What can Ultra Power Saving Mode in the Samsung Galaxy S5 do for you? Watch this

We have all been there. It has been a really busy day and we’ve been power-using our device for hours, then it happens, the dreaded notification that your battery is about to go kaput, leaving you in a lurch.  Some of us that are more obsessed and OCD might carry a spare battery, or separate battery pack and cable to keep the lights on. However, Samsung doesn’t want you to feel stranded on those days where you leave such items at home.

Instead, turn on the available ultra-power-saving-mode on the Samsung Galaxy S5 and you could perhaps get up to a whole extra day of with your phone. Obviously there are caveats with such a “promise,” but this feature might just save your bacon.

The Ultra Power Saving Mode goes to the extreme to ensure you can get done what needs to be done. First, it converts the display to a simple grey-scale theme. Then, it shuts down unnecessary features so you can keep working with the basics, like making a phone call or handling an email.

Samsung notes that you could get as much as 24 hours or more power with as little as 10% battery remaining. Of course, all sorts of factors play into that figure, not least of which is actual usage. Battery condition, temperature and other environmental issues come into play too. Either way, getting able to get more than just a couple hours usage with minimal battery is a great feature.

All that aside, the Samsung Galaxy S5 rocked our battery test, so if battery performance is important to you, by all means, Samsung’s new flagship is a must to consider.



1. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Now THIS is a truly useful 'feature'... Kudos to Samsung for covering everything from the most specialized extras to the genuinely useful. At this point, the Galaxy S5 has no peer, and all the thin aluminum outer coverings in the world are no substitue for expandable (up to +128gb) storage, a user-replaceable battery, water/weather-proofing, and a durable user-replaceable backplate. Really looking forward to seeing what the Note 4 brings.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

One of the reasons why I jumped from a Note 3 to my S5. UPSM is the best way to get at least three days on my battery.

6. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Is there a set limit it can be turned on or only when it hits 10%? If this can be activated whenever you want, that's huge.

12. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

It can be activated whenever you want.

20. pocketbook

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

You can enable it at any time. Doing it after a charge estimates around 10 days of life.

52. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

My same thoughts. Samsung should add a feature in UPSM which turns on UPSM at night, which will increase the standby time and I guess not more than 1% battery will drain while I'm sleeping for 7 hrs.

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Hmm. I've been contemplating jumping from my Note 3 to a GS5. I just don't know if I can deal with the screen size drop... 0.6" is a lot... But the GS5 has a lot of features I'm very interested in. Could you give me some Pro's v Con's that you've come across between the two?

14. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

same here, would be great for someone who switched to the S5 to tell us the note 3 owners what would be gaining and losing if we made the switch.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I have both. The S5 is smaller and has the s-pen. I am a weird case because I miss the larger display, spen and note taking when I use the S5. When I use the Note 3, then I miss the finger print reader and the new touchwiz. I actually like the new touchwiz which took a little time to get use to. The display on the S5 is brighter and more vibrant then the note. The speed of the S5 even under heavy multitasking usage is really hard to bog down. Although I am not a camera buff and do not take a lot of pictures. I can say that the camera takes some really nice photos. They are good enough for me and my usage. Note 3's 13mp camera vs the S5's 16mp camera, they both look good to me. However I can say that the S5 is a little faster for taking photos. If I only had enough money to buy only one unit, then I would have to go with the S5, because of the newer features.

23. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

thanks man, I guess I ll have to give the S5 a try, but I have to wait for t-mobile to restock since they are out of the S5 atm.

40. wrm2013

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I ordered my s5 in black last Monday at which time it was on back order with no available date. I got it in the mail that Wednesday. So it shouldn't be too much longer. I also am on tmo bile.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you choose either device. You will still get great phones. It comes down to what really like and what is more important to you.

49. srgonu

Posts: 549; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

I think note 3 is superior and expect new touchwiz to be on it soon. Finger print reader is not there yet and looks half baked. Ultra power saving mode is good but as it is not hardware dependent am expecting to see it also on note 3 after the hype is stopped.

45. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

UI loos like Sony CarMode but it seems really usefull.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Very well said. Seriously if you don't like the back cover of the SGS5(which I don't know why you would, it feels great in the hand and leaves little to no smudges) sellers are always offering back cover replacements at decent prices. I know they had metal back covers for the SGS3, so I'm sure they will if not already for the SGS5. On top of that, while you can disagree and make excuses all you want, I can't stress it enough how important it is to have a good phone case, that not only protects your back, but most importantly the sides and corners of your display. Thus, making a "premium metal build quality" nearly pointless. My friend has an HTC One, he loves it and rightfully so, but guess what? He has an Otterbox on it and for good reasons, he wants to keep it in good shape. I love the new Touchwiz, it brings a lot of improvements while keeping it familar and easy to pick up and play. They have pratically improved upon it in every way. The display is one of the best(if not the best) on the market and the camera is amazing. I can't wait to see what the Note 4 is going to be like.

28. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So you mean Sony and Apple both make good looking phones are pointless too?

32. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

making good looking phones are never pointless. its important to aesthetically attract customers well. But in his view, he finds pointless in buying a phone just because of its aesthetically beautiful design because he have practically experienced that people usually cover their phone. When I saw gs5 in person, I was amazed why the hatred towards it's design was so high in the internet because it actually looked good.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Exactly, couldn't have said it better myself. Of course making a high premium device of excellent quality is important in attracting customers. Of course I would prefer a high premium quality over a cheap one. I just wish smartphones weren't so fragile. Which has been an issue from the very start. Some people don't use cases, don't need them. They don't have the butter fingers or bad luck others have. But of course, that doesn't last forever. I remember having a very annoying scratch on the back of my Motorola Droid X. I couldn't understand what happened as I never dropped it. However I quickly realized that I would always keep my change in the same pocket as my phone. Over a period of time, it caused multiple scratches on the back and sides. Despite it being made of metal and being high premium feeling, it still can be scratched and damaged just like a Samsung plastic can be. Thus my point, I would always suggest having a phone case to protect your phone, better safe than sorry.

41. wrm2013

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Unless your super rich I never understood the argument of what the phone was made out of because your going to put a case on it.

43. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Depends on the user. Personally, I could never justify a case when a quality screen protector (ZAGG, ClearPlex, etc.) has always worked just fine for my phone protection needs

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I do enjoy the features that a base Samsung has, battery, sd and screen, though just as a side note, windows 8 supports 128gb as well, that means the lowly nokia 521 could do it. I loath my note 3, but will certainly be eyeing a Note 4, always good to see what Sammy brings.

51. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

+1 to you.. Samsung should add a feature in UPSM which turns on UPSM at night, which will increase the standby time and I guess not more than 1% battery will drain while I'm sleeping for 7 hrs.

2. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I got a Note 2 and it's interesting to see how S5 against Note 2. The Note 2 seems to have slightly better battery endurance than the Note 3 due to its lower resolution screen.

13. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

not really, I have had both phones, and the Note 3 has the better battery life. True it has a higher resolution and bigger display, but it is more power efficient, plus the snapdragon 800 is also a less consumer for power than that found in the note 2.

3. maxmppower unregistered

Uber Powa Save Mode (UPSM)

5. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 2011

Nice one!!!

7. egbtmagus

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Great way to compensate for not putting a big battery in there to begin with... They could have done the same thing by just giving it a 3000mah or larger battery. How is it that the G2 has a larger display and larger battery yet is smaller than the S5.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Waterproofness and durability. Did you see the video of the GS5 going through the washing machine spinning like mad for 1 hour? That thing is a tank.

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

"Tank" isn't suitable to describe the durability of the S5, we can describe the S5 a piece of hunk, or a mothafukin mini sumo but not "tank". "Tank" is reserved for the Nokia 3310.

33. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

haha nice joke..say it tank or hunk, it sure seems to be a terminator

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