Samsung battery test video shows the Galaxy S7 crush the competition, but we are not convinced

Samsung's German headquarters rounded up the best of this year's flagship smartphones so far for a bespoke battery test that saw the Samsung Galaxy S7 beat the rest, finishing at 10 hours, 59 minutes, and 11 seconds of on-screen use...
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11. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I would have loved to see that.

16. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

They didn't include a oneplus 3 for obvious reason. oneplus 3 would score almost the same as S7 due to AMOLED screen.

21. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL...that's over simplification. There is a lot of difference between the panel used by Samsung and One Plus in their flagships. Not only One Plus has the lower resolution but also the fact their highest brightness is significantly less then Samsung's. Not to mention the battery optimization by the OEM can also make significant difference. Reputed site like gsmarena also gave One Plus 3 significantly lower then S7 in the overall battery life test (a lot of other tech sites reported the same). It doesn't directly mean One Plus is worst off then S7 but it certainly is a strong indication due to all these points. So, they would score the same just because Amoled screen is completely false.

23. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

All of the competitor devices have different max brightness as well. I would bet the OnePlus 3 would not be far off, but I agree It's wrong to assume the results would be the same just because they're both AMOLED, Guess we will never know unless somebody is to repeat a similar test with all devices. :-)

31. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Argument invalid. HTC 10 uses AMOLED as well.

33. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Nope, that's wrong. Where did you get that from?

34. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

No it doesn't Edit: Sorry, meant to reply comment #31

50. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

55. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

How dumb are you? You know that video playback and gaming are completely different usages right. Obviously the S7 will slaughter any SD 820 phone in gaming because adreno 530 has s**t efficiency.

56. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

How retarded are you? You do realize the display isn't all that's being used in video playback, right? The display and GPU are both being used in video playback, just not as intensely as gaming, so, the results will still proportionately be similar to that of a gaming comparison but longer...

57. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

No, the GPU is not used while video playback. Video is decoded using a fixed function block called the codec( short form for encode and decode). The shader cores in GPU have no part in decoding a video. So no, you're wrong. oneplus 3: S7(exynos): And the S7 SD 820 actually scores less in video playback. Come on, you know you can't win this. And Gaming has like 80% power consumed in GPU and 20% in screen. In video, 80% is screen and 20% is the codec. So not a fair translation. And no, it doesn't scale like that.

58. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Thanks for the information, lesson learned.

6. redmd

Posts: 1938; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Blu studio energy is not a flagship smartphone. PA should test the Galaxy A9 Pro with its 5000 mAh battery and compare it with the Blu studio energy. "Clearly, Samsung and the rest of the competition still have ways to go about improving battery life!" Agree, but just in terms of flagship smartphones.

13. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

They should've used the 6S Plus instead of the tiny toy 6S.. 1715mAh vs. 3000/3500mah isn't really a fair fight

17. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Yeah but then the 6s has a much less pixel-dense screen coupled with custom-tuned OS for the phone itself. It's still a good showing regardless.

20. peacetoallfellas

Posts: 76; Member since: Jul 15, 2016

ur shamesung fanboyism is extreme

36. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

No, your ridiculous random name-calling is extreme.

61. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

or should I say 6S Plus too since they used S7 Edge in the test as well.

19. shield

Posts: 842; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

26. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Screen looks right error on the samsung phones than the iPhone and the screen is mainly white. Imagine knocking the brightness down to the iPhone level and having a 50% black screen (as most actual videos do)

28. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"But do note that Samsung's video shows the smartphones' screens become progressively dim with the passage of time. This lowers their energy demand, therefore boosting longevity." Not progressively, but rather once when the battery percentage hits a certain threshold (6%?). Even before the dimming takes place, the S7 Edge Plus already ran 9.5 hours and the S7 10.3 hours.

38. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

S7 is also much better in gaming and calling time but PA will try to downplay it to the max

32. x88yunkw

Posts: 132; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

why 6s not 6s plus, why p9 not Mate 8?

40. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2210; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Like this test! The iPhone did well considering smaller phone and lower res phone, but 8 hours is impressive for a 1715mah battery.

42. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Less so when you realize it pushes almost 4 times fewer pixels on a smaller screen.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of course not PA. You aren't convince because it shows your own testing is BS. Every other site on the planet has recorded for more longevity of the Galaxy over every phone. Most tests I saw from other sites showed 9hrs of usage on average from a single charge on the S7 Edge, but YORU test claims around 7. That's BS. But you won't even show what is involved in your testing. Others have been 100% transparent in their testing. I posted a video that shows several phones just running a web script that forces the web browser to open webpages for 2 hours. After 2 hours the iPhone 6S only had 22% of its change while the S7 was at 48%. SAME TASK. In YORU test the S7 probably wpuld have been at 20% whiel the iPhoen would have been at 40%. Because your test is obviously rigged to favor the iPhone. How does Mr Spock say it? This is the most perfect - "When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."-Mr Spock When we watch other sites who are not pro-Apple or pro-Samsung who just want to give factual information, we find that all of them have consistently found that even with its bloatware from both Samsung and US Carriers, that the Galaxy S and Note perform better than the iPhone. Even Apple biased sites like The Verge, Cult of Mac and others. I watch 5 article sin one day praise the Galaxy S7 for talking better photos that all the phones released so far in 2016. Then 3 weeks later some guy writes some BS article saying, those same phones now take better pictures than the S7? When we can look at the photos and clearly see they did not? It is ok to have your favorite. Oh and everytime I call you out on such facts, you send me these stupid email warning. So I am busting you out on it. Warning me because I want you to report in fairness. If you can't be fair, then you are nothing more than a tech-tabloid. I love tech. I don't give a crap who you like or which you prefer. Just don't try to sell me BS. Tell the truth even if it means it makes your choice look bad. The truth is the truth. Its not meant to always be liked. I know some truths. The truth is, PA is being paid by Apple. The truth is, where possible tests are rigged to be in favor of the iPhone over the Galaxy. Everything we have seen that was always good about the iPhone, is now equally good on the Galaxy. But when they are talked about, the Galaxy is spoken using terrible context which makes it sound bad or questionable. When we all look at photos from camera test, which clearly shows the Galaxy photos have been manipulated to look worse than the same sot taken my an iPhone. When we know it next to impossible for a phone that has nearly 50% larger battery to last only equally as long as a phone with a smaller battery. There is no way the Note 5 and iPhone 6S Plus could equally last 8hrs and 11mins. No other site has reported it that way either.

44. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. A simple fair fight of a phone. All phones will be better at another at something. But then you make a list. It is unfair to specifically chose apps which you know doesn't work as fast as they do one one platform or another. This is why I take all speed tests with a garin of salt. I watched a video of the S7 vs the One+. Even though the One+ had 6GB of RAM and got off to a headstart, the S7 came back and past it. Then the tester opened an app it knew the S7 would get stuck on verses the Once, which allowed the One+ to take off. Because of that, I don't watch that posters video. Many of them do this. The fair test is talking the phones out the box and testing them with the stock applications they come with and only installing the apps we see online that have the biigest downloads. So both phones should have wahtspps, Spotify, twitter, FB and similar. Outside of tech fans, what consumer install a benchmarking app on their phone...NO ONE. If a test is suppose to be like real life and you add an Application onky installed by a certain group, then the test is fixed and bias. I watch PA post such tests here. The only thing they do is start stupid fights. You don't have to start fights to get clicks. if you only did a fair test, they are going to have fights anyways. The biggest fight would be the fact that if we did 10 fair tests of all of the latest phones, the fact of the matter would be, NONE OF THEM WOULD BEST THE S7. They would all win certain rounds. But as we saw here, with photos, the S6 has won more rounds of the fight and the writer says the iPhone still won? The S6 got the most votes, but somehow the iPhone still won? How...oh wait. He actually called it a tie. What? if I have more votes than you, how is that a tie? It doesn't matter which team you root for. One had to win or lose. Don't call it a tie if it isn't a tie. If you lose suck it up and take your lose. Samsung isn't going to win all the time. Apple isn't going to win all the time. The fact is, no one OEM will win all the time, even if they win most of the time. Just accept this fact. When the iPhone first appeared, it was the best phone because everyone was making crappy phones. But ti didn't matter because we all had crappy phones. Apple pushed OEM's to stop making crappy phones. THIS IS WHAT YOU ALL ASKED FOR. Now that these OEM are no longer making crappy phones, but are making phone equal or better than the iPhone, you are unwilling to accept them. YET THIS IS WHAT YOU ASKED FOR. YOU ASKED for OEM's to stop using plastic. They have. Now you complain that phones break easier. Well you asked them to make phones from cheap s**t. What do you expect. When Apple was mkign phones loved it. Now that oether OEMs can make them even thinner and yet have larger batteries, now you hate them.

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Be fair be reasonable, no matter the outcome. the fighters are still gonna fight, the haters are still gonna hate. Everyone will simply be equally insulted when they don't win, and the gloater will still gloat when they win. A site shouldn't be partial to either side directly. You can do it indirectly and get the same results.

59. ph00ny

Posts: 2033; Member since: May 26, 2011

I guess they're not convinced about their competition's testing either since it contradicts their findings big time. What is surprising to me is samsung's test is using white background and brightness setting they used

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