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Here’s how Samsung’s battery stats for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ compare to the S7 and S7 edge

The battery sizes on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ don’t inspire much confidence, with the Galaxy S8 having a particularly small battery for a device with a 5.8-inch display. While the real world endurance will only be revealed once we have used the device for a couple of weeks, we can take a look at Samsung’s official battery stats for its new flagships to get an idea of what to expect.

First, let’s talk about the Galaxy S8+. Samsung’s data for the S8 and S8+ battery life is based on devices tested in Europe. Comparing the S8+ to the S7 edge based on stats for the latter in the Netherlands, it turns out Samsung has managed to eke out impressively similar battery endurance despite the S8+’ 100 mAh smaller battery. MP3 playback time with Always On Display enabled has gone down by 5 hours on the S8+ but is up by 4 hours if you disable AOD. Internet usage time on 3G, meanwhile, has gone up by an hour.

Here’s a comparison table for the battery stats on the S7 edge and S8+:

Galaxy S7 edgeGalaxy S8+
MP3 playback (AOD on)up to 55 hoursup to 50 hours
MP3 playback (AOD off)up to 74 hoursup to 78 hours
Video playbackup to 18 hoursup to 18 hours
Talk timeup to 27 hoursup to 24 hours
Internet use (Wi-Fi)up to 16 hoursup to 15 hours
Internet use (3G)up to 12 hoursup to 13 hours
Internet use (LTE)up to 15 hoursup to 15 hours

 

Now, about the Galaxy S8. It looks like the S8 will also offer endurance similar to the S7, which is to say that it will need to be connected to the charger every night. The only gains seen on the S8 are in areas of MP3 playback with AOD off and video playback. Video playback will allow for an hour more of entertainment on a single charge, while listening to music without AOD will go up by 5 hours. The latter’s notable improvement is likely because of the more efficient processor inside the S8 duo, something we also see on the S8+. The S8 is worse off than the S7 when it comes to talk time and internet usage over Wi-Fi and LTE by an hour.

Here are the Galaxy S7 and S8 battery life figures side by side:

Galaxy S7Galaxy S8
MP3 playback (AOD on)up to 45 hoursup to 44 hours
MP3 playback (AOD off)up to 62 hoursup to 67 hours
Video playbackup to 15 hoursup to 16 hours
Talk timeup to 22 hoursup to 20 hours
Internet use (Wi-Fi)up to 15 hoursup to 14 hours
Internet use (3G)up to 11 hoursup to 11 hours
Internet use (LTE)Up to 13 hoursup to 12 hours

 

While Samsung’s official stats are theoretical and your battery life figures will vary based on your usage patterns and the network quality in your country, the Galaxy S8 might just end up turning people into the infamous wall huggers that Samsung has so often made fun of in recent years. It’s especially disappointing because the Galaxy S8 is likely to be the choice of many, as the S8+ will simply be too large for some. But those who do buy the S8+ might not have anything to worry about, as it seems the 3,500 mAh battery inside the 6.2 incher will be able to hold its own.

What do you think of these battery life figures? Will they sway your decision against the Galaxy S8, or do you think portable chargers and fast charging make small batteries a worry of the past? Let us know in the comments!

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ hands-on

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bojan radovanovic
bojan radovanovic

so, that means if i woke up at 7AM, i’ll had to get it to charger before dark….not something that ia have hoped for, but at least it will be easy to sell this beauty.

Joe Mitri
Joe Mitri

Note 8 battery 4000mah …me upgrade…very best lol

OO7__
OO7__

Small battery, too big screen. Dissopointing.

peppedigrace
peppedigrace

j attend les futurs feedback je pense que 3800 mah etais realisable mais vu les circonstance du note 7 securiter avant tout

acp201506
acp201506

100% of us charge our phones before sleep. With quick charge, the phone is fully charge after 2 to 3 hours. The charging stops after fully charged but it is a “waste” of having the phone plugged to the charger for rest of our sleep. We will be more efficient, if the battery is bigger and hold more juice. Imagine if we have a much bigger battery, one time charge over night will last 2 to 4 days of power. Just imagine that. It will changed our life in such a way we don’t have to keep getting stressed by… Read more »

acp201506
acp201506

Ask yourself, will you buy a already very slim Galaxy phone with 2 times thickness but battery last 3 to 4 day? I would and it will be my first preference in all my future upgrades.

gtone339
gtone339

Expecting the battery life for the S8 to be around 7hrs & the S8+ above 7hrs.

stondec
stondec

Battery life is simply a disappointment.

Alexandru Carjan
Alexandru Carjan

So its worse

MStuart
MStuart

So huge phones with distorted displays that don’t even offer good battery life in return, at a record-high price. Nice.

Hi' I'm Steph Curry and I blew a 3-1 lead lol
Hi' I'm Steph Curry and I blew a 3-1 lead lol

meh specs terrible battery capacity.

maartenverbunt
maartenverbunt

It’s just like the Galaxy S6, that was a step back as well in terms of battery endurance. Such a shame.

JGS_
JGS_

I was waiting for these phones since few months, but I’m very disappointed.

– I don’t want that stupid edge and now I’m forced to.
– I want good battery life, but they are also unable to provide that.
– Also I really love the physical home button. Always very easy to find without looking to the phone itself.

No No No no more samsung for me or it would be a Galaxy S7 or a Galaxy A7, but this is the first time since the galaxy S2 I will really explore alternative options.

RoryBreak
RoryBreak

The more I hear about the S8 the more I’m thinking about the G6

prking
prking

Disappointing figures and no QC3 ?

Blackberry10
Blackberry10

If the s8 fast charging was faster than the s7 fast charging i mean faster than 1:30 like an hour or less then the battery will not be disappointing for me

Mawty
Mawty

Very good i say!

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Disappointing but what do you expect, they went with small and safe, you think they include a micro USB to C converter in the box, because all my battery packs are fast charging Micro USB

Shimy
Shimy

Is that taking into account that we lower the resolution to fhd (assuming that helps)?

sameerlove4u2
sameerlove4u2

Lower resolution don’t have for battery.

Lucidfer
Lucidfer

The problem is that the screen being way bigger, of course these are standard benchmarks for FHD. Boost the resolution, especially for VR, and it’s toast.