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Samsung's Light mode for foldables could save battery life of Galaxy S23 phones

If you favor battery life over performance, the Galaxy S23 series might have a cool feature for you.
November 3, 2022
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  • There could be a nifty Samsung Galaxy S23 battery-saver feature.
  • The “Light” mode we’ve seen on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 could make its way to the 2023 non-foldable flagships.
  • It is unclear if Light mode will make it to other Samsung phones.

On Samsung’s latest crop of foldables – the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 – you can toggle on a “Light” mode within Android settings. Essentially, this feature tones down the performance of the phone’s chipset in order to optimize battery life and thermals.

According to a rumor stemming from sometimes-accurate leaker Ice Universe, this could pave the way for a similar Samsung Galaxy S23 battery-saver mode. Confusingly, Ice Universe shared a screenshot from a Galaxy Z Fold 4 and didn’t mention that in the tweet. However, the implication is that this feature from Samsung’s foldables could make it to the Galaxy S23 series.

When you consider the hot water Samsung found itself in with the throttling issues present on the Galaxy S22 series, this rumor makes perfect sense. While the expected Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor that would appear in most Galaxy S22 devices should be more power-efficient than this year’s silicon, it will still tear through the battery when running at a high performance. Users having the ability to tone that down if they care more about battery life than speed is a welcome feature.

Unfortunately, Ice Universe doesn’t mention if Light mode would come to other Samsung phones. Considering this feature already exists on two Samsung models, though, it isn’t hard to believe it would come to other phones in the line.

We’ll need to wait and see if this rumor pans out. Leaks suggest the Galaxy S23 series could come early this cycle, so we probably don’t have much longer to wait.