Now that you got your Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, let us show you which is the best display settings you can choose!
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra : Display Refresh Rate Options
The new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra offers two refresh rate options (Settings > Display > Motion smoothness) :
- Adaptive : Get smoother animation and scrolling by automatically adjusting your screen refresh rate between 1 Hz and 120 Hz
- Standard : Get longer battery life with a 60 Hz screen refresh rate
By default, the Galaxy S23 Ultra uses the Adaptive mode for smoother graphics, but you can choose to switch to the Standard mode for longer battery life.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra : Display Resolution Options
In addition, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has three display resolution options (Settings > Display > Screen resolution) :
- WQHD+ : 3088 x 1440 pixels
- FHD+ : 2316 x 1080 pixels
- HD+ : 1544 x 720 pixels
By default, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra uses the FHD+ resolution, but you can switch to the full WQHD+ resolution for sharper graphics, or drop down to HD+ for a longer battery life.
Read more : Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review : Tech ARP Editor’s Choice!
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra : Best Display Settings!
Those five display settings affect battery life. Even though the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra comes with a large 5,000 mAh battery, it won’t last forever. So which display resolution and refresh rate should you choose?
Many people and even some experts will recommend that you switch to the best possible settings – you paid for those features after all! But how much will they suck your new smartphone’s battery life?
To find out, I ran the PCMark Work 3.0 battery life test until its battery capacity dropped to 20% several times, and these were the best results I obtained:
|WQHD+||15 hours 9 minutes||12 hours 7 minutes|
|FHD+||15 hours 18 minutes||13 hours|
|HD+||16 hours 46 minutes||14 hours 34 minutes|
Best Display Resolution : WQHD+
Switching to the WQHD+ resolution will definitely give you the sharpest and best possible display on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Normally, this would suck up a significant amount of power, which is why Samsung set the Galaxy S23 Ultra to use the FHD+ option by default.
But as my tests show, using the maximum display resolution of WQHD+ barely dents its battery life!
At the Standard 60 Hz refresh rate, you lose just 9 minutes – which is a drop of just under 0.11% – practically imperceptible.
If you switch to the Dynamic Refresh Rate mode, you lose 53 minutes or 6.8% of battery life. That sounds like a lot, but you still have just over 12 hours of battery life.
So unless you must have the longest-possible battery life, I recommend you switch to the WQHD+ resolution.
The low resolution of HD+ definitely increases your battery life, but not as much as you might think. You gain about 1.5 hours longer battery life. Not worth putting up with soft-looking images and text IMHO.
Best Display Refresh Rate : Up To Your Preference
The change in refresh rate affects the Galaxy S23 Ultra’s battery life far more than changing its display resolution.
At the WQHD+ resolution, switching to Dynamic Refresh cuts your battery life by 3 hours, or about 20%.
At the FHD+ resolution, switching to Dynamic Refresh cuts your battery life by 2 hours 18 minutes, or about 15%.
At the HD+ resolution, switching to Dynamic Refresh cuts your battery life by 2 hours 12 minutes, or about 13%.
If you are fine with a 12 hour battery life, and most would be, you should definitely turn on Dynamic Refresh Rate.
But if you want a longer battery life (like if you’re on a trip), you can always turn on the Standard refresh rate for a 15%-20% boost in battery life to about 15 hours.
I highly recommend that you try both refresh rate options, and see if you can feel a noticeable difference. People who play mobile games will probably find it noticeable, while non-gamers might not appreciate the difference in refresh rate.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra : Prices + Pre-Order Offer!
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra comes in four main colours – Phantom Black, Green, Lavender, and Cream.
Sadly, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will be significantly more expensive than last year’s Galaxy S22 Ultra!
Here are the official launch prices for the three available storage capacities:
- 256 GB : RM5,699 (about US$1,336 / £1,083 / A$1,888 / S$1,755)
- 512 GB : RM6,199 (about US$1,453 / £1,179 / A$2,052 / S$1,910)
- 1 TB : RM7,199 (about US$1,688 / £1,369 / A$2,388 / S$2,218)
While the increased price may be disappointing, Samsung is offering some great pre-order offers:
- you get a free upgrade to the next storage option!
- if you buy from the Samsung Online Store, you get an RM400 e-Voucher
- you get 30% off Samsung accessories, Samsung Care+, Galaxy tablets, Watch, and Buds earphones!
- you get to save up to RM600 more when you trade in!
Here are online purchase options for your convenience:
- United States : $1,199 | $1379.99 | $1,495 | $1,495
- United Kingdom : £1,249 | £1,399 | £1,399 | £1,399
- Malaysia : RM5,699 | RM5,699 | RM5,699 | RM5,699
- Singapore : $1,599 | S$2,098 | S$2,098
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