Samsung trademarks ‘Always On Display’ for the Galaxy S7

Rob Attrell

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 screenbattery 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.

  • Mark Loney

    Moto X

  • Crossed

    who cares what the screen says when its in my pocket?

    • Andrew_notPorC

      What about when it is sitting on your desk in front of you?

    • GPman

      I can see this being useful to me in some situations like your example but not always.

      I would want a quick on off toggle for this feature on the lock screen.

    • Crossed

      I’d have already checked the weather on my way into work. And my computer tells me the time just fine, too.

  • Victor Creed

    And this year they are launching a 2700mAh battery case with the S7. 1% per hour? Riiiiight

    • Croc Ography

      inner battery is supposedly 3600mAh, that is huge!

    • h2oflyer

      Don’t think you will see anything bigger than about 2800-2900 mah if the phone is as slim as shown.

      There is no magic about cubic displacement / mah in lithium ion or lipo batteries.

    • Croc Ography

      The number has already been released…

    • h2oflyer

      I based my 2800-2900 guess on estimated phone size from pics

  • Mitchell Leitman

    Sounds merely descriptive and, therefore, not a registrable trademark.

  • Sean-Paul

    Take my money S7 Edge!!!!

  • Omar

    This will go well with their other feature, “Always On a Charger”. Unless they give the phone an appropriately-sized battery, which knowing OEM’s in general, they probably won’t.

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      You should try having your batter saver on all the time. I found that a lot of applications like to be constantly be checking for notifications thus draining your battery. Having the batter saver on will force those background apps to a more conservative use of the battery. I do agree on the fact that the battery that shipped with the S6 should have been bigger to begin with.

    • Omar

      But won’t that mean you won’t get any notifications? And data/WiFi won’t be on when your screen is on?

      I do some battery saving measures like turning off data at home and WiFi when not home, keep brightness to a minimum, limiting (primarily Google) app syncing, the very basic stuff. Haven’t tampered with app permissions or anything like that (yet) but apparently that helps do what battery saver mode accomplishes, only more tediously.

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      Your wifi will still be on and notification refresh/fetch intervals will be reduced. And you can set your luminosity to auto, as for the data; you can set your network signal to GSM/HSPA (under settings/mobile networks) when not needing LTE speeds. The difference here is that LTE anthena is always searching for the best connection thus draining a bit more battery in the process. Having the battery saver on all the time will also mean that your CPU will throttle down when not in use instead of waiting for the threshold that on Samsung phones is at 50%

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