Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are among the best smartphones of 2018. The flagship from the South Korean OEM is launched in two variants based on regions. In Asia, Samsung often releases their flagships packing their Exynos SoCs. While the international variants of their flagships are often released with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs.
After a recent study done by a user on Reddit, it seems like Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus packing the Exynos 9810 are being summoned for their power consumption. Since Samsung manufactures their own SoCs for their flagships rather than using Qualcomm’s current-gen flagship SoCs, its likely that these differences may arise.
Exynos variants of the S9 and S9 Plus offered about 4.67 hours and 5.1 hours of screen on time, respectively. Do note that these numbers are average numbers rather than actual figures. Mileage may vary from device to device. In contrast, it was also noted that the Snapdragon variants of the S9 and S9 Plus offered about 5.5 hours and 5.48 hours of screen on time, respectively. That’s on average, about 7-18% less battery life being offered by the Exynos variants of the S9 and S9 Plus. Also, surprisingly enough, 1440p didn’t affect the battery life too.
Additionally, a survey conducted by the same user found that 60% of the S9 and S9 Plus users change their preferred resolution to 1440p. This simply goes in line with what we recommended Samsung a few months ago in our review of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.