Galaxy S8+ battery life put to the test

As our smartphones get more and more powerful each year, we are able to do more things on them and with that comes the need for them to always be ready when needed. This is where battery life comes in and remains one of the biggest buying factors for consumers. Samsung’s Galaxy S8+ is one of the most, if not the most, powerful smartphone currently on the market and its battery life was just put to the test. Let’s see how it performed.

The Galaxy S8+ comes with a beautiful 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display that covers almost the entire front of the phone. That alone requires a hefty amount of juice as the screen is most often the biggest drain on the battery. While battery capacity in smartphones has been relatively slow to increase, there have been great strides with battery and chip (such as the processor) technologies to make them more efficient. Samsung has already announced that the batteries found in the Galaxy S8 will have a longer lifespan than previous models.

A large 3,500 mAh battery lives in the Galaxy S8+ and while that may not sound like a lot considering its screen size and powerful specs, the folks over at Phone Arena just put it to the test and results are pretty encouraging.

As you can see in the chart above, the Galaxy S8+ came in with a battery life of 8 hours. All the smartphones involved in the test had their screens set to 200 nits brightness, and while the Galaxy S8+ did not come come out on top, the results are still very good. One important fact to note, however, is that this test was run at the default screen resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels.

It’s clear that Samsung has learned from the disastrous Galaxy Note 7 and is putting in a lot of safeguards with the Galaxy S8 to ease the strain on the battery. Despite a maximum, and now industry standard, Quad HD resolution, when you turn on the Galaxy S8 for the first time you will see it defaulting to Full HD+ resolution. As odd of a choice this may be, coupled with the fact that many people may not even notice it, using a lower resolution will allow the battery to last longer and not work as hard.

There are many factors that determine battery life and results will certainly vary from person to person, but Samsung has done a great job optimizing the hardware and software on the Galaxy S8+. There should be no trouble getting through an average day on a single charge, and even longer depending on your usage. Does this make you more likely to consider buying the Galaxy S8+?

Source: Phone Arena


About the Author: Kevin Arnold

Kevin has been obsessed with technology ever since the days of playing with commands in MS-DOS. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied a combination of New Media Programming and Photography, Kevin lives in New York City where he works as a photo retoucher. His first "smartphone" was the good old LG Voyager with its slide-out physical keyboard. The first Android device Kevin owned was the now-infamous HTC Thunderbolt, which he still has in a drawer somewhere. Currently rocking both the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, Kevin has a (un)healthy obsession with phones and has owned more than he can remember. When he's not shopping for a new phone, Kevin enjoys lots of food and wine, video games, astronomy, and the Big Apple.