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The new Galaxy S7 flagship was finally released and it’s powered by a larger non-removable battery of 3000mAh (it’s 18 percent bigger than that of the Galaxy S6), but in some parts of the world, it’s available with the latest Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chipset, while the model with an Exynos 8890 Octa chipset can be purchased in Asia and Europe. Android Authority performed a battery test (WiFi browsing and video playback) on both versions and told us the results.

For the Exynos version of the S7 was used the SM-G930F model, while for the Snapdragon version was used the SM-G930V model for Verizon Wireless – this one has some Verizon preloaded applications which can affect the battery life. Both devices were tested at the same display brightness, alongside a Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 6P and here were the results for the two tests:



WiFi Browsing Test

Each handset was charged to full, the charger was removed and the custom WiFi browsing test tool was performed until the battery was drained. Then, the battery was recharged to between 2 and 10 percent and the phones were connected to the same WiFi network, without logging into accounts and syncing data. The best score was obtained by the Galaxy Note 5: 9 hours and 32 minutes, being followed by the Exynos Galaxy S7 with 6 hours and 48 minutes, while the Snapdragon model lasted 6 hours and 30 minutes. The Nexus 6P had a battery life between the two models.

Video Playback Test

The phones were charged to full, then emptied, and the same 5-minute video was looped over and over, while the devices were put in airplane mode, so that the video could not be interrupt by connections or syncing. Both of the S7 variants had great results, especially the Exynos S7, which lasted 15 hours and 11 minutes. The Snapdragon version was on the second position with a duration of 11 hours and 52 minutes, and the Nexus 6P lasted only around seven hours.

Standby Test

This is an additional test that measured the maximum standby life. The two S7 models were charged to full, the WiFi was turned on and there were opened 11 applications which sent notifications. The Exynos model “died” after ten days and 2 hours, the Snapdragon model lasted 9 days and 10 hours and the Nexus 6P came third with a duration of 9 days and 2 hours.

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