 7 had this and I found a great idea.

28. Bondurant

Posts: 786; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Copy of Huawei again with that lowering of screen resolution present on Huawei phones for 2 years.

36. Guaire

Posts: 896; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Are you suggesting that they should not do it even if it improves the battery life because somebody else did it before them?

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

this is fantastic news. I wanna see the battery test between the 3 resolutions. I'll probably just run mine at 720 and have a 2 day battery.

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