Samsung to bring the Light performance mode to Galaxy S23 phones for better battery life
Samsung will increase the battery capacity of the Galaxy S23 and S23+, according to rumors. The vanilla phone will go up to 3,900mAh, the plus model to 4,700mAh (+200mAh in both cases). Only the S23 Ultra will stick to the capacity of its predecessor, 5,000 mAh. But Samsung has come up with another way to improve battery life – light mode.
This mode was introduced to Samsung’s foldable devices earlier this year and works as an alternative to standard mode. It prioritizes battery life and cool operation over absolute performance.
According to IceUniverse, the drop in performance will be moderate, while the reduction in power consumption will be significant. Note that this is separate from the usual power saving mode.
Light mode will not affect performance in games, as the performance profile for them will continue to be controlled from the separate Game Booster settings as it is right now.
The new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is showing promising results, so the performance boost from the new chipset may offset the slowdown caused by Light mode. That said, the 8 Gen 2 promises to be more power efficient than the 8 Gen 1, so battery life should be better (even before factoring in the larger batteries on the Galaxy S23 and S23+).
PS. the screenshot is clearly from a Galaxy Z Fold4, so we have no idea how light mode will actually work on a real S23.