Samsung Galaxy S5's Road Trip With Ultra Power Saving Mode; Managed 3504 Miles Without Recharge

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | July 22, 2014 9:56 AM EST

The 2014 flagship Samsung Galaxy S5 had its fair share of speculations, and rumours until its release in April. Even though there are quite a lot of new features introduced in Galaxy S5, one of the main features stood out. The feature in focus is Galaxy S5's "Ultra Power Saving Mode." As the name implies, this feature has the capability to save battery power when in dire need.

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Samsung flags are set up at the main entrance to the Berlin fair ground before the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin in this August 28, 2012 file photo. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is emerging as a major player in its local debt market, buying more South Korean-issued bonds as it juggles a $60 billion cash pile. Samsung's push into private bank debt and government bonds underscores the challenges faced by the electronics giant in managing its massive cash holdings, with local banks reluctant to overload on short-term deposits from Samsung.

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It is worth mentioning that Samsung launched an advertisement recently for the Galaxy S5 highlighting the power of the Ultra Power Saving Mode. With this mode turned on, the Galaxy S5 switches the display to black and white from the regular colour mode. This is done by utilizing the simplified grey-scale theme, according to Phone Arena.

In addition to reducing the colour of the handset, the power saving mode also puts restrictions on the number of apps being used. Surprisingly, a meagre 10% battery life could provide up to 24 hours of standby time with the Galaxy S5.

Also, the Galaxy S5 houses a superior 2800-mAh battery unit, while the predecessor Galaxy S4 houses 2600-mAh battery unit. In order to prove the power of the battery unit, Samsung geared for a cross country road trip with its flagship smartphone. All throughout the road trip, the Ultra Power Saving Mode was switched on. However, the mode was turned off sporadically so as to utilize several apps.

The road trip started from New York City with 100% battery charge. Apparently, the Galaxy S5 was clinging on to 80% when they reached Nashville covering approximately 883 miles. The driving distance is 13 hours. On the third day of the trip the handset reached Seminole, Oklahoma with 73% of battery charge still left. The crew reached Amarillo, Texas on the fourth day of the trip with 51% battery life. 

When the Galaxy S5 reached Las Vegas the handset was showing 17% of charge. By the time it reached Venice, the charge dropped to 7%. Basing the data from this experimentation, Samsung claims that the Galaxy S5 travelled a total of 3504 miles within a span of 7 days without a single recharge.

Nevertheless, readers should note that the phone usage was kept to a minimum. In addition, the phone was on Ultra Power Saving Mode on almost all the time during the travel. Even though the phone was not fully utilized, a 4 minutes video and 100+ photos were taken, in addition to sending 86 text messages from the Galaxy S5. 

Also it is worth noting that, based on Sony-Xperia-Z2s-throne_id58162" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phone Arena's custom battery life test Samsung Galaxy S5 holds 7 hours and 38 minutes of battery life with full usage. However, the Galaxy S5 was beaten by Sony Xperia Z2 and the underdog OnePlus One in the same test. Both Sony and OnePlus devices hold 8 hours & 10 minutes and 8 hours & 5 minutes of battery life respectively.

Check out the interesting road trip video posted by Samsung Mobile USA:

What do you think of this road trip? Feel free to leave a comment.

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Samsung flags are set up at the main entrance to the Berlin fair ground before the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin in this August 28, 2012 file photo. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is emerging as a major player in its local debt market, buying more South Korean-issued bonds as it juggles a $60 billion cash pile. Samsung's push into private bank debt and government bonds underscores the challenges faced by the electronics giant in managing its massive cash holdings, with local banks reluctant to overload on short-term deposits from Samsung.
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