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Samsung Galaxy S7 capable of 17 hours of video playback at full brightness?

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Samsung Galaxy S7 capable of 17 hours of video playback at full brightness?
The Samsung Galaxy S7 rumor mill has been spinning at full speed these last couple of weeks, and with a supposedly imminent announcement due at MWC 2016, the device is being fleshed out more and more by insiders. Previously, a claimed full (relatively speaking) specs sheet indicated a significant jump in battery capacity for the Galaxy S7 compared to its predecessor—3000mAh versus 2,550mAh. And now, a historically informed party, Eldar Murtazin, puts more weight behind that report by claiming that the S7 is, indeed, quite resilient.

Just how Mr. Murtazin got his hands on such intel is unclear (so don't jump to conclusions just yet), but he's claiming that the next Samsung flagship is capable of over 17 hours of continuous video playback, and at full brightness. Since "full brightness" is a vague term throughout the industry, we won't comment, but the 17 hours part we can offer some insight into. 

Samsung Galaxy S7 capable of 17 hours of video playback at full brightness?

Now, first off, a short disclaimer: this is more than likely 17 hours of video playback using whatever methodology Samsung uses when rating their phones. For example, the Galaxy S6 is rated at 13 hours of video playback, while the Galaxy Note 5 is rated at 15 hours. With these in mind, a rating of over 17 hours isn't at all an absurd claim, and even quite likely if the battery capacity has, indeed, seen an increase. Other factors, such as more efficient Super AMOLED screen tech and Exynos 8000-series processor, along with better RAM and further optimized TouchWiz under Android 6.0 Marshmallow, could have also contributed.

Believable as this may sound, we have to again point out that this information is unconfirmed, so act accordingly. If Samsung really is planning on a February unveiling at MWC 2016, it won't be long until we know for sure anyway.

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posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:10 4

1. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2326; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Hohoho, wonder how that translates to web browsing and regular use SOT.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:10 3

11. Leandronb (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 Jun 2014)


I know right? I'm lucky if i achieve 5 hours SOT with my htc m8, but is rated as 9h video playback.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 21:03 1

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


I want 24 hours ON SCREEN TIME

I just want to charge my phone once a week

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 08:19 2

34. j2001m (Posts: 2836; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


If you think about it the s7 will have the same size battery as the note 5 with a way smaller newer 5.1" screen and a way better CPU on battery and all there other better battery parts, I can see it being that close and 100% better then the note 5 if it's got a 3000 battery

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:51 2

21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2154; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Probably well. The 2016 A-series do exceptionally well in web browsing.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 19:32

39. BaffledTruffle (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


If the A-series do exceptionally well, then the S7 would probably a lot better with it's top-of-the-line CPU, and probably better optimization if Sammy is updating TW.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:12

2. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


interesting...

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:19 7

3. dimas (Posts: 1970; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


2500mah batteries should be obsolete on expensive flagship phones. People deserve to get the most features out of their money.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:48

36. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


That's why the gods of tech created Android.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:09

40. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Non-replaceable batteries should be obsolete so one can throw a fresh one in immediately when needed, but the Samsung retards went the other way.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:26 25

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


DUH...depends on what movie youre watching...if it's ''Underworld'' where the scenes are predominantly dark, you might get that figure, but I still doubt it...10 + hours is a good number though

Video playback longevity will depend on the video due to the nature of OLED screens

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:32 12

6. Kumar123 (limited) (Posts: 559; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


+1 for the sensible comment.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:19 2

15. santoss2013 (Posts: 62; Member since: 16 Jan 2015)


...also consumption CPU / GPU matter if the video is 720p or 2160p, 24fps or 60fps and also speaker volume ....

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:53

22. rishav20193 (Posts: 196; Member since: 18 Jul 2015)


amoled screens actually !!
sammy uses amoled & i think s7 will have the same

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:10

41. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


AMOLED is OLED. AMOLED = Active Matrix OLED (Organic LED)

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 07:14

28. ibend (Posts: 3820; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


or gravity (2013), never seen any movie blacker than that one, lol

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 20:33

32. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


dont forget samsung is king of displays what if it takes 50% less power meaning they are using f.o.l.e.d.p tech under the glass that would give it the 17 hour playback, and high density graphite batterys or lithium oxide battery.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:12

42. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Don't expect any graphite or lithium oxide batteries in S7. There's 0% chance of that. They just decreased the size of other components to fit a larger battery in and as usual decreased consumption.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:31 9

5. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


AMOLED screens are usually good with video. They use PWM which is pretty great for these kind of scenarios. Also in a video the APL is quite low unlike predominantly white apps. On the other hand, LCDs rely on panel self refresh, which fails colossally while displaying videos. Note 4 could do 17 hours of video at around 250 nits, so this isn't much surprising.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:40

8. vuyonc (Posts: 992; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Who said that Panel Self Refresh is LCD-only tech? I assumed Samsung had been using it for a while in their flagships when their Web browsing stats improved .

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:09 1

10. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


How can panel self refresh be used on a PWM controlled device. The frequency is 240 Hz already and so it consumes enough energy to refresh at that rate already.

I would love to be proven wrong. But i don't see any reason for anyone to use that on an OLED which refreshes anyway.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:25

23. vuyonc (Posts: 992; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Um, Panel Self Refresh (in LG's implementation at least with the G2) controls the SoC. The GPU merely downclocks on static images. I think you're thinking PSR in laptops (haven't looked into it).

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:39

24. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I think it stops the panel from refreshing the panel when displaying static images, hence helping in scenarios like browsing. AMOLED refreshes anyway, so there's no need for that. However, SoC downclock may help.

I'll look into it.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:14

43. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


The tech could very well work with OLED as well as it has no need for 240Hz refresh. Would be a good idea actually to use self refresh instead of PVM.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:32 1

18. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Note 4 could do 17 hours of video? my note 4 was never able to go beyond 6-7 hours with wifi off... SOT was just 4-5 hours... I never trust on websites,because they says note 4 is great in battery and my experience was not the same... note 5 is also in a same league, it doesnt give more than 6 hours SOT but everyone says it has a great battery life... Sometime I think, everyone is a lier on these websites

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:46 5

19. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


SoT isn't the same as video. Try this:

Turn mobile data and wifi off. Turn flight mode on and charge the phone to 100%. Now play a movie at half brightness (around 250 nits). After about 2 hours of movie, your phone will still have about 90% juice left.

This is how you test video playback. 17 hours of video isn't the same as 17 hours SoT. As in real life, mobile network and cellular data along with background processes eat up a lot of battery.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:51 1

37. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Hmmm. But if you watched a video for 17 hours straight without stopping, wouldn't the screen also be on for 17 hours? And wouldn't playing a video be using far more power than just turning a display on at 50% and just letting the phone sit and do its normal routines?

I think you might need to rethink what you said.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 10:02

38. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Obviously playing video would consume more power than phone idling. An idle phone with screen on will easily last over 20 hours on screen.

However, that doesn't mean that phone will give 17 hours SoT. Normal routines like even cell signal and android auto-sync consume a lot of battery. Those things get turned off in flight mode.

Watch a video on your note 5. You'll know what I'm saying. During the 2 hours, your battery will barely drain 10-15%. Compare that to normal SoT you get.

I have got over 12 hour screen-on time over a single charge by watching movies. It's hard to get half that with normal usage.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 07:55

48. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


But what you consider "normal" usage isn't equal for everybody. Yes using the radios will use more battery, but not everyone uses them.

When I am in the office in turn off mobile data, I rarely get calls roughly 5 per day on average for call that may last 10-15 minstrel at the most. I get 1.5 days on average from a fill charge. I get roughly 12 hours of screen time over 2 days.

A fast dying battery means your phone has something install killing it. Not you specifically, but users in general.

There really is no such thing as a general normal usage. Maybe with the old flip phones, everyone was forced to a normal usage, but not with smartphones.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 19:03

50. dazed1 (Posts: 326; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


PWM is never good, let alone great.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 03:36 1

7. vuyonc (Posts: 992; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Even if that brightness was just 500 nits, that's quite impressive.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:19 4

14. pooma (Posts: 58; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


do not get too excited..rumor gonna remain rumor

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:06 1

9. ananthu07 (Posts: 91; Member since: 25 Oct 2015)


I don't get why these companies release such absurd numbers. No phone I have ever used went above 6 hours of screen on time. How can you play a video for 17hours if you cannot keep the screen on for that long?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:13 5

12. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


You can actually. I have watched 12 hours of movies on my S6 before it shut down(I'm sure you can relate to a long boring travel). AMOLED screens sip very little power while video watching. On the other hand, i barely get over 5.5 hours of screen on time on my phone with normal use.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:16

44. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


That's bull. I have an extended battery on my Note 4 and turn on flight mode and never get more than 4-5 hours.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:40

47. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Do you play video on it. If yes, then your battery is faulty.

I can easily get over 12 hours screen on on my s6 with video files. My s4 could do around 10

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:17 1

13. pooma (Posts: 58; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


rumor gonna remain rumor

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:27

16. duartix (Posts: 287; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


17/(3000/2550*13) = 1,11
This means that on average, the newest chip + new screen are 11% more efficient than the the ones on the S6.
Can't see why not.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:30

17. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I don't think s6 can get 13 hours on max brightness. More like 10. But that depends on video, actual max brightness and the resolution and format (10-bit videos are harder to decode) of videos.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:46 1

20. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


S6 (as per gsmarena) has 12+ hrs of video playback. GSMArena does tests at 50% brightness, which is pretty bright for S6. 17 hrs should be decent improvement.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:45 1

31. Clars123 (Posts: 615; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


GSM Arena's battery life test is flawled in my opinion since all phones have different brightness levels at 50%

They should do their test at one level so battery results are truly competitive

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 05:41 1

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


If that's true, then it's truly incredible.

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:16

45. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


It's not. You're not getting 17 hous of SoT.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 06:15

26. .KRATOS. (Posts: 310; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Well we have to wait n see

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 06:40 1

27. Dodong (Posts: 30; Member since: 30 Jul 2015)


I wouldn't if it lasted long than this claim, because I get almost 6 hours of screen on time on my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 every day after 15 hours of used. Not to mention that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 have a bigger screen. Thank you samsung for putting a bigger battery on the S series.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:08

29. sevenben (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Jan 2016)


Wow... samsung always amuses me .... i also very except this time....
In 2006... nokia slide smartphone made me smile
In 2009... iphone was liked jewel to me. I never missed a gap from 3G to 4S
After 2011... i first saw GS3 in 2012..compare with my iphone experiened, it was like wow,bigger n very useful than iphone, completely freedom.
Then Note 2 with S pen... unlike nokia stylus phone, it has tons of built in spen features and of cos monster size display.
Now happy with note 4 and wait s7 edge

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:15

30. sevenben (Posts: 22; Member since: 26 Jan 2016)


Wow... samsung always amuses me .... i also very except this time....
In 2006... nokia slide smartphone made me smile
In 2008... iphone was liked jewel to me. Unlike nokia,the iphone touch sensor was very smooth and fast every click with my finger.
I will never forget that feeling.
I never missed a gap from 3G to 4S
After 2011... i first saw GS3 in 2012..compare with my iphone experiened, it was like wow,bigger n very useful than iphone, completely freedom.
Then Note 2 with S pen... unlike nokia stylus phone, it has tons of built in spen features and of cos monster size display. Spen super precise.
Now i am a big fan of Sammy Note series.

Now EDGE time ... It complely Edge Modernism.
Can't wait to see...

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 03:18

46. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Too bad they destroyed the Note series by removing removable battery, SD AND IR-port. The Note 4 is probably the last good Note and I've had them since the Note 1.

posted on 30 Jan 2016, 09:47 2

35. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8890; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


So when it comes to "full brightness" PA, its a vague term across the industry? Really?

So whatever your device highest brightness setting, yes does mean some screens will be brighter than another, but either way its still cranked to the max.

Again PA, every-time Samsung or some Android manufacturer says something that could potentially be great, you find some audacious way to make it sound bad.

Full pedal to the metal must also have a vague meaning to all car manufacturers too...right?

You're just salty because your precious iPhone will take at least 3 years to accomplish the same thing.

Can you imagine? 17 hours of full at least HD playback on full brightness. So that means maybe a full 24hours+ on 50% brightness? Can't wait for the testing.

posted on 04 Feb 2016, 03:25

49. lp_522 (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 May 2011)


Here I am, finally able to upgrade. I hate phablets but I wanted either the Note 5 or iPhone 6S Plus for its hefty battery life. But now I read this. C'mon!! I wanna upgrade already but I can't cause I might be a fool for doing so, now that there is a rumored monster battery for the S7 to be revealed in about 2 weeks. First world problems!!!

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