Finally, one smartphone maker is adding a bigger battery to a flagship device.
We've heard of them all already by now, so the final renders and the final trickles of rumors about Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S7 are painting a pretty good picture of the device.
Albeit we've heard that it will probably look way too similar to the current S6 on the market, it will still be a completely different phone in terms of higher-end specs and new features.
If the rumors are true, then the next Galaxy flagship will boast as much as 3,600 mAh for its battery. The main point here, most especially, is that when phone makers seemed to sacrifice battery life for lightness and thinness, we've (hopefully) come full circle.
We imagine Samsung's laboratory wizards whipped up some industrial and software magic to bump up the S7's battery life by that much while maintaining similar dimensions with the existing S6.
As the S7 will come in two variants – the S7 and the S7 Edge – so too will it's battery. The plain S7 will have a 3,000 mAh battery (up from 2,550 mAh on the S6) while the fancier S7 Edge will have the bigger 3,600 mAh battery (up from 2,600 mAh on the S6 Edge).
The S7 Edge is rumored to be larger than the regular S7, which could help account for the large battery gap between the flagships.
Further leaks reveal some numbers about how long the S7 can really last with the bigger battery. It's been reported that the S7 can play a video loop for 17 hours straight before finally bowing out and dying. Moreover, those 17 hours are with the display settings jacked all the way up to full brightness. Now that's impressive.
Maybe it has to do with their size – the Galaxy S line was never really a phablet-type phone - but their larger dimensions may allow for a bigger battery. Samsung's new Exynos processor or the newer Snapdragon 820 could also be a factor in the S7's lengthy screen on life. Or, maybe Samsung finally shed TouchWiz's bloated weight and have finally given us a more vanilla version of Android, too.
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