That the screen was going to be the absolute protagonist of the Galaxy S8 was a well-known fact thanks to the leaks in recent months. Samsung has opted to include larger screens in a design in which the frames are significantly reduced in order not to affect the overall size of the new Galaxy S8 and S8 +. But in addition to its size, the curves of its sides or its rounded corners, The screen of the new Samsung flagships stands out for its resolution.
In a similar move to that of LG with the LG G6, Samsung proposes a panel that grows in height but maintains the same width, standing at 2,960 x 1,440 pixels, what they call WQHD + resolution. However, yesterday we learned that this is not the standard resolution. Default, The Galaxy S8 are configured with FullHD + resolution.
Three available resolutions
During the last months, the technological news has been marked by the incessant rumors of the Galaxy S8 duo, but yesterday Samsung put a final point to officially present its new flagship smartphones for 2017. Surprises were conspicuous by their absence and, one after another, all the rumors ended up being confirmed religiously.
As we said, the screens were the protagonists. We talk about two panels 5.8 and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED respectively, with dual-edge curves in both cases and very rounded corners that mark that organic line of the design.
For resolution, Samsung chose to modify the QHD standard that they had been using until now (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) to make way for a longer format that goes up to 2,960 x 1,440 pixels. This is the maximum resolution that the Galaxy S8 and S8 + reach, whose pixel density remains at 570 points for the S8 and 529 points for the S8 +.
But the Galaxy S8 do not come standard with this resolution. As it appears in the fine print on the official spec sheet, by default, the terminals are configured with FullHD + resolution, which corresponds to 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, although they report that it can be modified in the settings menu.
And how is that menu? Thanks to our colleague María Gonzalez from Xataka who traveled to London for the presentation, we have been able to take a look at that configuration screen, which allows us to choose between three resolutions: HD +, FullHD + and WQHD +.
As the S8 screen is more elongated and offers a new aspect ratio (18.5: 9), Samsung adds that last name ‘plus’ to all the options. When we talk about HD + it is actually 1,480 x 720 pixels, 2,220 x 1,080 pixels for FullHD + and finally 2,960 x 1,440 pixels for WQHD +.
Although Samsung does not give details about why it allows us to change the resolution, the reason is clear: save battery life. In fact, the decision to keep 3,000 and 3,500 mAh batteries in two terminals with much larger screens has been one of the most controversial points since it could negatively affect autonomy.
Lowering the resolution reduces the impact on the battery. Now it remains to test the S8 more thoroughly to see if the autonomy data that Samsung has provided has been calculated with the screen configured in FullHD + or in its maximum resolution.
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