Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Resolutions Are Set to Full HD+ by Default
Samsung's latest flagships - the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch dual-edge curved Super AMOLED displays, respectively. These phones have QHD+ displays that boast a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 opposed to 16:9 aspect ratio found on Galaxy S7 lineup.
In the latest reports, it has been confirmed that the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are set to default Full HD+ resolution (2220 x 1080 pixels). It means that these flagships' displays are set to FHD+ out-of-the-box. Of course, you can change the resolution to QHD+ by going into the display settings, but it is recommended to use FHD+ as it causes less strain on the processor and therefore increases the battery life.
However, the resolution automatically shifts to QHD+ when using your Galaxy S8 for the new Gear VR as it requires crisp visual output.
Not just the Galaxy S8 lineup, Samsung also applied the same display settings for the predecessor, Galaxy S7 series with the recent Nougat update. Many S7 users reported a reduction in the display quality after the Nougat update. The company introduced the manual switch for display resolution, which allowed users to change it according to the performance requirement. If you are not watching a high-res video or not playing games, then it is recommended to keep your phone on a lower resolution.
Notably, the new aspect ratio on recent flagships like the LG G6 or Samsung's Galaxy S8 series is known as Univision. This aspect ratio allows better display and viewing angles for taller and narrower devices.
We think that it is a welcome change as it lets users have more control over their device's display resolution. Users can select from various options for resolution, from taking it up to 2960 x 1440 pixels (QHD+) or lowering it down 1480 x 720 pixels (HD+). Users can decide the best-suited resolution according to their usage.
Of course, for the users who don't know about the manual setting process, this could alter the performance and experience as they won't see QHD+ visual crispness. We hope Samsung has mentioned the settings in the user manual that comes with the device packaging.
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