Samsung Galaxy S7 edge battery life (Exynos and Snapdragon)

George, 20 March, 2016

We published our in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge earlier this week, and it was based on the Exynos version of the smartphone. We later got our hands on a Snapdragon version so we got a chance to compare the two in benchmarks, and now in battery endurance.

No matter the chipset, battery capacity of the Galaxy S7 edge is fixed at 3,600mAh - a generous amount. It is also a substantial increase over the S6 edge's 2,600mAh, not to mention the S6 edge+, which has a 3,000mAh power pack and a larger 5.7-inch display. In light of that, even die-hard removable battery supporters like us are willing to let it slide that the S7 edge's cell is sealed.

And that's even before we get to the fact that it charges very quickly, even if the S7 edge only supports Qualcomm's QuickCharge 2.0 standard and not the latest version 3.0. Samsung promises 0 to 100% in 100min for the S7 edge, and it's even more impressive just how rapidly those percentages climb from flat to 70% where charge speed starts to taper off.

Much like the company's last-year flagships, the Galaxy S7 edge is also capable of wireless charging with pads compliant with both Qi and PMA. Samsung will also sell you a fast wireless charging pad, which can fill up the battery nearly as fast as a cable will.

After we tested both versions, the summary goes like this. Number one - the Exynos-version is overall more efficient and outlasts the Snapdragon variant by a few hours in all three major tests and in Endurance rating. Number two - both are as good, or better than last year's S6 edge and S6 edge+.

Moving to the individual tests, the Galaxy S7 edge is good for about 24:30 hours or 22:30 hours of 3G voice calls, Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 respectively. Difference aside, both perform noticeably better than the competition: Nexus 6P comes closest (20:50h), but the LG V10 (16:40h) and iPhone 6s Plus (15:51h) will have died long before either S7 edge pops up a warning.

Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
    46:44h
  • Gionee Marathon M5
    38:07h
  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
    33:20h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
    33:19h
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    32:54h
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    32:53h
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    30:46h
  • OnePlus 2
    30:29h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    30:29h
  • Motorola DROID Turbo
    30:09h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    29:46h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
    29:46h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
    29:46h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    29:46h
  • Huawei Honor 5X
    29:40h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
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  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
    28:34h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    28:34h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    28:31h
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
    28:25h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
    28:23h
  • Huawei G8
    27:44h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    27:37h
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    26:53h
  • Huawei Mate 8
    26:45h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active
    26:29h
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    26:28h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    26:01h
  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
    25:45h
  • LG G3
    25:38h
  • LG G Pro 2
    25:37h
  • LG G Flex
    25:19h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    25:16h
  • LG G2
    25:15h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
    25:12h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
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  • BlackBerry Passport
    25:12h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
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  • Motorola Nexus 6
    25:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
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  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
    25:02h
  • Alcatel Hero
    25:02h
  • Oppo N1
    25:01h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    24:52h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    24:29h
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    24:23h
  • Oppo R7s
    24:03h
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    23:49h
  • LG AKA
    23:20h
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    23:13h
  • Meizu PRO 5
    23:10h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
    23:09h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
    23:09h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
    23:09h
  • Oppo R7
    22:58h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    22:57h
  • Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
    22:42h
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
    22:36h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    22:32h
  • Motorola Moto X Style
    22:23h
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    22:20h
  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue
    22:16h
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    22:13h
  • HTC One Max
    22:13h
  • Lenovo ZUK Z1
    22:13h
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    22:13h
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    22:13h
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    22:13h
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual
    22:11h
  • Meizu MX4 Pro
    22:09h
  • Yota YotaPhone 2
    22:09h
  • Samsung ATIV SE
    22:05h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    22:02h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    21:41h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
    21:39h
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    21:18h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    21:02h
  • Meizu m2 note
    20:55h
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    20:50h
  • LG Optimus G Pro E985
    20:45h
  • HTC One M9
    20:44h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    20:42h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    20:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    20:27h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    20:24h
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
    20:22h
  • Motorola RAZR i XT890
    20:07h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate7
    20:06h
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    20:04h
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 Duos
    20:04h
  • Samsung Galaxy E7
    20:04h
  • Oppo Find 7
    20:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
    20:01h
  • BlackBerry Q10
    20:00h
  • OnePlus One
    19:56h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    19:55h
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
    19:54h
  • Sony Xperia SP
    19:49h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
    19:48h
  • Sony Xperia T3
    19:48h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    19:48h

It would be an understatement to say that the Galaxy S7 edge excels at video playback longevity, especially the Exynos version. With its 20:08h result, it stands at the all-time second spot among devices we've tested, behind the Gioniee Marathon M5 (monstrous 6,020mAh battery, midrange hardware).

The Snapdragon S7 edge is no slouch either when it comes to watching videos and calls it a day after almost 17 hours - yes, impressive, but still 3 hours less. Then again, the iPhone 6s Plus throws in the towel another 3 hours earlier (13:57h). The Nexus 6P (9:59) will need two full charges to match the Exynos S7 edge, and you better have two spare batteries for the V10 (7:30) if you're looking to keep up with the edges.

Video playback

  • Gionee Marathon M5
    26:24h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    20:08h
  • LG G Flex
    19:57h
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    18:36h
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    18:04h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active
    18:03h
  • Meizu PRO 5
    18:02h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
    18:01h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    17:52h
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    17:50h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    16:54h
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    16:35h
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    16:22h
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
    15:03h
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
    14:58h
  • Samsung Galaxy E7
    14:57h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    14:50h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    14:17h
  • Lenovo ZUK Z1
    14:14h
  • Oppo R7s
    14:05h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate7
    14:04h
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    13:57h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    13:53h
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    13:52h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    13:51h
  • Motorola DROID Turbo
    13:41h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    13:32h
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    13:12h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    13:12h
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    13:12h
  • HTC One Max
    13:11h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    13:08h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
    13:04h
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
    13:04h
  • Sony Xperia C
    12:53h
  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260
    12:51h
  • Huawei Honor 6
    12:51h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
    12:51h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
    12:45h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    12:45h
  • Meizu MX4 Pro
    12:41h
  • Huawei Mate 8
    12:34h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    12:31h
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    12:30h
  • BlackBerry Q5
    12:28h
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual
    12:22h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    12:21h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    12:18h
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    12:16h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    12:12h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
    12:12h
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
    12:10h
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    12:06h
  • LG AKA
    11:54h
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    11:47h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    11:38h
  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
    11:37h
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
    11:32h
  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4
    11:29h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100
    11:27h
  • Huawei Mate S
    11:26h
  • OnePlus One
    11:23h
  • HTC One (E8)
    11:16h
  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
    11:15h
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    11:15h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    11:15h
  • Oppo N1
    11:15h
  • BlackBerry Q10
    11:15h
  • Meizu m1 note
    11:09h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
    11:02h
  • Asus PadFone X
    11:01h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    10:47h
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    10:46h
  • BlackBerry Passport
    10:46h
  • vivo X5Max
    10:44h
  • vivo X5Pro
    10:41h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
    10:41h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
    10:38h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
    10:38h
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    10:35h
  • HTC Desire Eye
    10:35h
  • LG G Flex2
    10:35h
  • HTC Desire 816
    10:34h
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    10:31h
  • HTC Butterfly 2
    10:26h
  • LG G2 mini
    10:23h
  • Nokia Lumia 735
    10:20h
  • Huawei G8
    10:20h
  • Apple iPhone 5
    10:12h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    10:11h
  • HTC One (M8)
    10:11h
  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom
    10:08h
  • Samsung ATIV SE
    10:07h
  • Sony Xperia M2
    10:04h
  • HTC First
    10:03h
  • HTC One
    10:02h
  • Motorola Moto X
    10:01h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    10:01h
  • Motorola Nexus 6
    10:01h
  • Nokia Lumia 635
    10:00h
  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus
    10:00h

In web browsing we have the Exynos Galaxy S7 edge leading this improvised pack with its 13:32h result, but here the Snapdragon version (10:09h) doesn't have what it takes to claim silver - it's the iPhone6s Plus for a change (11:51h). The Nexus 6P and LG V10 are in their usual unimpressive form and in this test hover around the 8:30 mark.

Web browsing

  • Gionee Marathon M5
    30:51h
  • Huawei Mate 8
    17:05h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
    16:41h
  • Sony Xperia E4
    16:40h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active
    16:25h
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    15:11h
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
    15:05h
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
    14:52h
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    14:35h
  • Meizu MX4
    14:06h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate7
    13:53h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    13:32h
  • Huawei P8
    13:32h
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    13:26h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
    13:14h
  • HTC Butterfly 2
    13:11h
  • Meizu m1 note
    13:05h
  • Huawei Honor 6
    12:59h
  • Meizu PRO 5
    12:51h
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    12:50h
  • Sony Xperia C
    12:45h
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
    12:42h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    12:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    12:37h
  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
    12:31h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    12:30h
  • HTC One (M8)
    12:29h
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    12:27h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
    12:18h
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    12:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    12:18h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    12:17h
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    12:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    11:55h
  • Nokia XL
    11:54h
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    11:52h
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    11:51h
  • Sony Xperia Z3+
    11:51h
  • HTC Desire 816
    11:48h
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual
    11:47h
  • LG G2
    11:42h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos
    11:36h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    11:36h
  • Meizu m1 metal
    11:33h
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    11:32h
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    11:32h
  • Motorola DROID Turbo
    11:31h
  • Sony Xperia E1
    11:30h
  • HTC One Max
    11:20h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
    11:20h
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    11:20h
  • HTC Butterfly S
    11:07h
  • Asus PadFone X
    11:07h
  • LG G2 mini
    11:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    11:01h
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    10:58h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    10:56h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
    10:56h
  • HTC Desire 510
    10:53h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
    10:52h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
    10:52h
  • Motorola Moto G 4G
    10:52h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
    10:50h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
    10:50h
  • Lenovo ZUK Z1
    10:46h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    10:43h
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    10:39h
  • LG AKA
    10:38h
  • Huawei Honor 7
    10:38h
  • Nokia Lumia 830
    10:36h
  • Apple iPhone 6
    10:29h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    10:25h
  • Meizu MX4 Pro
    10:24h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
    10:23h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
    10:23h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
    10:23h
  • Nokia Lumia 630
    10:18h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
    10:14h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    10:14h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    10:14h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
    10:14h
  • BlackBerry Passport
    10:12h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    10:12h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    10:09h
  • BlackBerry Q5
    10:04h
  • HTC Desire Eye
    10:02h
  • HTC One (E8)
    10:02h
  • Huawei G8
    10:00h
  • Huawei Honor 5X
    10:00h
  • Nokia Lumia 635
    10:00h
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    9:58h
  • HTC One
    9:58h
  • Apple iPhone 5
    9:56h
  • Meizu m2 note
    9:54h
  • Samsung Ativ Odyssey I930
    9:54h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    9:52h
  • Sony Xperia M2
    9:48h
  • Sony Xperia E3
    9:48h
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    9:47h
  • OnePlus One
    9:46h
  • Huawei Mate S
    9:43h

The Always On display feature was always going to be a battery drainer, no two ways about it. Samsung's claim that it would cost you 1% per hour seems about right and it does leave a huge impact on the overall endurance rating. That's because our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which we carried out with the AOD off and then once again with AOD on. These results are not featured in our test scorecard but are calculated in the total rating.

The Galaxy S7 edge (E8890) did splendidly with an Endurance rating of 98 hours - that's the amount of time the S7 edge would last on a single charge if you use it for an hour of 3G calls, an hour of web browsing, and an hour of video playback each day. Under the same use scenario, the Galaxy S7 edge (S820) gets an 87h Endurance rating.

A drop by about 30% in the rating follows if you turn on the Always on display Finally, if you want to use the Edge feeds, which require the screen to keep the capacitive sensors on, you will lose in the whereabouts of additional 7 hours.

However, and that's really important, the detrimental effect of all these additional features will be of much less significance the more you actively use your phone. Playing games, watching videos, surfing the web - any actual use that has the display on and the processor ticking at anything but idle will deplete the battery much faster than any always on clock or calendar ever can.

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge battery life

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge battery life

The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.


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Reader comments

  • Anonymous

Benxhmarks are just benchmarks though. The exynos even opens and runs most apps better with better ram management. As well as means better battery life but a decent margine. And as always a much better quality audio chip. Its almost alway...

  • Anonymous

your battery drains at 5% per hour doing nothing. my phone drains 2.7% per hour doing nothing. top that, Mr "ITSavvy".

  • ITSavvy

Im not sure about the stated graphs.. but my s7 edge battery is awesome... on screen lock with 90% of functions inactive.. no background running apps either.. 7hours drain 41%.. (while im sleeping)