Samsung Galaxy S8 might be the best smartphone on the market right now, but it should be common knowledge that every good thing ships with its bad side.
While it’s nothing new that charging a phone while at the same time using it won’t result in the fastest charging times possible, apparently, those looking to buy the Galaxy S8 or S8+ flagships might just be a little disappointed.
As noted, using a phone while charging will make it charge for a longer period than usual, but then the Galaxy S8 twins are no cheap phones. In fact, the duo comes with support for fast charging technology that is meant to fill the 3000mAh battery unit on the S8 in less than two hours, but according to a new finding by Phanandroid, this fast charging feature won’t work when the screen is turned on.
Which brings us to the main point. As you know, Samsung Galaxy S8 is no cheaper than $750 (unless you are on Verizon) and for such a premium price, it’s absurd that one is still limited to using the phone’s most basic features in certain conditions. If anything, the phone should still be able to fast charge even when in use, but it appears that Samsung is afraid of a repeat of the Galaxy Note 7 issues since fast charging technology really heats up the phone.
While the screen of the Galaxy S8 is turned on, you’ll still be able to see the fast charging notification, Phanandroid notes. However, the phone will actually be charging at the usual speed. According to the tests, the standard S8, which has a 3000mAh battery, took 1 hour and 37 minutes to charge from 0-100% when the screen is turned off. However, this changed to 2 hours and 51 minutes when the screen remained on all throughout the charging period. It’ll definitely be longer when it comes to the bigger 3500mAh unit on the S8+.
It’s not common to find someone using a phone the entire time it’s charging, but the fact that using a $750 or $850 Galaxy S8 or S8+ when charging kills the fast charging feature is, from my side of the table, absurd. Why Samsung would put this limitation on the S8 phones is still unknown, but as noted earlier, fast charging can really heat up a phone and since constant usage of a phone also leads to heat build-up, the combination of the two could result in a frying Galaxy S8 – just like the Note 7.
For now, the only option is to stay off the Galaxy S8 phones when charging, unless you have all the time to wait until it’s fully charged!