Question Fhd+ vs WQHD+

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amirage

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  • Sep 1, 2010
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    Hi all, I have been thinking lately about moving to WQHD resolution instead of the FHD that I'm already on. Can someone please share the battery impact and the actual screen sharpness? I have always maintained that the smaller the screen the more difficult it is to discern the actual difference between FHD and WQHD. Surely, the difference is day and night on larger screen sizes i.e. 50 inches and above. Is it really the case on our screens too? I'm on adaptive refresh rate and plan to keep it as is.
     

    aj7400

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  • May 25, 2013
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    Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
    Hi all, I have been thinking lately about moving to WQHD resolution instead of the FHD that I'm already on. Can someone please share the battery impact and the actual screen sharpness? I have always maintained that the smaller the screen the more difficult it is to discern the actual difference between FHD and WQHD. Surely, the difference is day and night on larger screen sizes i.e. 50 inches and above. Is it really the case on our screens too? I'm on adaptive refresh rate and plan to keep it as is.
    Not much of a difference in battery , may be like 30 mins of less SOT.

    Gpu takes a bit of more load , and thus the overall graphics might be like 5-10% slow .

    Thats my opinion, might be different for others
     
    Hi all, I have been thinking lately about moving to WQHD resolution instead of the FHD that I'm already on. Can someone please share the battery impact and the actual screen sharpness? I have always maintained that the smaller the screen the more difficult it is to discern the actual difference between FHD and WQHD. Surely, the difference is day and night on larger screen sizes i.e. 50 inches and above. Is it really the case on our screens too? I'm on adaptive refresh rate and plan to keep it as is.
    Hi.

    I tried both WQHD+ and FHD+ with adaptive refresh rate on for a few days each - but I couldn't discern any significant differnce in battery life with day to day usage. I'm not saying there wasn't any... common sense dictates that there must be some, but I wansn't able to appreciate it.

    I was very hard pressed to tell the differnce between the two resolutions on my screen as well. When I went down to HD+, I could immediately detect the drop in quality. But between FHD and WQHD I couldn't tell initially. Over time, i leatnt to discern the differnce up close (really close) becasue I knew what to look for - but the difference was not very big. So I tested it out on my family members, and not a single person could tell the difference with confidence (none are tech nerds) - all they said is "Wow! nice screen, what do you want me to look for? Looks the same as before..."

    But this was all done in the first 2 weeks since I bought the phone, so usage was erratic and frenzied. I hadn't settled into a regular routine with the phone, it being all new and shiny - installing and uninstalling new apps, tinkering around etc - so i don't think I can honestly testify as to the battery life difference between FHD and WQHD.

    But I can definitely tell that my eyes found it very difficult to tell the difference in quality, even today. So I just kept it on FHD+ and forgot about it till I came across your post. Maybe it's time to try out the experiment again with a more settled down phone... as I sit here typing this on WQHD resolution, trying to imagine if the FHD+ looked any different 15 minutes ago.
     

    tfn

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    May 31, 2010
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    Hi all, I have been thinking lately about moving to WQHD resolution instead of the FHD that I'm already on. Can someone please share the battery impact and the actual screen sharpness? I have always maintained that the smaller the screen the more difficult it is to discern the actual difference between FHD and WQHD. Surely, the difference is day and night on larger screen sizes i.e. 50 inches and above. Is it really the case on our screens too? I'm on adaptive refresh rate and plan to keep it as is.
    I tried it and didn't see much difference so keeping it at wqhd and adaptive.

    Same with 4g and 5g in my area.

    Everything is on adaptive. 5g and wqhd.

    Go on and use it. That's why you paid for the phone, if you don't use the feature s what's the point?
     
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    nixnixnixnix4

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    70% of the time, on my phone: I'm just messaging/calling or using the browser to view text-based content with a few images here and there.

    30% of the time: HD Video, photos, camera, video-calls, etc.

    So, I do this:
    (1) Remove Animations (under Accessibility or just use Finder/search to locate it) -- because I don't need
    (2) Force Dark in Developer Options (goes away after a reboot, so just reactivate this).
    (3) Keep the phone in 720p60fps, full-temperature Comfort Shield, Power Saving mode, AOD off, Limit CPU to 70%, Decrease brightness by 10%, etc.
    (4) Use a Bixby Routine to go into and come out of this low-quality mode as desired.
    (5) I have all deviceidle and other power saving settings turned off.
     

    Burt Squirtz

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    70% of the time, on my phone: I'm just messaging/calling or using the browser to view text-based content with a few images here and there.

    30% of the time: HD Video, photos, camera, video-calls, etc.

    So, I do this:
    (1) Remove Animations (under Accessibility or just use Finder/search to locate it) -- because I don't need
    (2) Force Dark in Developer Options (goes away after a reboot, so just reactivate this).
    (3) Keep the phone in 720p60fps, full-temperature Comfort Shield, Power Saving mode, AOD off, Limit CPU to 70%, Decrease brightness by 10%, etc.
    (4) Use a Bixby Routine to go into and come out of this low-quality mode as desired.
    (5) I have all deviceidle and other power saving settings turned off.
    Now your phone will always stay dark on reboot. You're welcome.
     

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      Hi all, I have been thinking lately about moving to WQHD resolution instead of the FHD that I'm already on. Can someone please share the battery impact and the actual screen sharpness? I have always maintained that the smaller the screen the more difficult it is to discern the actual difference between FHD and WQHD. Surely, the difference is day and night on larger screen sizes i.e. 50 inches and above. Is it really the case on our screens too? I'm on adaptive refresh rate and plan to keep it as is.
      Not much of a difference in battery , may be like 30 mins of less SOT.

      Gpu takes a bit of more load , and thus the overall graphics might be like 5-10% slow .

      Thats my opinion, might be different for others
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      Hi all, I have been thinking lately about moving to WQHD resolution instead of the FHD that I'm already on. Can someone please share the battery impact and the actual screen sharpness? I have always maintained that the smaller the screen the more difficult it is to discern the actual difference between FHD and WQHD. Surely, the difference is day and night on larger screen sizes i.e. 50 inches and above. Is it really the case on our screens too? I'm on adaptive refresh rate and plan to keep it as is.
      Hi.

      I tried both WQHD+ and FHD+ with adaptive refresh rate on for a few days each - but I couldn't discern any significant differnce in battery life with day to day usage. I'm not saying there wasn't any... common sense dictates that there must be some, but I wansn't able to appreciate it.

      I was very hard pressed to tell the differnce between the two resolutions on my screen as well. When I went down to HD+, I could immediately detect the drop in quality. But between FHD and WQHD I couldn't tell initially. Over time, i leatnt to discern the differnce up close (really close) becasue I knew what to look for - but the difference was not very big. So I tested it out on my family members, and not a single person could tell the difference with confidence (none are tech nerds) - all they said is "Wow! nice screen, what do you want me to look for? Looks the same as before..."

      But this was all done in the first 2 weeks since I bought the phone, so usage was erratic and frenzied. I hadn't settled into a regular routine with the phone, it being all new and shiny - installing and uninstalling new apps, tinkering around etc - so i don't think I can honestly testify as to the battery life difference between FHD and WQHD.

      But I can definitely tell that my eyes found it very difficult to tell the difference in quality, even today. So I just kept it on FHD+ and forgot about it till I came across your post. Maybe it's time to try out the experiment again with a more settled down phone... as I sit here typing this on WQHD resolution, trying to imagine if the FHD+ looked any different 15 minutes ago.
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      Just use the best possible resolution. No point getting a phone like this and turn things off is how i look at it.
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      The difference is nearly imperceptible, wouldn't worry too much about both WQHD+ and adaptive refresh rate
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      Buying a phone at this price but not using the highest possible resolution is quite useless