If a smartphone company was to use the latest and the most powerful top-of-the-line chipset from Qualcomm into its flagship smartphone, we would obviously expect it to take advantage of all the features that the SoC supports. Well, it’s not that obvious a case with the latest flagship offerings from Samsung.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge come with QuickCharge 2.0 support, while the Snapdragon 820 supports QuickCharge 3.0. However, it is worth noting that the rival LG G5 flagship smartphone gets QuickCharge 3.0, which is more efficient than 2.0 by up to 45%. And not only can 3.0 work with USB Type-C ports, but it also is compatible with microUSB connectors.
This raises a serious question- why does the Galaxy S7 not support QuickCharge 3.0? Well, a very important reason for this can be the existence of Exynos and Snapdragon chips on the same phone in different market, which requires the company to unify the charging standards, as Exynos 8890 does not fully comply with the specifications provided by Qualcomm for QC 3.0. Having said all that, it does not mean that the Galaxy S7 devices won’t charge fast.
But it still is a nice subject for argument in a debate of LG G5 vs. Galaxy S7 battery life. The G5 has a removable battery, while the S7 does not. But the S7 gets wireless charging which is very fast too. So it’s really a tough battle. What’s your take on this?