Despite larger battery, does the Galaxy S7 not last as long as last year’s GS6?
Read enough opinion pieces on Samsung’s introduction of the Galaxy S7, and you’re bound to pick up on more than a few voices talking about the phone’s role in correcting past mistakes: it brings back waterproofing, sees the return of microSD storage expansion, and while there’s no removable battery, at least Samsung delivered a much-needed capacity boost, right? And while it’s true that the flagship’s battery has grown from a 2550mAh component on the Galaxy S6 to a 3000mAh unit for this year’s model, does that 18-percent bump actually translate into increased battery life? Early reports are beginning to filter in, and unfortunately for the GS7, the answer may be “no.”
Battery life is a fiendishly difficult thing to test, as different users will push their phones to different limits, but at least one hands-on report suggests the Galaxy S7 lasts about 40 minutes less than the Galaxy S6 on a full charge. In this case, we’re talking about the Snapdragon 820-powered GS7 you’ll find here in the States.
But what about the Galaxy S7 edge, with its 3600mAh battery? Shockingly, only with so large a power supply do we start to see phone life start to get on par with last year’s Galaxy S6 – despite the huge difference in rated battery capacity. Granted, that’s driving a larger screen, with the increased power consumption that demands, but it’s still a sobering comparison.
Before you start flipping out about this news, we’re going to want to get some more data – including our own hands-on findings while putting the Galaxy S7 (and edge) through its review paces. Stay tuned to Pocketnow for our complete Galaxy S7 review in the days to come – including more info on what to expect from battery life.