The Galaxy S7/S7 edge's powerful Game Launcher app explained

The Galaxy S7/S7 edge's powerful Game Launcher app explained
Ever the enemy of high frame rate and therefore smooth gameplay, a high resolution is the number one reason your games stutter—whether we're talking about conventional computers or smartphones. And with Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) displays becoming more and more common, chip makers need to deliver increasingly powerful silicon whilst balancing the load on the battery. As you can imagine, there's only so much that can be done.

Worse yet, when talking about as small screens as on smartphones, there's really no reason you'd want that high a resolution anyway. Even if you were among the few with vision that acute to really, and consistently, notice a difference—let alone one big enough to affect your experience—the motion blur of most games slaughters what extra clarity a pixel-dense display brings to the table anyway. And that's if your device can even run at the maximum graphical settings at reasonable speeds. After all, what's the point of an ultra high resolution if, in order to cope, your device automatically plays games at lower than optimal graphical settings?

Well, Samsung has been well aware of this disconnect for a while, otherwise it wouldn't have worked on an app like the Game Tuner, exclusive to Galaxy S6-era devices. What it does is allow you to lower the resolution of the display so you get a better frame rate when gaming, or optimize for battery so you can go for that Candy Crush marathon. And with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, Samsung is taking this a step further by bundling the so called Game Launcher app with the software.

Game Launcher is just like Game Tuner when looked from a distance, but actually offers a number of other goodies and user experience improvements. In order to highlight these for you, we took the Galaxy S7 edge for a spin and tested what the app has to offer, and what serious mobile gamers stand to gain by getting the new flagship.

Here goes:


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Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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