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That can be switched on and off via the quick settings section, which in turn has been redesigned. It features simplified and, in my opinion, more stylish icons and the ability to not only change their order, but change the number of them displayed on the grid. The whole settings menu structure has also been re-ordered, so it may take a touch longer to find some formerly familiar things, but the groupings do seem more logical than previously, so it’s a change that’s worth it. Sammy’s previous superfluous ‘Quick Settings’ section at the top of the settings screen additional quick settings has now gone.

The other change in the display wasn’t at all visible to my eyes, at least so far. The Samsung Galaxy S7’s display resolution is 1440 by 2560 pixels. The phone now gives a choice of three: 720 by 1280, 1080 by 1920 (ie. full HD) and 1440 by 2560. Full HD is the default.

And here’s the same detail at the two resolutions. Which is which?*

Why? The physical resolution of the panel remains the same. Apparently it saves power. I’ll be leaving it at that for the time being to see how it looks. So far it’s fine. But I do find the power saving claim odd. Yes, graphics processing will likely need less power because it’s manipulating 2.07 million pixels instead of 3.69 million pixels. But it also means that those 2.07 million pixels now have to be processed an additional time to scale them up to 3.69 pixels for display.

On second thought, I’ll be switching that back to 1440 by 2560.


* Yes, you guessed it: left is 1440 by 2560, right is FHD.