Here's how the Always-on display option may look like on Note 7


The deluge of Galaxy Note 7 leaks in recent days and weeks has left almost nothing to the imagination, as even the eventual pricing has been tipped, albeit in Europe only. The big piece of the puzzle that is missing is the rear (eventually glass) panel outside of image renders, but we've seen the handset from the front in numerous prototype forms already, depicting the two new openings on the right of the earpiece that could be forming an iris scanner

We even saw the eventual AT&T model with an honorable DirecTV app mention, but you know what? We haven't seen Samsung's Always-on display feature that launched with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. Well, today is your lucky day, as the newly leaked photo above supposedly shows exactly that - a Note 7 prototype with the Always-on display, well, on. 

We say prototype, as the unit seems pretty rough in terms of design finish, as if you've simply tacked on those front panels on the right and glued them with the engineering sample's chassis, but the camera/IR sensor for the iris scanning setup seem to be in place under the two openings on the top right, so this could indeed be a Note 7 test bed shown here, with the power-grabbing always-on display in a working state.

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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27 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

AOD was pretty poorly implemented on S7. Not only it drained significantly more battery then it should even more then LG G5's LCD display which is shocking considering Samsung's efficient software implementation but also for the fact it didn't support third party apps. Hope they improve on that with Note 7. At least in the battery department. If something is going to drain almost 1% battery in an hour then count me out.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

S7 AOD is brighter, and its not significantly different from G5, and it isnt even eat 1% per hour at least thats what PA saidhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Galaxy-S7-vs-LG-G5-Always-On-Displays-energy-efficient-or-power-drainers_id81565

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Agreed that its brighter then G5's which makes it significantly better then G5's implementation. but the battery drain is not far from 1% (which is why I mentioned almost). However, it still is significant IMO. When I leave it on during night I almost loose 12-13% battery with AOD on and 2-3% without it. Also, Samsung completely lied in its marketing for its battery drain in ads as against what we witnessed in real world scenarios.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@tech2, why would you leave the AOD turned on, during your sleep at night? I mean, it's meant for time and weather notification, which obviously is useful only when you're awake!

17. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Well bcoz my neighbour thinks the only time to fix his leaking garage is at midnight (long story). Because of that bellend I wake up several times at night.

21. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I recommend you to use edge clock at night. That doesn't drain battery by much. It's dimmer and could be set in automatic timing to switch between AOD and edge clock.

11. maherk

Posts: 6773; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I doubt it that it's the AOD that is draining 12% during your sleep, unless you sleep for 3 straight days. After few days of the release of the S7, Samsung issued an app update for the AOD fixing the battery drain, so either you didn't get the app updated, or there is something else causing the drain. For me, it doesn't have any impact on the battery life of my S7 Edge. I just wish it was compatible with 3rd party apps, that's my only gripe. But I do like the fact that I can have a quick glance at my phone to check the time.

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Maybe. I have updated my phone to whatever the latest released version in UK is including the one where you can customize AOD for certain times. I even did some asking around at xda a while ago and few other people are facing the same prob. On a separate note, what sort of SoT are you getting ? Mine is about 4.5 to 5.5 hours (without AoD) Everything on except NFC or Bluetooth. Also, does your SoT affect significantly if you're out and about much ? I've noticed that with mine quite a bit.

20. maherk

Posts: 6773; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Easily 6:30 hrs, sometimes I can even get 8. I have everything switched on, NFC, location, Sync, and always on. I do play basic games like card games, but nothing heavy, and I am almost always connected to WIFI whether I am at my work or home.

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They didn't lie. The results will vary, depending on what apps and settings you may have on your phone. Their tests would be based on the phone with it default factory settings. When you add apps to your phone, which adds services and background tasks, the phone is no longer running at it default setting. Reset the phone to factory before you apply your stuff and see what the results are. When you guys make blanket statements like this, you don't even remotely consider how changes you make to the phone effect its performance...FOR ANYTHING!

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But the changes made to the phone due to added content doen't affect much performance to justify the difference in battery life.

27. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Did you even read my comment ? I said it even drains battery at night when Doze is active. Do you have any clue how doze works ? The whole idea of doze is to disable services and background tasks.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Weather notification also drains more power because, even if the app itself may use 1% battery you have to consider other factors. Like weather stuff uses GPS location services. Which uses more power. People incorrectly use something and then complain about results. That's a good question. Why the heck do you need a phone on while sleeping. Are you gonna wake up every hour to check the time a weather? Also you said you leave it on at night. Ok. So why si it, the phone isn't charging? If the phone was plugged in, you wouldn't lose any charge. How about I think you're lying because the S only gets through a day on a single charge. You would have to charge the phone overnight. So you admitted that you didn't even plug the phone in at night because you claimed it lost 12% of its charge. - CHECK So lets see, it wouldn't lose any charge if it was plugged. And you admitted to having AOD on while you're sleep.- CHECK Looks like you're causing your own problem because you don't even know how to use a phone. The AOD concept was made to be use in a situation where you may not want to actually pick up your phone to see certain info. Like maybe you are in a business meeting, or maybe a theatre where it is dark. Not while you're the bed sleeping and the phone is charging. Its not an alarm clock. If you just want to have the time on. Why not just turn on the time to the curved side of the phone? Gosh you just embarrassed yourself.

7. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

once again people decide to gloss over the massive difference i brightness and visibility between the two AODs and the fact that the S7's shows more visual elements than date and time..if you're going to point out differences don't ignore that..does it justify the slightly higher drain? No. But i don't get why anyone will tout the g5s as superior when you can barely see the thing and I have both G5 and S7 edge so I can talk.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Conceded. +1 See post 8

15. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

I say that from the renders of Note 7 that we are seeing, including this latest one, NOTE 7 is sexxayyyy!!! Do you?

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so.. it will have samsung logo, or not? I know japanese version of sammy flagship didnt have samsung logo, but it still have empty space for that logo.. and this leak didnt even have space for samsung logo (which look good :D) older leak show different design and it have samsung logo :-/http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-S7-front-panel-leaks-compare-it-to-the-Galaxy-S6-and-Galaxy-Note-5-panels_id77087

13. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Note 7 without Samsung logo in front? Not a good.

19. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

They said it is a prototype so I don't think they would add it there yet .

3. Phantom1031

Posts: 263; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

The pic was taken by an iphone if u look closer ;)

6. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Yup lol

16. gsv619

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Maybe Apple is looking for some new "innovation" and has a Note 7 prototype for "inspiration"! ;-)

4. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They better update the AOD on the S7 to this.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I love this look (without the logo on the front) Samsung! Keep making beautiful phones, and one day I may purchase one. Well.....another one (bought the Note 4). Someone insert that DJ Khalid GIF please :D.

14. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

This is just a prototype, original will have the Samsung logo and will look exactly like the renders that were published by EVleaks.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I just don't see any reason for this feature. It seems to be a useless battery draining feature. I understand what it is for, but it seem redundant. I don't see a need for the display to be always on. its not a watch, its a phone. I understand sometimes you can be in a place where using your phone is frowned upon, but at certain angles the display is not all that clear. The glare from lights make the AOD which is already dim, hard to make out. If a message is that important, you can just dim your display and have t wake up when you get a notification and you can glance over when it lights up without even picking up the phone. You can set your own brightness. All you have to do is use a black wallpaper for the lock-screen and the effect is the same. When you get a message, the display will turn on. And you can see the message at a quick glance and the screen turns back off in 2 seconds. You can even install and pap or some phones have it native where the display will turn on when you lift the phone just a little. I rather see less redundant capabilities and something that is actually more useful, or something I can't already do by other means.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

SETTINGS/AOD/OFF

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