Galaxy S6 edge+ battery life benchmark results show better performance than the Note5

Just as our Note5 was permitted to kick back and relax after getting through our strenuous battery life benchmark, the Galaxy S6 edge+ finished with its own tryout, fetching an even more impressive result.

Indeed, despite boasting essentially identical hardware and battery capacity (3,000 mAh, to be specific), the Galaxy S6 edge+ actually managed to outdo the already excellent score the Galaxy Note5 achieved, though not by too much — 9 hours and 29 minutes versus 9 hours and 11 minutes. While this may seem like a negligible difference, and though we agree it isn't that big of a deal, it has to be pointed out that this is not within the scope of the typical margin of error we've historically observed. In other words, one can expect a slightly better battery life out of the Galaxy S6 edge+.

The 5.7-inch phablet extravaganza is also just as quick as the Note5 when it comes to recharging times, and that means it's top notch — just 80 minutes needed to go from zero to full when using the included charger with the box. That's a minute shorter than the Note5, though here we're likely talking about statistical variance more than anything else. Again, it would appear that the only challenger Samsung has in terms of quick charging at this point is, surprisingly, Asus with its ZenFone 2, which needed just 58 minutes when we tested it a while ago.

Here's how the Galaxy S6 edge+ compares with what the competition has to offer:

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 Note 5
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
8h 43 min (Excellent)
6h 6 min (Average)
HTC One M9
6h 25 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z3+
7h 15 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Motorola DROID Turbo
10h 42 min (Excellent)
Google Nexus 6
7h 53 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6h 32 min (Average)
Asus ZenFone 2
7h 34 min (Good)

minutes Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
HTC One M9
Sony Xperia Z3+
Sony Xperia Z3
Motorola DROID Turbo
Google Nexus 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Asus ZenFone 2

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Galaxy S6 edge+
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I am glad my wife and I will have the edge+ and note 5.:)

30. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

At the second chart, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ doesn't appear by default (at this moment). You have to find it in the drop down menu that shows only two devices at a time, since is overlapped by the photos.

31. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

If those phones had removable batteries they could be charged to 100% in litteraly 10 seconds, on the fly, by removing the empty one and replacing with a charged one. No waits and ready to go, no wall hugs

32. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Now you have to wait for a full charge at least 1h20' (by cable, with a new battery, not a -let's say- 9 months old that isn't efficient any more like a new one) and 2 - 2h30' wirelessly (with the new charger, not the one made for the S6 / S6 edge (sorry for the thread)

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Charge time from 0% to 100% on the new wireless charger is 120mins. The wall charger gives 90mins tops. Why do you need to hug a wall? What you are saying makes no sense. I don't care what brand of phone you own, if your phone doesn't last a full work day on a single charge, you simply need to put the phone down and actually go socialize verbally with people. I personally don't get lots of calls to my phone. In fact I probably get less to my phone in a month, than some get in a day. I average less than 3 calls per day. But I literally get lots of texts. My rule when I am in the office, call my desk phone not my cell phone. My desk is forwarded if I can't answer. But I have someone who handles most of my calls. When returning calls I don't use my cell if possible. Other than mom, I rarely get calls from family. They don't call unless they want something and I have fairly large family counting relatives. So I can speak from a usage based on calls which I know draisn the battery. But I web browse, I play games, I read emails and more and my phone last from 745AM to 1030AM on a single charge with the S6 Edge. With the Note, I use to charge every other day, but going back to charging everyday with the S has been an adjustment, so I cant wait to get a Note again. But with features like Ultra Power Saving Mode, Quick Charge 2.0 where you get 25% charge in just 10 mins which is enough for up to 4 hours usage, you simply don't need removable batteries. Here is a fact and I will say it first. By this time 2017, all flagship phones will no longer have removable batteries. Are you going to continue to cray like a baby over them, or are you gonna suck it up and keep buying flagships or you going to drop down to the mid-range and pay less money? Because fact is, that is going to be your only choice. I would say by 2020, nearly every phone unless it costs less than $200 retail, will all sport a unibody design. What are you going to do then?????

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Congrats. Last year, me and the wife both had the Note 4. But I actually didn't like it as much as my Note 3. But I kept it until the mesmerizing S6 Edge came, so I sold my Note and got the Edge. If the Edge Plus had a pen, I would have jumped on it. But I pre-ordered the Note 5 for me and the wife. She will be surprised! I will probably wished I had waited because I would love to have the Silver/Titanium model vs black and I couldn't get white in 64GB. It does really suck that they didn't just make them 64/128 vs 32/64. Enjoy your phones matey!!!

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

im sure the trolls are ready to search the world wide web and youtube, to find someone saying the note 5 and the S6 edge+ has bad battery life, and use that as proof.

5. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I really do respect all authors in PA, but if you want a realistic and very accurate review, go to GSMArena. They have very special and advanced labs to complete all tests' aspects before publishing their reviews

9. kabiluddin

Posts: 275; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

GSMArena reviews are *rap, their battery life test procedure are idiotic. I would rather believe phonearena battery life test than GSMArena.

26. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Using a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage i think far more idiotic, because how on earth PA can cover all of the various use scenarios just by using a custom web-script? Gsmarena battery test on the hand is not perfect but by perfoming a three basic test + Endurance test make Gsmarena method are much more clear & comprehensive, it also far more easier for a comparison.

13. BORIS070

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

This is paid by Samsung as pay this site, as well as others, to show false tests, to show how irreplaceable battery of smaller capacity advantage over other phones, the Samsung only cares about profits is cheaper to them to eject the memory card and battery that changes .I believe these false tests

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I thought GSMArena don't normalise brightness, they just set it to 50% Personally, I like AnandTech's and Ars Technica's battery tests the most

19. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I hate anantech, they are so pro Apple. That's why the owner of the site got hired by

21. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

The most realistic and accurate review are by the owners themselves.:)

28. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

PA has more accurate battery testing based on my own observation.

33. wesley.

Posts: 209; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Phone Arena's battery life tests are very accurate and comparable to what I get with devices that I have used nonstop from full battery to empty battery. Gsm Arena's battery tests are well above what the phones get, especially for web browsing and video playback.

34. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

You just can't help but to find a reason to hate and discredit samsung, hahaha.

8. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Eh, and where's the progress? 1 year of Note development for 5% improvement?

27. banglazbless

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

With a smaller battery, ofcourse that os impressive. Remember folks were saying it wouldn't outlast the note4, but guess what? It did lmao. I bet you have a nother excuse?

15. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

The feedabck from some of the initail owners and this report points to the fact that Note5 battery life is slightly better than Note 4. I think the gsmarena tests will also be in this direction, may be endurance rating of ~95 hours. Seems the processor, memory and display are more power efficient than last years.

40. bkydcmpr

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

could you please explain why in the comparison galaxy s6 (add it from the dropdown) at 7'14", and iphone 6s plus at 6'32", and these numbers contradictional to phonearena's own review (​ng-Galaxy-S6-vs-Apple-iPhone-6-vs-iPhone-6-Plus_id​66644)?

3. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

How about a single article for both handsets? Anyway, it has been proven for the past few years that quantity isn't always what dictates real life performance. Same goes to MP count and no. of cores. Good job Sammy!

4. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Something is wrong with Asus Zenfone 2!

6. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Still extremely disappointed how Samsung chose to only release a 32GB version of the silver titanium S6 Edge+ here in Hong Kong. No way I'm going to pick up the gold for 64GB. Way too flashy for my liking. Anyway, about the battery test results, I am utterly impressed. Really makes you wonder how the 6 Plus gets such subpar battery life with a battery only 60mah less (1080p and dual-core SOC at that).

12. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

It seems Samsung is constrained by the early release. All markets are not getting the same colors. May be by next month it will be sorted out. Better wait, you may hear about 128GB by then.

7. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

droid turbo is still king..

10. marchulya

Posts: 56; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

not at all! for instance s6 active is more than 12 hours. You should see all results )))

11. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

and with only 3500 battery. Motorola is still king when making fat phones

20. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Motorola makes good phones but the models have started looking dull. They should target atleast one flagship version which looks premium too.

22. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Not just that, their phones like the moto x pure are thick and heavy. Why make the phone so thick and have only 3000mah in there? What's the point of having a thick phone?

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