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PSA: Don’t forget to switch to WQHD+ display resolution on your Galaxy Note 9

It was with the Galaxy S8 that Samsung started using a lower screen resolution on its flagships by default. The Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, and the Galaxy S9 come with the resolution set to Full HD+ (2220×1080) out of the box, and you have to take a trip into the display settings to increase it back to WQHD+ (2960×1440) to get the full experience. While the not-so-big batteries on those phones were a good reason for using a lower screen resolution, it’s something the Galaxy Note 9 does not need thanks to the 4,000 mAh battery that powers it.

Don’t settle for anything but the best

Most of you probably know that the lower screen resolution doesn’t really result in any noticeable improvement in battery life. And, well, most folks are unlikely to be able to tell the difference between FHD+ and WQHD+. There is a difference if you look hard enough, but even it if wasn’t, we see no reason why the Galaxy Note 9’s 6.4-inch AMOLED screen shouldn’t be enjoyed at its maximum resolution. Again, the Note 9’s battery has the grunt to keep up, so if you are one of those who want the best experience from their phone, switching the display resolution to WQHD+ is one of the first things you should do once you fire up your Galaxy Note 9.

The screen resolution can be adjusted in the Display section of the phone’s settings.

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Belarrius
Belarrius

Well, on Galaxy Note 9, 6.4″ screen: HD+ is 257 PPI (0.0988mm dot pitch) FHD+ is 385 PPI (0.0658mm) WQHD+ is 514 PPI (0.0494mm) We consider the normal view unable to see the pixels from more than 250 PPI but, some people have a very good view or an extra macro view and can view a little more. We consider 300 PPI is “retina” for to be sure. In fact, HD+ you can “probably” see slightly some pixel with “)” character for exemple if you have a very good eyes. And FHD+ or WQHD+ you don’t see any difference unless… Read more »

Belarrius
Belarrius

Oh and for add one another information, the Pixel Density category is: LDPI (low density 50-120 PPI) MDPI (120-160), TVDPI (160-215) HiDPI (215-240) and the first Retina norm XHDPI (240-320) and the extra is XXHDPI and XXXHDPI for 320-480 ans 480-640 PPI etc…

XHDPI is “retina”

DingieM
DingieM

On my Note 5, I clearly noticed the difference when recording and comparing video’s in FHD and WQHD. When the latter was displayed in the maximum resolution, I found it noticeably sharper!
But for most recordings I choose FHD 60fps due to the TV is only FHD.
Once the 4K TV is in the house, I probably need to buy another phone with sufficient storage. Only 6GB non-expandable of free space is not enough for 4K vacation shoots…

stondec
stondec

I’ll keep mine at FHD+. No noticeable difference and better battery.

martindale
martindale

“There is a difference if you look hard enough, but even it if wasn’t, we see no reason why the Galaxy Note 9’s 6.4-inch AMOLED screen shouldn’t be enjoyed at its maximum resolution. ”

Uh, so even if it is physiologically impossible to notice any difference, you should still psycologically “enjoy” the specification difference?

utvic99
utvic99

It does make quite a difference from me, the difference in pixel size and battery drain is very noticeable in day-to-day usage.