That the screen would be the absolute protagonist of the S8 Galaxy was a fact well known thanks to the leaks of the past months. Samsung has opted to include larger screens in a design in which frames are reduced significantly for so not to damage the total size of the new Galaxy S8 and S8 +. But in addition to its size, its sides or corners rounded curves, the display of the new flagship of Samsung stands out for its resolution.
In a move similar to the LG with the G6 LG, Samsung proposed a panel that grows in height but maintains the same width, at 2960 x 1,440 pixels, what they call WQHD + resolution. However, yesterday we learned that this is not the resolution bringing serial. By default, the Galaxy S8 are configured with FullHD + resolution.
Three available resolutions
In recent months, the current technology has been marked by the incessant rumors of the duo Galaxy S8, but yesterday Samsung put a final point to submit officially their new smartphones star 2017. The surprises are conspicuous by their absence and, one after the other, all the rumors ended up confirming religiously.
As we said before, the screens were the protagonists. We are talking about two panels 5.8 and 6.2 inches Super AMOLED respectively, with curved dual-edge in both cases and some very rounded corners that make this organic line of design.
The small print on the Samsung website
For resolution, Samsung opted to modify standard QHD had been using up to now (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) to step to a more elongated format that goes up to 1,440 x 2960 pixels. This is the maximum resolution that reach the Galaxy S8 and S8 +, whose density of pixels stays at 570 points for the S8 and 529 points to the S8 +.
But the Galaxy S8 don’t come standard with this resolution. As it appears in the small print in the specification sheet official, by default, the terminals are configured with FullHD + resolution, which corresponds to 2,220 x 1.080 pixels, although reporting that you can change in the settings menu.
And how is that menu? Thanks to our colleague Maria Gonzalez of Engadget who travelled to London to the presentation, we have been able to take a look at this 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 format (18, 5:9), Samsung adds that surname ‘plus’ to all options. When we speak of HD + actually is 1,480 x 720 pixels, 2,220 x 1080 pixel FullHD + and finally 2960 x 1,440 pixels for WQHD +.
Though Samsung does not give details about why they allows us to change the resolution, the reason is clear: save battery power. In fact, the decision to keep 3,000 and 3,500 mAh battery in two terminals with much larger screens has been one of the most controversial points since it could adversely affect the autonomy.
Lowering the resolution reduces the impact on the battery. Now test more thoroughly the S8 to check if the data of autonomy provided by Samsung have been calculated with screen set in FullHD + or its maximum resolution.