When Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat OTA updates, something strange was happening to some units where the resolution would default to 1080p after the update.
Now that Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are almost here, it appears that the South Korean tech giant was warming up to a new feature with this Nougat update on the S7 series. We know that the two Galaxy S8 phones will ship with much bigger screens than the 2016 models. We are talking about 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch big screens and in order to ensure that the quality of display seen on the S7 and S7 Edge is not lost, Samsung is tweaking the resolution to WQHD+ or 2960 x 1440 pixels.
Given that the display screen is the leading consumer of battery power on all smartphones, having bigger screens on Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ means that battery consumption will be higher when compared to the S7 and S7 Edge. But this power consumption can also be reduced by similarly reducing the number of pixels the phone has to power. With a Full HD resolution on a 5.8-inch screen, the pixels will be fewer when compared to a QHD+ resolution on the same screen size.
If anything, this is just what Samsung is doing with the Galaxy S8 and S8+, especially since the two phones have significantly smaller batteries when compared to other devices that come in with similar screen sizes, at least according to rumors. Apparently, the S8 will ship with a 3000mAh battery (same as S7) while the S8+ will come in with a 3500mAh battery (smaller than S7 Edge). This is definitely going to be a concern for some and in order to take some control over the situation as far as battery consumption is concerned, Samsung seems to be ready to debut the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with Full HD as the default resolution.
We’ve seen leaked images where you can easily tweak the resolution between HD+, Full HD+, and QHD+, which should make life easier for users of the phones. This will give users the freedom to choose which resolution to use, with the HD+ end offering the best battery life compared to the QHD+ end, under the same conditions.