The iPhone SE Battery Outlasts the iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S7 in One Stress Test

BY Evan Selleck

Published 24 Mar 2016


The iPhone SE might not be a flagship device, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth picking up for fans of 4-inch smartphones. Especially if they’re at all interested in battery life.

The Wall Street Journal put together a review of Apple’s newest 4-inch iPhone, and one of the major takeaways is the improvement in battery life, especially compared to much higher-end and expensive devices.

Specifically, the reviewer put a stress test together, which cycles through websites with a uniform brightness applied to each device, and discovered that the iPhone SE lasted 10 hours. That’s actually two hours longer than what the iPhone 6s and iPhone 5s brought to the table. Perhaps even more interestingly, the iPhone SE lasted three hours longer than Samsung’s newest flagship, the Galaxy S7.

“The standout news is battery life. Unlike many other recent Apple products, the iPhone SE’s is a significant improvement over its predecessors’. In my lab stress test, which cycles through websites with uniform screen brightness, the SE lasted 10 hours—more than two hours longer than both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 5s, and nearly three hours longer than the Galaxy S7.”

Of course, the display size and resolution/features have to be considered here. The iPhone SE’s display is a 4-inch panel with a resolution of 1136×640 and doesn’t feature things like 3D Touch. To compare, the iPhone 6s screen measures in at 4.7 inches with a resolution of 1334×750; while the Galaxy S7’s screen measures in at 5.1 inches, and boasts a resolution of 2560×1440.

Still, considering the iPhone SE starts at $399 –$250 less than what the iPhone 6s starts at– it’s a feather in the smaller iPhone’s cap, to be sure.

[via The Wall Street Journal]