I guess this is one way to get our collective minds off the whole exploding phone issue. As we look ahead to 2017 and the inevitable arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S8, it looks like the new flagship device is going to tout a feature you won’t find anywhere else: Beast Mode. But what does that even mean?

Unearthed by GalaxyClub.nl from the Netherlands, “Beast Mode” is part of a brand protection filing that Samsung has made in the European Union. It’s supposedly a part of the software for the smartphone and we are effectively left to draw our own conclusions.

The most obvious guess would lead us to believe that Beast Mode is the polar opposite of the battery saving modes we’ve seen on earlier Samsung devices. Instead of limiting your performance to extend your battery life, it ramps up the performance, likely at the cost of diminished battery life. This might make the Galaxy S8 even better for high end gaming, VR experiences, or resource-intensive apps like video editing.

Rumors surrounding the S8 continue to swirl, from the removal of the home button to the removal of the headphone jack. And jacking up the performance to new levels, possibly accompanied by a Snapdragon 835 and up to 8GB of RAM, is just another feature for us to consider as we anxiously await the phone’s arrival.

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