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.

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 S6
7h 14 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s
8h 15 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Google Nexus 5X
6h 25 min (Average)
Google Nexus 6P
6h 24 min (Average)
HTC One A9
6h 3 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z5
7h 7 min (Good)
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
6h 29 min (Average)

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.

minutes Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Apple iPhone 6s
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Google Nexus 5X
Google Nexus 6P
HTC One A9
Sony Xperia Z5
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

Related phones

Galaxy A7 (2016)
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Yes!! 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!

3. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

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

34. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

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

15. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 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.

23. torr310

Posts: 1676; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Motorola DROID MAXX 2 best them all easily.

26. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

The Galaxy S6 Active is laughing at you.

27. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

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

36. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 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

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I bought A5 yesterday. Best decision ever.

8. Unordinary unregistered

Does it drive nice?

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

They both do.

24. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

4. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 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.

5. eden555

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

weres the a9 ?

6. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 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 ?

9. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

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

7. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 113; Member since: Nov 20, 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!

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

S6 active beats that

10. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Well damn. Get em Sammy


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 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 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!

14. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

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

16. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

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

17. sswain

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 10, 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

25. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Oh god for bid.


Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 27, 2016

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

19. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

32. 497362

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

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

20. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

BUT ... it's Overpriced

21. derekmski

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Where can you buy these in the US?

22. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

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