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Galaxy S7 Display Defaults To Full HD After Nougat Update, But You Can Switch Back (androidcentral.com) 21

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung's new display scaling options change the default resolution of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. The Nougat update to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge introduces a new display scaling option that lets you reduce the screen resolution as a way to conserve battery life. With the update, you can now choose between three modes -- WQHD (2560x1440), FHD (1920x1080), and HD (1280x720). While it's a nifty feature to have, the display on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge is automatically defaulting to Full HD for those that have installed the update. Fortunately, you can easily switch back to the native Quad HD resolution by navigating to Settings -> Display.
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Galaxy S7 Display Defaults To Full HD After Nougat Update, But You Can Switch Back

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    move along?
    • If you switch back to WQHD there may be something to see here, at that terrible HD resolution it's all too shitty to recognize...
  • That's nice that they offer the flexibility, but why on earth is the default the one worse for battery life? A non technical user will generally not appreciate the extra resolution while they WOULD appreciate the extra battery life... All users will know is they get an update and the battery life is worse.

    This move seems like one that is done by marketing (to make the phones generally look better) than from any group that considers user happiness.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Go back and read the summary again.

      The thing that you're complaining they should have done? That's what they did...

    • but why on earth is the default the one worse for battery life?

      Because people don't read the summary.

    • Yet.

      Talking about a phone that pre-dates the Note 7 by over 6 months? Your insult is bad and you should feel bad.

  • When was the last time you heard someone complain that their full HD screen that's only 5" diagonally wasn't high enough resolution? That would be never.
    I'm all for higher resolutions, but unless you're using your phone in conjunction with a magnifying glass you just won't be able to see it at those resolutions. Meanwhile having a screen with that resolution is known to hurt battery life significantly, there's just no reason to do it. Well, there is one reason, meaningless marketing drivel to try to pretend

    • ..., but unless you're using your phone in conjunction with a magnifying glass

      Kind of like you would in VR?

    • When was the last time you heard someone complain that their full HD screen that's only 5" diagonally wasn't high enough resolution?

      When was the last time you tolerated looking at an LCD that had ever so slightly the wrong resolution leading to strange screen artefacts? This site is news for nerds, so please think about the technological implications of your suggestion.

      Meanwhile having a screen with that resolution is known to hurt battery life significantly

      The feature was introduced to improve battery life. People who bought this phone are in no way worse off even at the worst possible setting.

      Well, there is one reason, meaningless marketing drivel to try to pretend that your rectangular slab is somehow way better than the competitors' rectangular slab, without having to spend any time or money actually coming up with a useful differentiator.

      Yeah if only Samsung had a reason and a differentiator [samsung.com] to justify needing that resolution.

      • This site is news for nerds,

        If you don't know how to adjust resolution settings in your phone, then hand in your nerd card now Same if you can't actually tell the difference when using VR.

        However, if you cant tell the difference when not using your normal glasses and not doing VR, this is probably a big win.

  • If this article hadn't been posted to inform people, would anyone even have noticed? Even if you were using VR, would it be noticable?

    It feels like ever since Apple put out their "Retina Display" marketing, everyone has been climbing over themselves to see who can jump farthest past the shark.

  • What for you need QHD on mobile phone display? Maybe for VR but other purposes? Why? Processing power for such display is significant - so significant that you can disable it to conserve battery which is a MOBILE phone most valuable resource. So wny? Why QHD in mobile? What is the use case for that?

  • Low resolution (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Paul Carver ( 4555 ) on Saturday January 21, 2017 @12:40AM (#53709527)

    Look, I can deal with the rest of the world being morons, but on Slashdot at least can we replace the asinine phrase "full HD" with the accurate phrase "low resolution" or "crappy low resolution".

    The phrase "full HD" has been bullshit from the day it was invented since there were much higher resolutions available earlier. It was always sales fraud to make lousy sound like it was not crap.

  • it would be nice to know how fscking long it's going to be before this update actually rolls out to people with these phones... Virgin Media is notorious for taking many months to update to new versions and even security updates...
  • Since Android manufacturers seem in a perpetual spec race and insist in putting these so-high-res-i-can't-see-a-difference screens is nice that they at least offer this option.
    I wish I could buy a phone choosing every part: I may be interested in a good CPU but don't care about quadHD res, or I may want a nice back camera but don't care about the front one.

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