The official unveiling of both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at yesterday’s MWC Barcelona event brought forth some amazing new features, but probably none more impressive than the Always On Feature. Always On has been leaked for quite some time, and it’s been confirmed to be making its way to Samsung’s upcoming flagships for 2016.
The new Always On feature gives users the ability to see up to date information on the display such as date, time, and notifications without having to wake up the phone itself. The best part is there will be minimal drain on the battery due to the low amount of pixels needed to power the display. The ambient light will only call for what’s needed which will be, Always On.
The notification menu for the Samsung Galaxy S7 Always On can be customized with a whole slew of display options, and the sidebar of the S7 Edge can also be customized. This is expected to be a huge convenience factor considering how many times per day we power on our handset just to see the time. The small black and white display won’t require many pixels at all which makes it an extremely efficient feature.
Samsung isn’t exactly the first smartphone manufacturer to bring in the new feature as the Nexus 6P and Moto X already feature it as well as the newly announced LG G5. The G5 is another handset that was announced at this year’s MWC event in Barcelona and is expected to be the direct competitor to the Galaxy S7 with both launching internationally in March.
Always On isn’t the only new feature being packed into both the GS7 and GS7 Edge as it’s been confirmed an IP68 rating will also be seen. The upgraded rating means the handset can be submerged in up to 1.5 meters of water for a period of 30 minutes and is also dustproof.
One disappointment to Samsung’s integration of Always On is that those rocking any previous handsets won’t be included. There were rumors a future update would make its way to the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, and Galaxy Note 5, but it’s been made official it won’t.