Results: What resolution would you set the Galaxy S7 / edge to when you get the updated settings menu?

Results: What resolution would you set the Galaxy S7 / edge to when you get the updated settings menu?
As we already know, Samsung is hard at work with the major Android 7 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. And some lucky users have already had the chance to enroll in a beta testing program for the new software.

It is through them that we learned of a new feature headed for the Galaxies — a resolution switcher hidden inside the phone's settings! The toggle allows users to pick one of three modes for the display — HD (720 x 1280), FHD (1080 x 1920), and QHD (1440 x 2560). Yes, we've seen this menu before — it was on the Note 7. But since it's, sadly, gone now, the S7 twins are the phones that will carry Sammy's new battery-saving feature.

So, since there are so many different people out there demanding different things from their phones, we thought we'd ask you — how do you intend to utilize this feature? Go full-out QHD, or hardware-friendly HD? Here's how the poll results look!

Which resolution would you pick on your Galaxy S7 when the update comes?

HD (720 x 1080) is enough for me and I want as little stress on my hardware as possible
7.53%
FHD (1080 x 1920) - I'll pick the golden middle
33.6%
QHD (1440 x 2560) - I want it as crisp as possible!
28.25%
Hold your horses, let me see if it affects battery life and performance in any noticeable manner
30.63%

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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)

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9 Comments

1. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Whatever. The best answer is 'let me see if it affects battery life and performance in any noticeable manner' If does affect it, stay on (1080 x 1920) or if you are former ifan on (720 x 1280),- and go on higher when need it.

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Well it will obviously affect performance and battery, lower resolution will obviously give more framerate and have less impact on battery. I kinda hope Samsung implements some automatic mechanism to enable 2k while viewing videos and photos while defaulting to 1080p during other use like gaming and apps.

3. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Resolution switch is relatively new concept on phones and it needs to be explored further like allowing developers to trigger whatever resolution they want for their app..etc

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7036; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

VR apps need the highest resolution possible in order to eliminate the screen door effect. For instance with the iPhone 7 poultry HD display gives you a resolution of only 667x750 per eye. Whereas any QHD display will give you a resolution of 1280x1440 per eye. Almost 4 times higher. So for VR you need the highest resolution possible.

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yes just like on computer make it possible to choose game resolution in options of the games. World of tank blitz work thats way ( i do put everything to max lol ) but still this is what we need.

5. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

The resolution change hardly effects the battery life from what I hear so if at is true than the full resolution vote is nearer to 65%

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't know the details, but likely the resolution switch isn't system wide and will not affect anything but games and movies. 1080p on a 1440p screen will need to downscale the image and likely result in artifacts like you get on the iPhone Plus variants. Also, you save no energy on running the pixel LEDs at any resolution as long as the full screen is being used. The lower resolution rendering will save the processor and GPU some power but not enough because the hardware scaling isn't perfect enough to fully utilize it. The battery life savings will be negligible at best and likely meaningless.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

its affect battery life in games. if i put resolution to minimum in world of tank blitz i can play for like 6 hours easy and still have 25-30% battery left. with resolution to maximum its go down to 4 hours. ( world of tank blitz is one of the few android game in wich you can choose all graphic setting including resolution )

6. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Wow. Didn't realize was possible to adjust screen resolution, though maybe should have figured can given the kind of similar feature with the ultra power saving mode. Anyway, I would always use highest resolution unless battery is less than 10% and won't be near a charger. Hopefully with the exception, Samsung will learn from LG after having the Note 7 almost literally blowing up in their faces, and thus follow the premium design of the V20 while also restoring the stolen removable battery feature.

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