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Samsung Galaxy S7 could have ‘Always On’ display

A new trademark application suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S7 could have an always-on display.

With the Samsung Galaxy S7 reveal less than two weeks away, the related reports, leaks, and rumours are increasing in frequency. It’s inevitable as a new device enters its final stages of testing and certification.

This latest one is more intriguing than most. Dutch blog Galaxy Club (via SlashGear) has posted news of a recent US trademark registration application from Samsung for the term ‘Always On Display.’

It seems to suggest that the company’s forthcoming family of flagship phones – likely the Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge+, and Samsung Galaxy Note 6 – could make extended of their AMOLED screen technology.

We’ve seen plenty of devices that claim to have always-on displays, but this seems to be limited to smartwatches (like the Pebble Time) and e-book readers.

When it comes to smartphones, all we’ve seen are AMOLED screen-sporting devices from the likes of Motorola and Nokia that can provide heads-up information on their displays without switching on the full screen. Such displays aren’t ‘always on,’ though, and typically requires some kind of input from the user.

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Could Samsung be looking to provide such heads-up information in a permanent low-power screen state on the Samsung Galaxy S7?

If rumours and recently leaked photos of the Galaxy S7 are anything to go by, then there could well be a meaty battery onboard to allow for such a feature.

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