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.