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

What resolution would you set the Galaxy S7 / edge to when you get the updated settings menu?
So, Samsung is hard at work with the major Android 7 Nougat update for its most current flagships — the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge (sorry, Note 7, we miss you). 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 today of a new feature headed for the Galaxies — an options menu within Settings that allows the user to pick a resolution of their own choosing... well out of the 3 options, that is — HD (720 x 1280), FHD (1080 x 1920), and QHD (1440 x 2560). Of course, we've seen this menu before — it was on the Note 7. But its life was cut short by the minor annoyance of an exploding battery, so we didn't get to enjoy its unique features a whole lot.

But back to the S7 / edge. Word is that, currently, when you update to Android 7, the phone will default to the FHD resolution (1080 x 1920), not the full, ultra-crisp QHD. This could be an overlook with the beta, but it could also be a conscious decision on Samsung's part. We thought we'd ask — which resolution would you choose on your S7 (hey, even if you don't have one — imagine that you do and join the fun) once the Nougat update comes?

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
FHD (1080 x 1920) - I'll pick the golden middle
QHD (1440 x 2560) - I want it as crisp as possible!
Hold your horses, let me see if it affects battery life and performance in any noticeable manner

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1. aegislash

Posts: 1518; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Most probably FHD. While QHD resolution does look gorgeous, it's just something I really don't care about. As long as I can use my phone the way I want, I'm content.

3. You_Dont_Say

Posts: 431; Member since: Jan 26, 2015

I'd set it to HD, since Samsung Galaxy devices stutter like crazy and lag like a slideshow.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

A device stuttering and laging isn't directly related to to it's screen resolution. Sure, high res puts a strain on the SoC, but thst isn't a pivotal reason why any device can stutter. By your logic, phones with HD (720p) can never have lag, huh? Ridiculous.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

People tend to forget that one of the reasons why Samsung and others put QHD on their smartphones is not only for the crisp display, but for VR as well. If you have a QHD display that works out to a resolution of 1280x1440 per eye. Whereas the iPhone 7 has a resolution of 667x750 per eye. I guess that is why Apple hasn't been pushing VR on iPhones. With that said for most day to day tasks a HD display is okay. So having the option is always great to have. Especially since Android apps scale to any display.

37. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

1280x1440 per eye? You must have never used VR on a phone, huh? The images that appear on the phone display are tiny, and are nothing close to anything to the native resolution.

8. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The only people who cry about lag on Samsung phones are those who have never used one. Since the Galaxy S5, and with the exception of the Tab S, I have no software issues with any Galaxy phone I bought.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

And since the Galaxy S6, lag is literally non-existent on Samsung's devices. If there's any, it isn't as troublesome as it used to be during the Android Jellybean days.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Why even entertain the idiots? He is clearly talking out of his a** and doesn't know anything about smartphone operation much less Android phones.

23. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

They still lag but it was mostly fixed with the Galaxy S6, although it took them 6-8 months. It's still far from perfect.

29. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

You just got used to lags and don't notice them any longer :)

41. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Nope, I also use stock devices.

38. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I have an S7 and it lags plenty. Most phones still do.

39. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

I have an S7Edge and it runs smooth in all tasks. Maybe you "use it wrong".

16. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I can Gear that Yup dont own one.

24. tommy_vercetti

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

oh, so that's the reason iPhones doesn't do above HD/FHD resolutions.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

My note 7 lasted all day on QHD.....

36. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Since it should give you better battery life, I would go with the perfect resolution that is 1080p. Don't start with me about VR because I don't GAD about it lol FHD FTW.

2. warrenellis93

Posts: 550; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

I would set my phone to the lowest setting if im not watching videos

4. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I ve tried both for few days each, and I noticed that battery life remained the same, I decided to switch back to QHD.

7. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

If no battery and performance gain then there is no benefit to switch the resolution. Better to purchase 1080p phone.

19. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Wouldnt matter either...

20. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

There is a benefit in switching resolution, though battery life isn't one of the benefits. Lowering the screen resolution reduces the device's heating. I believe the S7 will last longer when gaming with the resolution set at HD, versus being set at Quad HD, due to the SoC operating at a lower frequency and having less stress with the lower resolution, as opposed to the stress which the taxing Quad HD puts. Less workload = less power consumption (and less heating), amirite?

9. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The battery life will obviously remain the same, because the Quad HD pixels are still all being lit up, though less of them are being processed when set at a HD or FHD. I think lowering the resolution does have a benefit: less heat when gaming, because load on the processor is reduced.

13. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well then that explains why I didn't notice any difference in terms of performance either, since the games I usually play aren't intensive 3d games, I mostly play card and domino games.

18. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yea me too.

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Did you try some games? If I had a S7e, I'd probably change it to HD when gaming if it saves battery life But otherwise, I'd leave it at QHD

6. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I don't have the S7, but I'm not gonna reduce my screen resolution to anything lower than its capacity.

10. JC557

Posts: 1921; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

For general usage like web browsing or emails I would use HD or FHD, provided if it would improve battery life quite a bit. Otherwise I wouldn't waste my time and would just stick to the native res.

14. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I only change it when I require the extended battery life.

15. billy_shears

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 06, 2013

FHD, I actually struggled to see the improvement in pixel density upgrading from an Xperia Z1 compact (4.3" 720p) to a Galaxy S7

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