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Samsung Galaxy S6 has Worse Battery Life than Galaxy S5, But it?s Not that Bad

News by Luke Jones on Thursday March 26, 2015.

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Samsung Galaxy S6
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PhoneArena has found that battery life on the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S6 is below that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. That of course is a rather remarkable stat considering battery power is becoming a very important spec for consumers. The fact that the juicer in the Galaxy S6 is not removable has already been criticized and it seems with good reason. However, there are some factors at play that should be discussed.

For example, while the Galaxy S6 is good for 7 hours and 14 minutes of use (per PhoneArena's battery testes) the Galaxy S5 manages 7 hours and 38 minutes. However, the GS6 takes just 78 minutes to recharge from empty to 100%, while the Galaxy S5 took 122 minutes to achieve the same thing. It is a compromise worth weighing up, less battery life but quicker recharge time, but is unlikely to appeal when you have run out of power and no charging point is in sight.

Interestingly, the Galaxy S6 Edge offers better battery life, 8 hours and 11 minutes to be exact, while it will charge full in 83 minutes, while the Galaxy Note 4 performs even better. Obviously those devices have more room than the Galaxy S6, which can only support a 2550 mAh cell. Those calling for a replaceable battery are feeling vindicated right now and the Quad HD screen is clearly taking its toll on the battery life.

However, while the Galaxy S6 lags behind other Samsung handsets and indeed the Sony Xperia Z3 (in a class of its own with 9 hours and 29 minutes, with a 235 minute recharge), the Galaxy S6 does beat out all of its other rivals. That includes the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One M9, and LG G3. Indeed, Apple's all conquering iPhone 6 performs PhoneArena's battery test and has just 5 hours and 22 minutes, while it takes 147 minutes to charge.

That in itself is proof enough that consumers are still willing to forgive a phone's battery problems if its hits a home run in other areas. As such, Galaxy S6 sales are unlikely to be impacted at all, especially as it still remains one of the best performing flagship in terms of battery life.

source: PhoneArena

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