QHD>FHD>HD: Note 7 may come with battery-saving resolution switch, icon pack section

QHD>FHD>HD: Note 7 may come with battery-saving resolution switch, icon pack section
When we first heard that with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung will let you set the screen resolution yourself, scaling it down all the way to 720p HD, we thought that the source might be talking simply about the standard/condensed screen modes that Samsung hides in its current TouchWiz iteration, taking it out in the open.

Well, from the guys that apparently have a Note 7 handy, and showed us the three new S Pen usage options that are expected to make a cameo with the phablet, now comes a second confirmation about this screen resolution change, and it is a blast. As you can see from the alleged Note 7 screenshot below, the handset could eventually feature a resolution slider in the display settings that can make the Quad HD display a 1080p Full HD one, and even a 720p HD panel, presumably to save on battery when you don't need the hardware to push all those 2560x1440 pixels.

Apparently, the phone will sport a multilevel power saving mode, in addition to the Ultra one we have now. In medium settings the resolution is set to FHD 1080p, and in maximum it is dialed down to HD 720p. Samsung will also evidently let you set limitations for the display's peak brightness regime, too. To cap it all off, the display resolution change is allegedly available to be set independently of those power saving modes, so you can tweak it around to your desire. Samsung does warn that some apps and options might not work at lower resolutions as with the original one, but we already knew that. Still, 1080p seems a great compromise between battery life and pixel density, so we can't wait to measure the rumored 3500 mAh juicer's endurance in all modes, if this speculation holds water.

In addition, the source provides some more screenshots that lead us to the thought that not only will there be a new Note UX with more rounded icons, new notification bar switches, and an integrated Notes app, but it will also let you pick extra launcher and menu icons, as well as stylus-drawn wallpapers from the current Themes menu, too. That's score two for TouchWiz customization and features for today, we wonder what else will it bring now.

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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



1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This would be awesome, if that pans out.

5. Epicness1o1

Posts: 298; Member since: May 30, 2013

Omg this phone is going to be lit :OOO

7. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 725; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

This is for sure.

10. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Lovely isn't it! True power phone, can't wait.

2. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

That would be amazing! That would save so much battery power! Wish NExus Marlin would have this feature lol.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3938; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

So this how Sammy is trying to justify putting a smaller battery in the N7 than what the S7E has smh, for the sake of the people who buy the N7 I hope this new feature helps it get better battery life than the Edge.

4. willywanta

Posts: 497; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

when i get the Note7, I might switch the screen resolution to 1080p immediately. 1080p in 5.5" - 6.0" screen is perfectly fine.

9. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

And more smooth UI. look apple fear go to 2k for iphone.

20. torr310

Posts: 1618; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I totally agree with you that 1080p is good enough for me too. And having the choices for users to switch the resolution is awesome!

6. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

That explains the 3500mah battery...

8. x88yunkw

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

i wish Samsung can add this feature in next Note 5 update. Thank you so much Samsung!

25. gsv619

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

hoping to get is on the S7 Edge as well in an update.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2117; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Cool feature...however, this defeats the purpose of sharp pixel density. Now I hear ppl around here saying that the iPhone has a 1080p screen, but now you can reduce the Samsung Note 7 to FHD and HD. How ironic of the comments of the iPhone screen being inferior...LOL!!!

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Having an option to further save battery when battery is low is not the same as being stuck with a mediocre screen quality...but I guess you aren't used to having options.

12. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Won't save that much battery I guess. Since the screen would still suck the same power. I don't think GPU headroom will be reduced that much unless you're gaming, in which case you had the option already.

15. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

OLED pixels are individually lit. The backlight on the LCD needs to be stronger to shine through high density screens. A 720p OLED and 4K OLED draw the same amount of screen power at the same brightness.

21. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

They don't scale as badly as an LCD but they do still scale. Smaller OLEDs are not as efficient as larger ones because they are a newer tech.

13. gigicoaste

Posts: 430; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

that's innovation.

14. NoAllegiance unregistered

Not really, the Chinese had it already. The Huawei P9 has it under ROG Power saving and turns the displays pixel output from FHD > HD.


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Sony did it too on the Z5 Premium as well. and yet everyone blasted Sony for it. Now Sammy is doing it and so many of yall act like it is godsend

24. gigicoaste

Posts: 430; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

OK, I didn't know that, but still.. it is innovation .. even if it came from Huawei or Sony! :)

17. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Will Phonearena post all battery results from all resolutions?

18. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Is this a feature a future app could utilize? Or does it need to be a hardware option, created within the phone? Because if you could download an app that does this, that'd be so damn useful

19. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Sounds good! But I think if they choose 3500 mAh battery for Note7 will be a downgrade from s7 edge!! Especially that note7 has 5.7 inch display or bigger!

22. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

People make fun of Touchwiz yet it comes out with features before even stock Android does.

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