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Galaxy Note5 battery life benchmark: Outperforms the Note 4 despite smaller battery

Galaxy Note5 battery life benchmark: Outperforms the Note 4 despite smaller battery

Most of you probably won't remember, but as it was our job to pay attention back then, we do. When the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 arrived on the scene last year, critics and consumers alike were worried that Samsung used a battery with essentially the same capacity as its predecessor, the Note 3, and that this time around it would have to power a hungrier, Quad HD display instead of a more frugal, 1080p panel. So you can imagine we were all pleasantly surprised when our custom battery life benchmark showed that the Note 4 is significantly more resilient than its predecessor.

Fast-forward to last week, and similar outrage could be seen across the web, though perhaps a little understated in comparison to last year, what with Samsung committing 'sacrilege' by going microSD card slot-free and without a removable battery. In any case, people were seriously worried that with its smaller battery (3,000 mAh, a 220 mAh drop), the Note5 would prove less enduring than its predecessor, though there was obviously a glimmer of hope that Samsung will pull out yet another small miracle. Well, now that our strenuous battery life test has been completed, we can confirm that it did: the Note5 does better than the Note 4.

How much better, though? Well, not too much, but that's still something considering the drop in capacity — 9 hours and 11 minutes. That's nearly half an hour on top of the Note 4's score of 8 hours and 43 minutes. Of course, that's still below the extraordinary results the Galaxy S6 Active (3,500 mAh battery) achieved, or the Motorola DROID Turbo (3,900 mAh), but better than other competing, high-profile devices like the HTC One M9, the LG G4, and the iPhone 6 Plus.

That's not all, however, as the Note5's 3,000 mAh cell is also very fast to go back to 100% when charged using the included accessory in the box. We measured 81 minutes, which is extremely fast on the whole, and puts the Note5 at the number six spot in our all-time ranking. In fact, it's only Asus' ZenFone 2 (also a 3,000 mAh battery) which proves quicker in this particular regard. See for yourself:


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
Motorola DROID Turbo
10h 42 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
8h 43 min (Excellent)
Google Nexus 6
7h 53 min (Good)
Asus ZenFone 2
7h 34 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z3+
7h 15 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6h 32 min (Average)
HTC One M9
6h 25 min (Average)
LG G4
6h 6 min (Average)
View all

Charging time

minutes
Lower is better
Asus ZenFone 2
58
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
81
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
95
Google Nexus 6
98
HTC One M9
106
Motorola DROID Turbo
126
LG G4
127
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
171
Sony Xperia Z3+
189
Sony Xperia Z3
235
View all


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posted on 17 Aug 2015, 02:50 25

1. devon613 (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


oh happy day

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:22 11

17. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Wow great news. Just waiting for MKBHD and Fisher from PocketNow to confirm this.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:37 15

22. iusshpandeh (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


Michael Fisher is the best reviewer. (Period)

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 09:31 5

63. Aploine (Posts: 426; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


[At the second chart, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ doesn't appear by default
(at this moment). You have to find it in the drop down menu that shows only
two devices at a time, since is overlapped by the photos.]

If those phones had removable batteries they could be charged to 100% in
litteraly 10 seconds, on the fly, by removing the empty one and replacing with
a charged one. No waits and ready to go, no wallhugs.

Now you have to wait for a full charge at least 1h20' (by cable, with a new
battery, not a -let's say- 9 months old that isn't efficient any more like a new
one) and 2 - 2h30' wirelessly (with the new charger, not the one made for the
S6 / S6 edge that's 1+h slower)

Versatility, adaptability, efficiency, practicality, usefulness, common sense, went missing with the new Samsung logic. Or should I say old Apple logic?

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 10:23

96. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I agree!

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:54 9

28. manojmcn (Posts: 400; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


MKBHD is a nexus & ios fan. Diificult to expect from him honest opinion on Samsung models.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:59 13

29. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


You are wrong mate. Both of them are great reviewers (period)

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 04:13 3

33. manojmcn (Posts: 400; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


However good these tech guys are, they have slight favouritism to some companies. It may be based on the the opportunities and goodwill they receive from the manufacturers or may be their prejudice. One example is the Unbox Therapy guy, who was given screen time by Samsung during the launch event. Remember that guy ros to fame with iphone bendgate video, followed by proof that Note 3 fares far better than oher phones.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 04:04 7

31. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


That's not true at all. He lobes android, and yes he prefers stock android, but i never watched a video of him being biased towards or against a product.
He once said that his dream phone would be designed by HTC, with Samsung's camera and functionality, Z3's battery life, and stock android running on top.
I love Fisher's videos, but I enjoy MK's videos the most.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 04:37 2

35. Clars123 (Posts: 596; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


He is of the stock android variety..but he isn't as biased as you're trying to suggest.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 05:37 1

40. xdza1979 (Posts: 259; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)


MKBHD favourite Apple its not a secret.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 06:28 5

44. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Bs. If you ever watch him you would know that he is nexus and stock android fan...

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 10:52 1

75. T4rd_ (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


Yeah, I guess that's why he's been using the GS6 for the past few months as his main phone.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 10:58

77. dazed1 (Posts: 318; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


iOS? LOL.

posted on 01 Sep 2015, 06:16

101. raky_b (Posts: 101; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


they will confirm it if they measure as Phonearena does, with benchmarks. in real life, it it have 3+ h of SoT, it will be good.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 11:52

81. bkydcmpr (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Aug 2015)


really? click the dropdown and add s6 to the comparison. it listed s6 at 7'14", outperformed iphone 6 plus at 6'32", made this benchmark highly questionable. I don't own either of them, but from the reviews I had read, the battery life of s6 is not at the same level of iphone 6 plus at all.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 03:12

91. SlipKoRnSaad (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Aug 2015)


Totally, my GS6E was a nightmare, it lasted 10h at best with my usage patterns, i switched to an i6+ and it really easily holds 3 more hours.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 02:54 8

2. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Wait a minute, how come the Zenfone 2 charging time is only 58 minutes? Less than an hour? Seriously?

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 06:30 3

46. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


Something is wrong with their charging times.
I have Z3 and it never took 235 minutes to charge it. It is somewhere less than 2 hours.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 06:44 6

48. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


i don't know how they did the test.
but i'm sure, every devices i had never had the same or nearly as good as they benchmark results.

like Note 4, they wrote 8:43, on my case it's only 4~5 hours SoT, and it's with < 40% brightness.
no games, only browsing and texting.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 08:06

59. Zylam (Posts: 663; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


That's because apps on Android hog battery for no reason. Use wakelock Detector and see what's hogging your battery.

Just a few days ago I installed Facebook and it's messenger app, just installed, didn't even log in or anything and noticed my battery life took a hit. I usually get 5-6 hours of screen on time for about 1 day and 12+ hours of use, I use a hweuai y550 without a sim, just Wifi at home and tethering on the go and I'm a crazy basic user, just use chrome and Xbox smart glass and Hangouts, which is why I get such crazy battery life.. Anyway I installed those apps and my battery life was halfed over night, for no reason at all.

I used wake lock detector and it showed the Facebook apps kept waking the phone and tried to connect to the network for no reason at all, I wasn't even logged in to Facebook.

Android apps are the mess when it comes to battery life, just installing an app is enough for it to affect battery life.

posted on 01 Sep 2015, 06:21

102. raky_b (Posts: 101; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


they are mesuring with benchmarks, and SAMOLED screen does help much with that (don't use power for black), so in real life if you use phone, if you get 4h of SoT wit Note4 it is .....ok, it should have litlle more, but not even close 8 or 9h.
this one will have even les in real life,as S6 and S6edge does.
only Xperias have realy 7-9 h of Sot, and some chenesee smartohones with 5000+ mAh batteries

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 06:45 1

49. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I am guessing you have a fast charger? It is proven that the Z3 needs more than 4 hrs to fully charge when using the stock charger.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 06:55

53. Chris55505 (Posts: 8; Member since: 12 Jun 2015)


That's true. I am using Zenphone.It charges really faster.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 02:56 9

3. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Beast! Hopefully this reflects in the real world.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 02:56 17

4. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


And i have no doubts that it will get even better after Samsung releases it's first stability and performance update.
And this is for all the haters, who kept implying that smaller battery will translate to poor battery life.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 06:49 1

50. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


the hate is toward non-removable battery, you can easily get double, triple, that battery life with spare battery.

posted on 31 Aug 2015, 22:34 1

99. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 438; Member since: 26 May 2011)


When the current battery that's in the phone dies then I'll just take the spare battery out of the spare charger and insert it into the phone. As a result my charging time from a completely dead battery will be less than 2 minutes because that's about how long it will take me to swap the battery and power the phone back up.

posted on 01 Sep 2015, 06:27

103. raky_b (Posts: 101; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


removable battery can be changed by using powrbanks, but it's not same. Lary wrote wone reason why, and i will tell you it is not nice when battery expans itself and cause the circuit board to bend outwards in unibody phone.
i did see it,and it is not nice...

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 02:59 1

5. radhawnms (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Sep 2014)


Yep now i will buy that phone #unleash the beast#

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:01 8

7. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


I have been saying this since the phone was announced.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 07:06

54. darkkjedii (Posts: 19740; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


u getting one

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 10:14

66. Pattyface (Posts: 1518; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


After this battery news I may jump on a note 5.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:06 12

8. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


mAh is to battery life what fuel tank size is to distance travelled. It doesn't matter that much as long as you have efficient internals.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:19 4

15. Gulliver (Posts: 38; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)


Yes and NO... as when you are stuck in traffic with engine running for too long only tank size will matter. Efficiency is good but not enough. In other words if you are active user in 8 hours without power access for recharging you are done!!!

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 07:13

56. darkkjedii (Posts: 19740; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Good analogy

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 10:26 1

97. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


But now Samsung made it so you cannot swap in a FULL TANK anytime you want. You have to find a gas station to get a full tank again.

:(
:(
:(

posted on 31 Aug 2015, 22:37

100. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 438; Member since: 26 May 2011)


If I have to do that then I think I'll have to carry around a portable charger because that's as close as I can get to a spare battery. So for now I'll just stick with my Note 4 that I purchased just over a week ago.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:10 11

9. Shocky (Posts: 2250; Member since: 16 May 2012)


No surprise there then, but the haters will still moan.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:11 3

10. marchulya (Posts: 46; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


holycrash!!! just imagine there could have been 4000 mah accum as it was rumored before!

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:12 9

11. legiloca (Posts: 1205; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Note 4 can still outperform the Note 5 as it has removable battery.. Instant 0 to 100 after a few seconds

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:19 4

14. TerryTerius (Posts: 1539; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


It can, much in the same way that any given Range Rover is perfectly capable of off-roading in harsh terrain. It is a built in ability that only a very small number of users will ever actually take advantage of.

Probably the reason why LG is the only major manufacturer left on the planet that still has it. (Yes, Microsoft does too but not in flagships).

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:36 1

21. phonehome (Posts: 487; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


May you get 100 likes.

SO TRUE.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 05:34 2

39. xdza1979 (Posts: 259; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)


80 monutes FULL charge! Beat that.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 05:37 2

41. phonehome (Posts: 487; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


You tout it like it's 80 seconds.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 09:00

62. ph00ny (Posts: 1165; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Or carry a battery pack like i've been doing for last three years. I haven't really popped my battery cover to replace the battery since S2/Note1.

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 13:40

92. raptor102888 (Posts: 18; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


So I have to spend an hour or two with my phone tethered to a brick, AND I have to carry around said brick when I'm not using it? No thank you. I'll take my 0% to 100% in less than a minute any day.

posted on 23 Aug 2015, 10:28

98. NeXoS (Posts: 288; Member since: 03 May 2011)


True!

Battery mah is like fuel tank for a car.

Note 5 might have a hybrid engine and go farther on less gas, BUT you have to go find a gas station to refuel.

Note 4, you can pack a couple extra tanks in the trunk and go farther without having to find a gas station.

posted on 03 Sep 2015, 17:33

104. 486DX50 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Sep 2015)


Exactly my point, smarty! ;-)

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:13

12. Sidewinder (Posts: 409; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


That's could translate to a single days usage. Hmm but it would have really added some more screen time if they stuck with the same capacity as in note 4

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:20

16. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


I heard that the note 5 is averaging between 5.5 -6.5hrs of sot.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 05:58 3

43. maherk (Posts: 3420; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I checked a thread about the battery life on androidcentral, and people are averaging 7.5 hrs of sot

posted on 18 Aug 2015, 13:42

93. raptor102888 (Posts: 18; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Yes, but I can average between 8 and 11 hours of sot on a Note 4, with one reboot in the middle.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:26 4

18. Loubielou (Posts: 501; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


We got this news about the Galaxy S6 but its battery life now is Struggling to last a day,so it early days,Note 4 users do not have to worry about the battery life,but Note 5 users will be worried

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 10:33 1

69. j2001m (Posts: 2788; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Nope, it alway had crap battery over s5 but after the new uk sim free update the s6 edge is now way batter in battery than it was I reviews, so it as gone up and may go up again with new software, the battery is fixed in the same software update as the ram was fixed

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:31 1

19. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


According to your test s6 edge has a great battery life, yet everyone else is bi*tching about its battery life.

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:38

23. iusshpandeh (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


I want Note 5 Active with 4000 mAh battery! :D

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:53

27. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1989; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


lol this guy is dreaming..

posted on 17 Aug 2015, 03:50

24. Fellwalker (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


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posted on 17 Aug 2015, 17:10

83. Fellwalker (Posts: 305; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


What's happened to my post?
I asked - how realistic is 200 nits? Indeed, how can I set my phone to that brightness?

Could I use such a brightness outdoors? Probably not, bearingin mind my Nexus 5 is brighter (has more nits) than the note 5 yet often needs 100% outside .

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