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Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge Gaming Review, Battery Performance and Benchmarks

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Samsung launched the new Galaxy range of smartphones, their Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge at Mobile World Congress this year, and  they have already made their way to India. They were launched in India in an event held in New Delhi last week, and they are going on sale from tomorrow, 18th March 2016. I’ve been using the phone for a few days now, and I’ve played a few games on the device. Today, let me enlighten you upon the gaming performance of the device

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 EdgeSamsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Specifications

Key SpecsSamsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
Display5.1 inches Super AMOLED5.5 inches Super AMOLED
Screen ResolutionWQHD (2560 x 1440)
WQHD (2560 x 1440)
Operating SystemAndroid Marshmallow 6.0Android Marshmallow 6.0
Processor Exynos 8890 octa-coreExynos 8890 octa-core
ChipsetExynos 8890Exynos 8890
Memory4 GB RAM4 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 32GB32GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 200 GB via microSDYes, upto 200 GB via microSD
Primary Camera12 MP F/1.7,OIS12 MP F/1.7, OIS
Video recording4K4K
Secondary Camera5 MP F/1.75 MP F/1.7
Battery 3000 mAh 3600 mAh
Fingerprint SensorYesYes
NFCYesYes
4G readyYesYes
SIM card typeDual SIM (Hybrid)Dual SIM (Hybrid)
WaterproofYesYes
Weight152 gms157 gms
Price INR 48,900INR 56,900

Terms Explained

For Gaming:-

  • Great- Game launches without delay, No lags, No frame drop, Minimal heating.
  • Good- Game launches without delay, Small or negligible frame drops, Moderate heating.
  • Average- Takes time to launch initially, Visible frame drops during intense graphics, Heating increases with time.
  • Poor- Takes long to launch the game, Huge lags, Unbearable heating, Crashing or freezing.

For Battery:-

  • Great- 1% battery drop in 10 minutes of high-end gaming.
  • Good- 2-3% battery drop in 10 minutes of high-end gaming.
  • Average- 4% battery drop in 10 minutes of high end gaming
  • Poor- More than 5% of battery drop in 10 minutes.

Hardware Overview

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are powered by a Exynos 8890 processor, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Fortunately, this year, you can extend the storage of your Samsung Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge. It can accept microSD cards up to 200GB in size. The main difference between the two phones comes in when you take a look at their display. The Galaxy S7 features a 5.1-inch display whereas the S7 Edge features a bigger 5.5-inch display.


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In terms of the benchmark scores, here are the benchmark scores for both these devices. We ran Antutu Benchmark, Geekbench 3, Nenamark2, and Quadrant Standard.

DeviceSamsung Galaxy S7Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
AnTuTu (64-bit)128267126392
Quadrant Standard 6025357544
Geekbench3Single-Core- 2112
Multi-Core- 6726
Single-Core- 2140
Multi-Core- 6177
Nenamark59.7 fps59.5 fps

Gaming Performance

Samsung Galaxy S7 Gaming

Gaming performance on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge has blown my mind. While playing any game, I did not notice any sort of lag or frame drops, and I did play some intense games as well. The best part about gaming with the phone was that the phone just did not want to heat up at all. This is probably because of the liquid cooling that you find in the smartphone.

For testing out the gaming performance on these devices, we played Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2, Modern Combat 5 Blackout on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and Gangster 4, and UFC on the Samsung Galaxy S7. Here are the battery drain and temperature gain stats for both these smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S7

GamePlaying DurationBattery Drop (%)Initial Temperature (In Celsius)Final Temperature (In Celsius)
Gangstar 415 Minutes6%32.8 degree34.5 degree
UFC10 minutes3%32.6 degree32.5 degree

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

GamePlaying DurationBattery Drop (%)Initial Temperature (In Celsius)Final Temperature (In Celsius)
Asphalt 8: Airborne15 Minutes4%32.5 degree32.6 degree
Modern Combat 515 minutes4%31.3 degree32.2 degree
Dead Trigger 215 minutes5%32.5 degree32.5 degree

The only problem I noticed with the devices when gaming was that the speaker is really easy to cover up, especially on the Galaxy S7 Edge, because of really slim edges to hold on to. I noticed this mostly while gaming only, because that’s the only time that I actually used the phone in landscape mode more or less.

Battery Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have a different battery packed inside them. The Galaxy S7 has a 3000mAh battery, whereas the S7 Edge has a 3600mAh battery. It is too soon to tell anything about the actual battery usage on both these smartphones, but for testing out the battery performance on both these devices, we ran the Lab 501 test on both of them, and then recorded the results as follows in the battery drop in both the phones. As far as the temperature goes on both the phones, there wasn’t anything to report as the temperature didn’t rise more than 0.3 degrees, which is inside the margin of error for the phone.

Performance (On Wi-Fi)TimeBattery Drop on Galaxy S7Battery Drop on Galaxy S7 Edge
Video (Max brightness and volume)11 Minutes1%1%
Surfing/Browsing/Video Buffering11 Minutes2%1%

Conclusion

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge pack a great processor inside them, with decent RAM management. The games ran really great on both these devices, without any much differences. The only interesting thing to note was the battery drop on both the phones. Also, the slight heating with Gangster 4 on the Galaxy S7. Other than that, these flagship devices from Samsung this year perform extremely well.


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