Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are Samsung’s current flagship smartphones after the untimely discontinuation of Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Samsung has been particularly slow in giving OS updates, even for its flagship products. But this also has its own advantages. The users of Galaxy S7 Android 7.0 Nougat (beta) have realised that their screen downscales to 1080p full HD after the update.
Others who will be downloading the update later or will wait for the official update instead of the beta one know what to expect. It seems like this downgrade from QHD to FHD has been done quietly.
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Galaxy S7 Android 7.0 Nougat update
Do not panic, it is not like the screen is no longer QHD. It is still the same. However, once you upgrade to the beta version of Android N, the default screen resolution will be automatically switching to 1080p.
It sounds like a very drastic change, doesn’t it? But actually, it is not so. In reality, the shift from QHD to FHD on such a small screen size (5.1-inch in the case of S7 and 5.5-inch in the case of S7 Edge) is barely noticeable.
Furthermore, the smartphones nowadays come with UI scaling. This makes sure that the size does not pump up considerably if the display is of a higher resolution. Screen resolution and screen scaling are two different things and are totally independent of each other.
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You will not be able to notice the change between QHD and FHD with your bare eyes on any smartphone, let along S7 and S7 Edge. You can only notice the slight difference if the screen size is really large like around 100 inches. We wrote especially on higher resolutions on a smartphone. You can check it out over here.
Now you must be wondering, if it does not affect anything, then why would Samsung do it? Probably because a higher resolution means more number of pixels lighting up. That means more strain on battery and processor. That would mean that the power will be consumed more quickly. On paper at least.
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Android Central was the first to point out the downscale. In their observation, they did not notice any significant improvement in battery consumption. If battery and CPU allocation was not the root cause of this, then the same question arises again. WHY? Samsung is yet to confirm and explain this phenomenon. Till they do so, all we can do is sit and wonder why Samsung did so.
Like we said earlier, this does not mean that your QHD display is gone. It is very much there. However, during normal usage, it will not use it. If you run any app that needs the QHD display, the phone will automatically make the switch. This means that the Samsung Gear VR will still work and remains unaffected. That was all about Galaxy S7 Android 7.0 Nougat update. Stay tuned for more updates.