February 9, 2016 3:02pm
If you haven’t been paying attention in the last few weeks, we’ve learned quite a bit about the next flagship phone from Samsung, the Galaxy S7. There are all kinds of rumours floating around about the screen, battery life, dimensions. We’ve even seeing pictures and high-resolution renderings of the upcoming phone.
Today, we’ve learned that Samsung has trademarked the term “Always On Display”, which Evan Blass (@evleaks) used when describing the S7 screen last month in the first big leak of the new Galaxy line. AMOLED displays only require power to the pixels that are being lit, and so this screen will be able to display information like weather, calendar events, or notifications at all times, while only using an alleged one percent battery per hour.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen persistent notifications on an AMOLED screen, and the term “Always On Display” isn’t particularly new either, but perhaps the feature will involve something entirely different. The new Galaxy phones will be unveiled on February 21st at Mobile World Congress, so we’ll know for sure in a little over a week.