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Sabrina Ellis, Director of Product Management at Google, speaks about the new Pixel phone during the presentation of new Google hardware in San Francisco, California, US, October 4, 2016. Reuters/Beck Diefenbach

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is perhaps the best Android handset available today, with Google’s Pixel XL following close behind. Both smartphones feature powerful specs, but which of the two is more efficient and convenient when it comes to battery proficiency and charging speed? Let’s find out.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a non-removable 3,600 mAh lithium-ion battery, which is good for about 27 hours of 3G phone calls and 74 hours of music. The phone can sustain 24 hours of moderate to heavy usage with about 25 percent to 35 percent power to spare. The Galaxy S7 Edge also provides excellent standby time, although battery life can dip considerably quick when the handset is used for heavy chores like gaming.

The Galaxy S7 Edge only consumes about 2 percent of power when left unused overnight thanks to Android Marshmallow’s Doze feature. It also needs just an hour and a half to be fully charged using the bundled power adapter. The Samsung flagship also has wireless charging support.

The Google Pixel XL, meanwhile, sports a 3,450 mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery. It delivers up to 14 hours of video playback, up to 32 hours of calls and 130 hours of music play. The Google flagship can be used for up to 7 hours in just 15 minutes of fast charging.

The Pixel XL can easily last two days of use. It also has Doze, which leaves the battery practically unscathed when the phone is not in use. The Pixel XL also has Quick Charge 3.0 support, but unlike the Galaxy S7 Edge, it can’t be charged wirelessly.

During SuperSaf’s battery charging speed test, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge beat the Google Pixel XL. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge generated 85 percent power after just one hour of charging while the Pixel XL only had 54 percent. Less than half an hour later, the Samsung flagship was fully charged. The Pixel XL, meanwhile, spent a total of two hours and three minutes to reach 100 percent. The two devices began charging at one percent while on flight mode.


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