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10 flagship phones with the best battery life (May 2015)

10 flagship phones with the best battery life (May 2015)

The flagship phones crop for this and last season has already been all unveiled and accounted for. We have great phones to pick coming from all sides - Samsung, Apple, LG, Sony, HTC and the Chinese juggernauts like Huawei. They will all get the job done, and then some, so it's getting pretty hard to choose one as a daily driver. Given the rather negligible for the typical user differences in processing power, screen or camera quality among flagships these days, we wanted to rank them all by one of the most important characteristics that still makes a huge difference - battery life - helping you cut through the marketing fluff.

We've run all recent flagships through our standardized battery benchmark test already, and, unfortunately, it turned out that this season's crop doesn't represent any progress in terms of battery life compared to last season's, or even their predecessors that were out about a year ago at this time. The influx of premium unibody designs and Quad HD displays certainly took its toll on the progress of battery endurance, so last year's champs are still reigning supreme, at least until we measure what Sony will do next. Here are 10 of the current flagships ranked by their battery life - from the ones you can easily take on a weekend away from the charger, and still have juice left on Monday, to the ones that will simply make it through the day.

Battery Benchmarks

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
LG G4 6h 6 min (Average)
HTC One M9 6h 25 min (Average)
Motorola DROID Turbo 10h 42 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z3 9h 29 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 8h 43 min (Excellent)
Xiaomi Mi 4 8h 32 min (Excellent)
Huawei P8 7h 12 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 6h 32 min (Average)
Google Nexus 6 7h 53 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
LG G4 127
HTC One M9 106
Motorola DROID Turbo 126
Samsung Galaxy S6 78
Sony Xperia Z3 235
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 95
Xiaomi Mi 4 126
Huawei P8 180
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 171
Google Nexus 6 98
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