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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016 edition) and Galaxy A5 (2016) ace our battery life test: score among the longest lasting phones ever

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016 edition) and Galaxy A5 (2016) ace our battery life test: score among the longest lasting phones ever

The Samsung Galaxy A series has just recently got a refresh for 2016 and we have two of the new Galaxy A trio doing the rounds in our extensive review process, but before the full reviews of the Galaxy A7 (2016) and Galaxy A5 (2016) are done, here are the just finished battery life test scores of the two.

Put simply, the Galaxy A7 (2016) and Galaxy A5 (2016) battery life test scores are impressive, the two phones are among the best we've ever tested in terms of battery life.

First, though, let's quickly remind you that both phones are very stylish with a premium feel to them, reminiscent of the Galaxy S6 in many ways: the Galaxy A7 (2016) is the larger of the two, with a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED screen and Snapdragon 615 chip (Exynos 7 Octa series chip in other markets), while the Galaxy A5 (2016) has a slightly smaller, 5.2-inch 1080p display and features the same chip configuration. Both have 13-megapixel cameras with wide, f1/.9 lenses.

Now, what about battery life? The Galaxy A7 (2016) has a 3,300mAh battery and the Galaxy A5 (2016) has a 2,900mAh battery, but it's interesting to see that Samsung seems to have optimized the phones to have nearly identical battery lives!

Both were running neck to neck in all of our tests and finished with a score of just a few minutes short of 10 hours. That's even better than the Galaxy Note 5 and iPhone 6s Plus, two of the longest lasting popular phones that got 9 hours and 11 minutes.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) and A5 (2016) battery life test

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
9h 57 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
9h 55 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s
8h 15 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S6
7h 14 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z5
7h 7 min (Good)
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
6h 29 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5X
6h 25 min (Average)
Google Nexus 6P
6h 24 min (Average)
HTC One A9
6h 3 min (Average)
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How do we arrive at that score? We test all our devices the same way: we run a custom script that emulates typical smartphone use and we carefully fine tune the display brightness to 200 nits on all phones to give them equal playing field (200 nits is a level that is considered comfortable for indoor use). It's important to know that our script runs non-stop, with the screen always on until the phone dies. In the real world, of course, your phone stays idle in your pocket and on your desk, so the phones will last much longer than the score result.

With such a score, you can rest assured that the Galaxy A7 (2016) and Galaxy A5 (2016) will last you through even the most intense of days without requiring you to go to the charger mid-day. Use them moderately, and you can get a day and a half, and even two with lighter use.

Both new Galaxy A (2016) phones come with Samsung's adaptive fast charging. The (quite bulky) wall charger is able to push 9.0V at 1.67A for a combined 15 watts of power in the beginning of the charging process, and then 5.0V at 2.0A for a combined 10 watts of power.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) and A5 (2016) recharge test (0% to 100%)

minutes
Lower is better
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
76
Samsung Galaxy S6
78
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
81
Google Nexus 6P
89
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
96
Google Nexus 5X
100
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
100
HTC One A9
110
Apple iPhone 6s
150
Sony Xperia Z5
156
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
165
View all

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posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:21 21

1. Clars123 (Posts: 730; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


Yes!!..now give your damn flagships this amazing battery life then you can rule 2016. Think about it guys these phones are running android 5.1.1 lollipop, imagine the battery life on 6.0!

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:35

3. Clars123 (Posts: 730; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


but it is quite odd that their results are so identical though...if anything the A7 should have slightly worse battery life.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 09:14

34. aBoss (Posts: 105; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)


Hopefully the S7 will have longer battery life than the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active(12h 9 min)

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 19:29 1

15. combatmedic870 (Posts: 631; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


This will be the first year of 2nd Gen finally optimized 64bit processors. I hope we see battery life like this with the S7. If it hits the 9 hour mark. It'll be a hit. I wonder what will get the better battery life. The quad core or the Octacore.
Something I find interesting is its going to be split like that. You would think the SD820 would also be an Octacore.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 23:34

23. torr310 (Posts: 839; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Motorola DROID MAXX 2 best them all easily.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 00:01 5

26. Clars123 (Posts: 730; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


The Galaxy S6 Active is laughing at you.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 01:09

27. neela_akaash (Posts: 1190; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


the Oukitel K10000 is laughing at all of you. atleast in the battery Department.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 18:46

36. Clars123 (Posts: 730; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


funny how you had to add "at least in the battery department"..phones like the GS6 Active should be available worldwide...high end specs and performance with minimal compromises..I cant imagine how great its battery life would be with Marshmallow

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:28 8

2. Ordinary (Posts: 2318; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


I bought A5 yesterday. Best decision ever.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:54 8

8. Unordinary (Posts: 1724; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Does it drive nice?

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 18:35 8

12. Ordinary (Posts: 2318; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


They both do.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 23:37 1

24. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1575; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Saw that phone on the mall, looks and feels really nice, like a small Note 5.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:40

4. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


According to rumors S7 3k mAh with 5.1' screen and S7 Edge 3.6k mAh with 5.5'. Probably I will almost insta buy Edge :D I am just waiting for reviews and competitors like G5, M10 and maybe Z6.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:45

5. eden555 (Posts: 29; Member since: 21 Jan 2016)


weres the a9 ?

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:53

6. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Impressive phones , i got my eyes on the A5 , can somebody tell me what cpu is inside that phone ? The new 652 or 650 or what ?

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:55 3

9. Clars123 (Posts: 730; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


the Exynos 7580...their exynos 7 family , 64-bit mid range processor

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 17:53 1

7. LetThereBeLight (Posts: 80; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


Motorola DROID MAXX 2 scores 11hr 33m the 4th highest in the complete list!
I use moto x play which is the same AFAIK. It did last 3 days on lollipop and now on MM it is only 2. I'm a light or medium user. I hope they can fix battery drain in MM asap!

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 18:51 7

13. UglyFrank (Posts: 1655; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


S6 active beats that

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 18:12 3

10. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


Well damn. Get em Sammy

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 18:13 1

11. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 553; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


Check out gsmarena and their Mate 8 review. This thing has narrowly better battery life than the Z3 Compact. Huawei isn't exactly known for good battery life with the Kiran SoCs, so this is insane. This year will be a great year for performance and battery life, like how it was in 2014. We have so many choices this year...as long as the 820 has good life (which I believe it will) the choices are very many!

Samsung, LG, Sony, Meizu, and even HTC (if they don't screw the M10 like they did with the A9) are all potentials for my next device!

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 19:26 6

14. zeppo (Posts: 85; Member since: 21 Jul 2015)


Wait until Galaxy A9. It will be the longest that Phonearena ever tested

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 19:40 4

16. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Great work Sammy! I am a Huge fan of A Series. Galaxy A9 will definitely set a record for battery life!

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 19:56

17. sswain (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Too bad it is FAKE dual SIM. The 2nd SIM slot is shared with microSD, means it's either SINGLE SIM + MICRO SD or DUAL SIM without EXTERNAL STORAGE

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 23:42

25. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 235; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Oh god for bid.

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 19:57

18. AREAXXX (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2016)


huawei mate 8 tops battery life performance in anandtech and tomshardware reviews. I don't understand why you didn't include mate 8

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 20:21

19. Derass (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Aug 2015)


Great! Does it have front-facing speakers? How much for the A7 and how can I get one in Canada? We only just recently got the 2015, it'll probably take another year before our carriers bring the 2016.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 06:20

32. 497362 (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Aug 2015)


What? U only just got 2015 in canada? Everything those muricans say is true ....

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 21:22 1

20. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


BUT ... it's Overpriced

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 22:42

21. derekmski (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Where can you buy these in the US?

posted on 27 Jan 2016, 23:03

22. BradyCrack (Posts: 680; Member since: 29 Dec 2015)


Whoa wait the iPhone 6s have a "excellent" battery?
Anyway good job Samsung! It's funny cause it'll probably going to be the only good battery for 2016.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 02:36

28. TheGranter (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


What a s**tty written article that is lying lol

This phone is beaing beaten by sony phones. and several others. Saying it's "longest lasting ever" is doing commercial for no other purpose then to make people buy the phone.

How increadibly lame phonearena.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 02:48 2

29. benno (Posts: 94; Member since: 17 Apr 2015)


You aren't the sharpest tool in the shed are you?

"Among the longest lasting phones ever."

Try reading it again. If that doesn't work ask a grown up to explain it to you.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 07:03

33. TheGranter (Posts: 51; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


you'r from united states arrent you?

very noticeable on your level.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 19:25

37. Clars123 (Posts: 730; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


what has that have to do with anything..you clearly lack reading comprehension......made an account just to make that post..THAT is incredibly lame

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 05:52

30. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 261; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


3-rd paragraph, last row: "ocat-core chip"

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 06:17

31. 497362 (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Aug 2015)


I see this article seconds after seeing the headline about LG mocking sammy about not having removable batteries.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 10:13

35. lallolu (Posts: 472; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


That chipset is really good on the battery. I have the s5 neo having the chipset and the battery life is really good.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:26

38. SkyfallWalker (Posts: 73; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


That's great. Samsung really knows how to make chipsets.

posted on 05 Apr 2016, 01:30

39. gordond (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Apr 2016)


I have A5 2016 since it came out. The battery was great. It last around 2 days with normal usage. However, after last update (the same Androd version, just added some improvements) it drains out after only one day! I can't believe Samsung made such a big mistake with this update.
Does anyone know if there is a solution to this or I'll have to wait for the next update?

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