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All bow to the new endurance king: Sony Xperia Z3 scores a record battery life for its category

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All bow to the new endurance king: Sony Xperia Z3 scores a record battery life for its category
We are not going to mince words here - Sony is the current king of battery life when it comes to brand-name smartphones. We did our grueling battery benchmark on the Xperia Z3 over the weekend, and it broke all records in its respective category, just as we suspected it would do, given Sony's consistent performance in that department this year.

The phone lasted for nearly nine and a half hours of screen-on time when we ran our tasking battery benchmark, putting it comfortably ahead of any other flagship big-screen phone or phablet we've tested at the moment. 

All bow to the new endurance king: Sony Xperia Z3 scores a record battery life for its category
As mentioned, this is more than any other flagship we've measured so far - phone or phablet - and even more than the Ascend Mate7, which comes equipped with a whopping 4100 mAh juicer, while the Z3 has an "only" 3100 mAh piece in a 7.3mm thin waterproof body. 

The Z3 battery endurance is also better than the one of the Z2, which already has a great battery life, so kudos to Sony here - it managed to squeeze much more life out of a tad smaller battery, compared to the Z2, and make a truly "two-day battery". The charging time, on the other hand, is much longer than the average, at close to four hours with the paltry stock 850 mA charger. 

If you think that what Sony did is by accident, then a simple look at our top ten endurance champs will tell you that this is not the case. Sony phones are currently occupying six of the top ten slots in our battery benchmark ranking, and these range from low-ends, like the Xperia C, through midrangers like the slim T3, all the way to the Xperia Z3 flagship. The "culprit" must be Sony's displays, which might not be the best out there when it comes to color representation and viewing angles, but are apparently using an extremely frugal technology, and screens are the pesky components with the highest battery consumption in our smartphones, so kudos to Sony here.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Huawei Ascend Mate7
9h 3 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6h 32 min (Average)
LG G3
6h 14 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
Motorola Moto X (2014)
5h 45 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6
5h 22 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
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posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:17 29

1. itsjustJOH (Posts: 232; Member since: 18 Oct 2012)


KNEEL BEFORE ZED(3)!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:20 9

3. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


We're not worthy!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:30 14

8. jeeta444 (Posts: 154; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


Z3 and Z3 compact are best devices.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:26 15

16. Siapaya (Posts: 17; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Z3 Compact FTW

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:31 7

20. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Make and believe

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:47 11

61. buccob (Posts: 2564; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


PA should update their review rating to reflect this awesome news. Z3 Compact should be ~ 9.3

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 18:07 4

97. paul4hp (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Indeed, I can not trust the impartiality of a site's reviews if they give the same score to inferior (but over over-hyped) fruit devices.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:14 3

69. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Don't you mean LORD ZED?

posted on 26 Sep 2014, 22:23

115. srivastsh (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Sep 2014)


I ordered a Z2 as soon as it was released in the US, and I was über exited. The phone arrived and I was thrilled. Then it happened. My phone fell of the sofa onto my carpet (about 2 feet) when I picked it up it had powered off. I charged but to no avail. I took it to the SONY store and customer service couldn't do anything. They kept asking "would you like to buy another one?" I decided to get an iPhone 6. Best Phone Ever Period . It is amazing in every way. I am now grateful my Z2 broke. It enlightened me. Thank You SONY for making such crappy products.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:19 22

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Amazing! Just amazing! A salute and a bow to you, Sony!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:29 6

17. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Why Compromise

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:31 14

36. o0Exia0o (Posts: 899; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


I would take the Z3 Compact with its amazing battery life any day over any other "Flagship" phone simply for the battery life! What good is it to have the best CPU, the best GPU and a QHD screen if you can only use it for an hour at a time?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:58 3

63. jroc74 (Posts: 6004; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly.

My other want/need is reception. I might have to take a closer look at Sony for my next phone.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 13:23 3

92. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


In gsm-arena....1st 1520 - 107h, 2nd Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G - 106h, & 3rd Z3C - 101h

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:22 36

4. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 14h 44 min. Please level this kind of battery life as "Outstanding".

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:45 7

10. Smarter (Posts: 59; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)


I can agree. In comparison especially with Windows Phones, which are very poor regarding battery life and other features, this is really awesome result. Sony and Samsung are the best.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:13

43. Tamer81 (Posts: 37; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Where is the 1320 and the 1520? Can't see any of those in the comparisons!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:31 1

18. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Like no others

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:17 8

32. giga.admin (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


If only they made a new Xperia Z Ultra (this time with flash led)....

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:00

52. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 526; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Yes. If only. Please sony, please make a 6.5" z3 ultra. I want the z3 compact as my daily driver and a z3 ultra to use as a tablet.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:15

70. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


That was holding me back. Either the Z1 with flash or Z Ultra largest phone in the world.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 13:50

93. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 526; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


Its not the largest if you include tablets with phone functionality

posted on 23 Sep 2014, 06:39

112. giga.admin (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


I was thinking of buying a new larger phone, really loving xperia z ultra. But the lack of flash kept me from choising it. Damn Sony, you've missed a new customer! I'd better switch to the new Huawei Mate 7.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:56 4

27. iluvsonynokia (Posts: 144; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


I CANT BELIEVE ,I THOUGHT IT WILL BE SIMILAR TO Z2/c BATTERY LIFE

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:23 5

5. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 294; Member since: 13 May 2014)


Great job Sony !! Next year I will decide between Z4 and HTC One M9.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:23

6. mr.techdude (Posts: 569; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I'm in love with my one m8 battery life, but the z3 is putting it on show. I'll wait for m9 and see what happens.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:28 13

7. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Their claims were spot on, it seems. 2 days without Stamina mode. 3 days with Stamina. 1 week with Ultra Stamina. Now trim down on your midrange budget and make like a lone SP successor for 2015 or something.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 03:34 6

9. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Z3 Compact is great.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 15:36

119. milkboy54 (Posts: 39; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


u got it

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:03 4

11. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


sony is the leader now in smartphone mobiles .. the best in camera departement ( dont tell me s5 he is only good in very good light , low light is a joke :) ) , best speakers ( watch the last video of z3 vs htc one m8 btekt channel they are in the same level , and much louder than z2 ) , gorgeous display and sexy design with amazing features as HIGH RESOLUTION AUDIO , noice concelling , camera features ... , waterproof , and now a phenomenal battery life .. a so happy z2 owner :)
ps : phone arena where is z2 cuz the battery life is amazing too and better than most of smartphones in your article

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:45 2

22. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Actually S5 camera's only weakness is low light otherwise it's the best overall smatphone camera (wait for iphone 6 dxomark review). Xperia lose to S5 when it comes to color, texture and artifacts that's they main reason S5 photo looks comparatively better than Z2. Z2 is capable of taking absolutely stunning photos if you know how to use it. Check out this this guy photos, all photos are taken with Z2 and he is not a professional photographer.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125751132@N08
That being said Sony has lot of works to do with their camera. They need to tone down their NR and sharpening and also improve the color. They shoud Improve their post processing algorithms so that their camera can take consistently better HDR and panorama pic

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:17

45. swiekekodok (Posts: 58; Member since: 19 Jul 2014)


Is he an indonesian?that name is so familiar in my country....

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:30

57. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


He is.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 06:55

51. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 163; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Hey, that's my flickr! Thank you :)

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:31 1

58. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


You're welcome. I really like your photos. Keeping uploading.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 21:36

103. oropher (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


can you give some advice how to take good night view shots using Z2?

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 10:32 1

76. mokhtar (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


i know how to use z2 camera very well dont worry .. even my pictures are much better than this photos but i dont have flickr only facebook :)

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 11:04

79. hboy857 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


Very glad to hear that. But still you can't deny that there are spaces for improvement in the camera department. If apple can produce almost the same quality pic with 1/3" sensor Sony should score at least 84-85 with their 1/2.3" sensor ( with highest sensitivity in the mobile sensor). Maybe i'm demanding a little to much but camera should be Sony's forte. In this category they shouldn't be behind any company. All i'm asking to tone down their aggressive sharpening and NR and also fix their color. I believe they have the best camera hardware and i demand best result from Sony. Not the second best result.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 09:40

73. gabrielvoica (Posts: 65; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Actually in terms of camera it's a very very long way to catch up to Nokia 1020... Trust me...i had the Z1 and now i use the Z Ultra,but in terms of camera nothing beats Nokia...
Also in battery,they should really put Nokia 1520 and 1320 in the comparisson...

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:09 9

12. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Great job Sony! Looking forwards for buying the Z3 compact beast, the Moto X disappointed me. Will be buying it this december :D

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:54

25. S.M.Talha (Posts: 70; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


Hey do u have any idea about pricing of z3 and z3 compact ??
In dollars.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:00 5

29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Nope. But I bet both will be cheaper than a 16gb iphone 6.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:10 2

31. S.M.Talha (Posts: 70; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


Well thanks for reply.And yes they will be a lot cheaper than iphone i know that too.But still they are providing better camera + its waterproof feature which is very great.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 07:21

55. 2oozoo (Posts: 21; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


from what i see through youtube videos Z3 has better camera , screen, dual front facing speakers , battery and design ( for sure iphone 6 looks good too but it looked like a toy next to the Z3 ) and all this package for a cheaper price , apple gotta be kidding , i wont talk about others but in my opinion to get an iphone 6 when we have Z3 i would look like a moron

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 15:37

120. milkboy54 (Posts: 39; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


me too:)

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:14

13. aba71983 (Posts: 805; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


hw come my iPhone 5S it take 7-8 hours in normal used. FB, Twitter, Vine, GSMArena, PhoneArena especially WhatsApp.

I don't know what's really going on but this is what I do everyday.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:48 14

23. Genza (Posts: 539; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Your iPhone can last 7-8 hours under normal use WOW... That is awesome.
But wait according to Phonearena Z3C can survive for 3 days in normal use, that means your iphone battery life is sucks.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:40 2

38. o0Exia0o (Posts: 899; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


And that’s is great that your iP 5s can last that long for you, but this a custom script that Phonearena is running on all phones that it is testing to get a uniform result. This is not indicative of the average users average use of a cell phone so your results on how you use your phone will not be the same as PA's results.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 12:00 1

88. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4179; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


This test measures the battery life if you charged it to 100% and then used it until it dies. That is continuous use, not normal use, because everyone's definition of light, normal, and heavy use are all different. What one person considers heavy use might be what someone else considers normal use. This test puts all phones on equal footing, using a script rather than a person because a person, no matter how hard they try, will NEVER test any two phones exactly the same. That's due to human limitations, they'll never do one thing exactly the same or exactly as fast every time. A script will do that.

But again, this test doesn't mean this is how long the phone will last under normal use, because most likely you won't have your phone running constantly. What it does do is measure each phone's battery life equally, that way you can make an accurate comparison when deciding between phones.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:15 1

14. TisaTsir (Posts: 70; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


the camera has also been tested.

http://www.dxomark.com/Mobiles/Sony-Xperia-Z3-New-Sony-flagship-Smartphone-tested

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:54 3

40. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I actually expected a lower score.

Kudos to Sony for maintaining the same score.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:25 2

15. S.M.Talha (Posts: 70; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


Sony is really making performance with their high end smartphones.They can make it to the top.

posted on 05 Oct 2014, 15:37

121. milkboy54 (Posts: 39; Member since: 04 Oct 2014)


u bet

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:31 7

19. Einstein333 (Posts: 60; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Goodbye Samsung, welcome Sony!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:39 2

21. vipervoid123 (Posts: 163; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Nice job done on Battery part,Sony ~
Kudos ~

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:52 2

24. f35hunter (Posts: 233; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Kudos to sony !!!!

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:56 11

26. Venkatramanan (Posts: 310; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


The recent Sony phones' battery life are awesome. My T2 Ultra also has great battery life when compared to any other mid ranger. Sony needs to improve some aspects in order to sustain the market.
1. Software - Optimization of RAM in their Skin, Digital Image Processing, Proper Bug less updates for all their devices. ( At least two major updates) .
2. Availability in all the major carrier in US.
3. Should Price their device rightly.
4. Customer service and Marketing needs to be improved.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 05:06 5

30. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


Exactly what needs to happen.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 10:48 2

77. Odiin (Posts: 340; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


+1 exactly, you nailed it.

posted on 22 Sep 2014, 04:58 5

28. amansingal14 (Posts: 309; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


14hrs 44 min?
Mark it 'Crazy, Just Crazy' PA

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