The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Power Saving mode can quickly lower the display resolution to FHD or HD


As was previously rumored, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 comes with a beefed up Power Saving Mode that allows you to save battery by reducing the resolution of the 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display.

The Power Saving Mode on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has three setting levels: Off, Mid, and Max. As the name suggests, setting the Power Saving Mode to 'Off' will place no restrictions on the handset, allowing it to provide the best computing, networking, and viewing experience at the expense of potentially intense power consumption.

Set the Note 7's Power Saving to 'Mid', however, and the feature will start limiting power consumption. By default, it does this by reducing the resolution from 1440 by 2560 pixels (QHD at a PPI of 515) to 1080 by 1920 pixels (FHD at 386PPI), limiting the maximum display brightness, as well as by lowering the performance levels and turning off system animations. At the moment, we can't tell how much of an impact the performance limitation will have on average tasks, but we're sure that computing-intense operations (think: gaming) will take a hit.

For when even more power preservation is required, there's the 'Max' option inside the Power Saving menu. This option will lower the display resolution from 1440 by 2560 pixels to just 720 by 1280 pixels (HD at 258PPI). Furthermore, putting the power saving mode in full steam also lowers performance levels, limits the display brightness to 80%, and prevents background network usage.

The three default options (well, two if we don't count the 'Off' setting) offered by the Galaxy Note 7 Power Saving mode are shaping up as useful tools. However, we've got a feeling that many users will highly appreciate the ability to tweak these profiles. For instance, you can customize the 'Mid' setting to allow background network usage or raise the resolution in the 'Max' setting to FHD. Check out the screens below for a feel of the customization options.


According to Samsung, the new Power Saving mode featured by the Galaxy Note 7 can, in some circumstances, extend the battery life of the handset by up to 35 hours. However, to extend the battery life of the Note 7 by about a day and a half you'll need to seriously limit the display brightness, reduce the resolution to HD, lower the computing performance, and turn off background network processes.

Samsung phones always had one of the best Power Saving modes available in the market, but the ability to change the display resolution in order to preserve power is one thing that no other smartphone manufacturer offers.

In the past year, as smartphones with QHD displays became the norm, there has been a lot of talk regarding the practical use of such high PPI densities. Some want the sharpest display that they can get their hands on, which makes sense if you're into VR or high-resolution photo/video content. Others are willing to stick to 1080p/FHD panels, balancing out display sharpness and battery consumption. With every other smartphone, users make their choice and are then forced to live with it. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, users are able to toggle between QHD, FHD, and HD to fit their momentary needs.

What do you guys think of this new feature? Would you appreciate the ability to switch between QHD and FHD on your current smartphone and get the best of both worlds as the context demands it?

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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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47 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I want to see a battery test between QHD, FHD and HD with Exynos version

39. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

This is the only interesting feature in Note 7. If I will ever buy note 7 then I will always keep it on FHD to increase battery and gaming performance. I hope this feature will arrive in all mobile phones.

45. Epicness1o1

Posts: 309; Member since: May 30, 2013

you only get a gamig performance ad not a battery performance,if phonearen is right :/

44. Epicness1o1

Posts: 309; Member since: May 30, 2013

I just dont get one thing,Phonearena did a test where they lowered the resolution on the lg G3 and it did not help in the battery department..so how the hell did samsung make to do it? http://www.phonearena.com/news/We-changed-the-LG-G3s-display-resolution-to-1080p---we-got-superb-performance-and-negligible-battery-life-increases_id65982

46. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

LG is using LCD. In which you cannot turn off back light. Samsung has Super Amoled and each pixel has its own light. It is possible in Amoled to turn off individual pixel along with its light. So theoretically it should improve the battery as well.

47. Epicness1o1

Posts: 309; Member since: May 30, 2013

Ahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa now I get it ,thank you bro for the info ^^

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That is awesome. Bigger battery, and some nice tech to keep it juiced on the go. Jedii approved indeed.

6. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm quite disappointed since I was expecting 4000-4500mah battery. But since full reviews will surely come out before the aug 19 sales, I can decide quickly if I go note 7 or just wait for iphone 7 and galaxy s8

7. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I will get the blue coral exynos varient + 256 evo pro without reviews

18. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

same here

17. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

It has iris scanner and S pen and you think they'll put a battery that big in it ? S7e has a 3600 mah battery.

14. Kumar123 unregistered

I get that you very much like the note 7 but don't you think you are rushing to buy it? It's your choice and your money so you are the one to decide but still I think you should at least wait and see what next iPhone 7 and Nexus have to offer. If you don't like what they offer then you can jump to note ship. Maybe by that time you will get a nice little discount. Just a friendly suggestion.

21. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Oh, you're mad because you always flood Samsung articles the day of their Unpacked event saying how "trash" the device is, and you expect people to not buy it based off of your biased viewpoint? Hahaha Sorry, buddy, but he'll be getting it, I'll be getting it, and millions more will, as well. Deal with the hurt.

26. Kumar123 unregistered

OK first of all I didn't say don't get the device and second, I stand corrected about my comment because it's a legitimate suggestion. Rushing to buy products is never a good idea. All I suggested was he should wait and see what others have to offer then jump to note ship. Looks like I hurt your and Jason2k13's fragile feelings with comments. Sorry about that next I'll be extra careful not to hurt your feelings.

29. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Lol go easy on him, notice how he tried act so calm but deep inside his hurt how Samsung once again will do better than his favourite brand lol... You know they are a troll when they mention other people's name to make themselves feel better lol

30. Kumar123 unregistered

LOL, I knew you were lurking here but It was too easy to bring you out of your hiding cave. I'll see how you and your buddy samsung fanboys here will behave on Xiaomi,LG,Sony,Nexus,Apple's phones launch date and the following articles. And I'll also see how My dear friend NoToFanboys will react towards you people.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I honestly cannot wait bro.

25. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

He can and will buy both, as he said previously, if the iPhone 7 is good, he'll buy it too.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly. Since my son is grown out on his own working, and doing his own thing I have quite a bit more free money than I used to. Buying both phones is not an issue.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm not a nexus fan at all, and I'm loving what I've seen from the Note 7 bro. If I like the iPhone 7, I'll buy it too. The money isn't an issue, what I've seen as far as iPhone leaks, I'm not impressed at all, however..I love iOS 10 and can't wait to get it. With next year being a big redesign year for the iPhone 10th anniversary, I have every reason to skip this year's device, and wait till next year. With the galaxy note 7 this is not an anniversary here, it's just a really nice device that I really want, and will be getting.

38. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Approved by Legiloca! Will get one in September baby!!

5. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Now why didn't sony did this to their z5 premium? Sony try to bounce back, give something like what samsung is doing for their customers. Offer things that will surprise and practical to people.

9. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

In z5 premium - photos and videos are displayed in 4k , anything else is displayed in lower resulution

10. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I dont mind the galaxy s8 with 4k display , if they keep this feature in the next galaxy

12. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

How about modular screen variants!!!!

15. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Galaxy s6 series desperately need this feature *crying*

16. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

Do not expect anything better in another smartphone this year, 64GB base storage, Gorilla Glass 5, the best screen on the market, micro SD, IP68, USB type C, wireless charging and now saving mode reinforced with a screen that helps this method. This year no smartphone with better specifications.

20. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I was hoping for better bang for buck though. The S7 Edge comes fairly to the Note 7 in overall quality :/

32. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

The S7 edge isn't obsolete. Unless you need the S Pen feature, your phone can stay relevant for the upcoming years.

19. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I am buying this without thinking twice. What more would j need in a smartphone that I can't find here? It's like the phone offers everything I want in life from a smart phone. Can't think of anything better.

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