The Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is here and weve covered the software changes at length. Weve also promptly retested battery life since the update is a relatively major change. All tests were performed on the international Exynos 8890 version.
We observed a significant drop in Wi-Fi browsing longevity, to the tune of 3 full hours. The new result on Nougat (again, on the Exynos version of the handset) is close to what the Snapdragon 820 version could achieve on Marshmallow. Still, what was a truly excellent web browsing endurance before, is now just a ‘good score’ after the update.
Its not a spectacular showing in video playback either, where the drop in endurance is a whopping 5 hours. The thing is, the S7 edges original 20+ hours of looping videos were so amazing, that even 5 hours less makes for a pretty great number. But we don’t quite understand what has caused the change.