Samsung’s Upcoming Galaxy S7 Takes Cues from Windows Phone Devices
With the release date of Samsung’s upcoming flagship duo, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, nearing by, we’re getting to hear new leaks and rumors almost every single day. In fact, the latest of those rumors comes from none other than but the South Korean giant itself.
Samsung has applied for trademarking the brand “Always on Display” at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), suggesting it could incorporate the feature into the upcoming flagship – and thus confirming what the prominent serial leaker Evan Blass (known as @evleaks on Twitter) leaked earlier last month.
However, Samsung isn’t the first one to think up of the Always on Display functionality; manufacturers like Nokia (Glance Screen) and Motorola (Ambient Display) have offered devices in past years that display constant information even when a phone is locked and idle.
Although the application filed by the Korean phone maker does not provide much information about the feature, we can expect a similar functionality to that found on earlier Windows Phone devices.
Super AMOLED displays have self-emitting pixels, which alow for consuming power only when needed. For example, while displaying vital information such as time, date, or notifications. Apparently, the Always on Display functionality uses just one percent of charge from the battery every hour, which is almost negligible for a device like Galaxy S7 expected to be eqipped with a larger 3,600mAh battery.
Still, there is no certainty that the new functionality can actually make it to the upcoming Galaxy S7 duo, considering the fact that the USPTO document does not refer to any specific device. So you are advised to take this report with a grain of salt – at least, for now.
Samsung is expected to release both Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge during its next Unpacked event on Feb. 21 in Barcelona.
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