Samsung Galaxy S5 'Ultra Power Saving Mode' explained

Samsung Galaxy S5 'Ultra Power Saving Mode' explained
The Samsung Galaxy S5 battery life would be the topic of heated debates in the next few weeks and months, but while most of you already know about the larger, 2800mAh battery that it packs, a neat new feature promises to do a lot for extreme battery savings. We’re talking about the 'Ultra Power Saving Mode' that employs draconian measures to squeeze the absolute maximum out of the S5 juicer - it turns off colors, and switches to a black and white mode, while at the same time flipping the switch on most connectivity options.

The end result can be summarized in just one sentence:

"If my Galaxy S5 is down to only 10% battery, it can still last up to 24 hours in standby."

That’s how a Samsung executive briefly explained the benefits of the new power savings mode, and we think this speaks this is an impressive statement.

Battery life overall has been improved in the S5, and it should last 10 hours of web browsing and 12 hours of video. It also has a user-removable battery, so you can put in a new one when you can’t reach the charger for days. But right now, take a look at our quick look at the new battery savings mode on the S5.

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Why do i want a black and white screen just to save power? LOL!!!

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

You don't, and it's NOT a black and white phone. :)

22. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Because when the background is black, those pixels are turn off to make the black color and it consume less power(similar to Moto X "Active Display" feature).

24. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Now that is a really useful feature. Everybody is now or then in a situation where you really just want to keep the phone running.

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Oh god why. I'm gonna have nightmare of samsung tonight.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

still battery is lower than z2 g2..hehe

18. skyline88

Posts: 700; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

and yet it last longer than both of them, ironic

26. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

how would you know? have you tried using it yet? nooooooooooooooooooooooooo

28. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

on paper... and I'd rather buy a phone for its real battery capacity than for the advertised battery duration.

5. BlueForce

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Why wouldn't you want a black screen? That looks nice. Functionality over beautiful looks any day. Why I'm running foxhound on my s4 right now. So fast, clean, battery lasts a long time, mostly black and white/aosp. Why I run my windows 7 to look like windows 98. Performance. Speed. Clean.

31. liudmer

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 20, 2014

wait a second, I have an s4 i337m, you mean you can have black and white screen with foxhound rom? I'm now running liquid smooth and I'm very pleased,but this b&w feature it's so appealing and I want it now , by the way, does foxhound overheats the s4?, it happens to me when using heavy stuff so I'm looking for other alternative even it's not as hot as with stock rom

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Does the phone not come with a charger?

23. av911 unregistered

Don't you have a brain?

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Come on PA no matter how many articles you type about the S5 it's not gonna make it better. It's a ugly phone.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I seem to disagree. Makes me want it even more now.

14. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Me too, Smurf.

20. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I personally only liked the white version and blue is also ok.....but I'm afraid those holes like texture might get dust in them:D


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

wtf if this !!

10. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

so can I assume if I use it for calling only, it can last for a week???

11. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

I'll take the stamina mode anyday than this crap features.

12. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

haha all these haters, I wasn't and am not especially interested in another Android phone, but I almost feel like buying a Galaxy S5 just to parade it infront of all the haters now. :)

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Join me and make the haters mad.

15. bananana

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 27, 2013

nah... the feature came first in galaxy J... look it up people =)

16. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

The most effective way to save battery : turn off your phone.

17. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

looks like I missed something Victor H, is there any exynos version this time round or we've got only the snap dragon version?

19. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Maybe this is hinting at e-ink displays for their upcoming phones?

21. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I actually love that greyscale mode feature! It does save battery... Especially with a screen that big~ You effing idiots -_-"

25. GeorgeAF

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Samsung Galaxy phones over your Grandma's life cause I dont really care about her. Why are people with old phones even complaining about the S5? You should just shut the hell up if you have an S3. I have an S4 and it never failed me, so I will gladly buy the S5 and or the Note 4 when its released.

27. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

For such price (i guess 699$), they can put in the box also Samsung E1200, as a replacement of "power saving mode" - when S5 dies, swap the SIM...

29. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

This the same as Lumia 1520 battery saver mode, but instead of 24 hours it would say 1 to 2 days left......from everything I read in these articles on this website they pay more attention to these features then whats under other phones......Lumia 1520 have the same LTE advance for 150, battery saver mode on Lumia 1520 can add additional days on my phone, the question is do this one really work, my lumia gets charged every 2 to 3 days because of the battery saver.....all I am saying if they are willing to post all these articles they should give other phone companies the same here it is from Nokia website Data Network LTE max data speed DL: 150 Mbps LTE max data speed UL: 50 Mbps

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