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Power Saving Mode on the Galaxy Note 7 allows you to scale down the screen resolution

Samsung has developed a new Power Saving Mode for its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 7, which enables users to adjust the resolution of their display in order to preserve battery life. The South Korean firm claims that this new technology, when used in the right circumstances, can generate around 35 hours more juice from a full charge. It’s worth noting, however, that in order to achieve this number, you will also have to limit the maximum screen brightness, restrict device performance and prevent background network usage, but that’s a small price to pay for an extra day’s worth of battery.

Power Saving Mode is now organized into three tiers — Off, Mid, and Max. As the name suggests, when the handset is operating in Off Mode, the system is not mediating the amount of power that’s used to carry out standard tasks. When you turn the dial up to Mid, you’ll notice the resolution drop down from Quad HD to FHD 1080p. Performance is also dialed down, which means that multitasking and other intensive tasks won’t work as well as they did before. Activating the Max setting scales down the resolution to HD (720p), shuts off all network usage and disables animations. CPU speed is also reduced to a minimum.

What’s neat about the new Power Saving Mode is that it’s extremely flexible. What I mean by this, is that users have the facility to create their own preset. So, for example, if they select Max Power Saving Mode, but don’t want to sacrifice background network usage, they can choose to keep it enabled. This will, of course, affect the amount of battery life that the service is able to preserve. However, operating on an HD 720p display resolution with a lower CPU speed should still cut down power consumption by around 50%.

Unfortunately, it’s too early to tell how reliable this new feature is, but stay tuned for our full review of the Galaxy Note 7 later this month where we’ll be discussing it in even greater detail. In the meantime, be sure to check out our hands-on coverage to get a feel for the device.

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Total Faith
Total Faith

“What’s neat about the new Power Saving Mode is that it’s extremely flexible. What I mean by this, is that users have the facility to create their own preset. So, for example, if they select Max Power Saving Mode, but don’t want to sacrifice background network usage, they can choose to keep it enabled.”

THIS is DAMN awesome!

lilmoe
lilmoe

YES! I’ve been begging them for this for more than a year on all forums. I hope they also have the option to lower the screen resolution without lowering processing power; much like Game Tuner on steroids for the whole system.
I seriously hope this makes its way to the GS7 series as well. It has to.

gtone339
gtone339

Agree! Definitely a must for existing Galaxy S7 & S6 users!

Anyway, wonder if the new Max power saving mode replaces the existing Ultra-power saving mode?

Total Faith
Total Faith

And to the S6, please!

Khlad
Khlad

I was hoping samsung would include a feature like this when i bought my S6 Edge april last year. The battery is not that great on the S6 Edge and an option to turn the resulution to 1080P is very need when you only use your phone to browse internet, facebook, message and basic stuff.

necrocorpse
necrocorpse

This feature will be available on the S7 / S7 edge in the near future?

Martin R.
Martin R.

We asked, only they didn’t know or just did not want to tell.

Goushique
Goushique

Hahaha maybe we can get it with the Android Nougat upgrade?