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Sony Xperia Z2 battery life test indicates great longevity

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Sony Xperia Z2 battery life test indicates great longevity
There it is, the Sony Xperia Z2 has passed through our battery test with flying colors, finishing with a result of 8h 10 min - the best for 2014 flagship! For those who don't know, our battery test runs a custom-made script on the phone, and it's specifically designed to replicate real-world usage. 

Of course, while it's not perfectly representative of real life usage (as any other synthetic benchmark), it does give a relatively good idea of what to expect from a certain handset in the battery life area, especially when compared to other handset. It's always a good idea to keep in mind that battery life experience can greatly vary from user to user, due to different usage patterns and intensity, but all in all, it's hard to argue with numbers, and the Xperia Z2 has given us just that - indisputable proof that the battery it packs is a real marathoner!

Meanwhile, it seems the time it takes to charge the Xperia Z2 is fairly standard, which is to say that it's slower than some more forward-looking phones, like the GS5 and the Oppo Find 7a, which obviously employ techniques that allow them to fill up their tanks significantly faster.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage.

Time
Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Excellent)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Excellent)
LG G2
6h 48 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Average)
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Charging time

minutes
Lower is better
OPPO Find 7a
82
Samsung Galaxy S5
122
HTC One (M8)
207
Sony Xperia Z2
212
View all

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posted on 19 May 2014, 02:03 9

1. drunkenjay (Posts: 66; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


yeh the xperia z2 is a beast on battery life. i charge my phone once every 3/4 days.

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:07 1

2. techperson211 (Posts: 611; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


The battery and screen are greatly improved at least Sony listened to customer in changing its screen to IPS. Not surprised about noise cancellation and front speaker they're more than capable of doing that since Walkman days. Waiting for z2 compact and Z3.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:31

47. lallolu (Posts: 231; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


They did not listen to customers, they just do not have any choice if they want to sell well. I wxpwcted them to have stopped using their TFT battery sucking screen after xperia z.

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:10 3

3. FoneAddict (Posts: 202; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


GSM Arena battery tests confirm it has amazing endurance way to go Sony!

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:10 15

4. rd_nest (Posts: 769; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Still less compared to S5 even though it has much bigger battery. Sony can't optimize properly.

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:17 18

6. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 117; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Really? Gsmarena, pocketnow, btekt, techcloud proved the otherwise.

Considering the unprofessionalism of phonearena, I don't really trust it

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:23 11

7. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


Not because someone doesn't share the same opinion as you have doesn't mean they are unprofessional. But you saying that makes you one.

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:30 11

8. pwnarena (Posts: 891; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


tests are not opinions

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:41 4

12. hari120 (Posts: 21; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Depending on how you use it maybe Z2 has better standby or voice call time. So maybe thats why it got such an endurance in Gsmarena test. Sure someway I feel PA's custom test isnt that accurate.

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:45 6

13. pwnarena (Posts: 891; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


no, gsmarena's tests showed that z2 outlasts the s5 in all the areas tested: standby time, video playing, call time, and web browsing.

maybe they have different units or maybe phonearena's script focuses on video playing more because z2 and s5's difference in video playing isnt' that great.

i remember one z2 owner who posted that his device has a 3400 mah battery. the specs sheet says the battery is 3200 minimum so some device may have bigger battery capacities.

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:38 2

20. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 117; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


No offense but, maybe that particular Z2 owner mentioned the battery capacity wrong..

Battery capacity is one important aspect in phone specs, there is no way that sony.. Well.. Deliver battery lottery. Because if they do, there would be hot outrage among insiders in xda and esato forums. But there are absolutely no discussion among the insiders whatsoever.

Xperia Z1 had a display lottery, some of the units has the same low contrast ratio of 1:700, bad viewing angles as the Xperia Z. The other units are shipped with good contrast ratio of 1:1500 and better viewing angles. Insiders and developers are well aware of Z1's display lottery.

In Indonesia, Xperia Z1 units in Jakarta have good display, but the units in Bandung have the same display as Xperia Z.

Understand what I mean?

posted on 19 May 2014, 04:33 1

27. pwnarena (Posts: 891; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


well that's what appeared on his display. no tearing down happened. just the indicator saying so. not a topic we should be arguing about :)

let's forget the horrible z and z1 now. let's just celebrate sony has finally learned and is listening to customers.

posted on 19 May 2014, 04:54 3

30. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


That's bulls. Samsung had a minimal hardware upgrade for the GS5 for a reason: To emphasize the practicality of its features. Sony had a horrible failure in both the Z and Z1, and the Z2 hasn't even made a big jump. If Samsung just followed the hardware upgrades they were doing to the S series the S5 would have made the Z2 seem like a joke. And face it the Z2 doesn't have one outstanding feature it can offer compared to the S5. As the year progresses Z2 will lose even more sales due to the G3, Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6. And face it again; even if there was a Z3 this year it wouldn't stand a chance against any of the big boys in town.

posted on 19 May 2014, 06:44 3

33. refillable (Posts: 634; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


There is always something that Sony will deliver better than Samsung, and that is design and cool 'brand name'. Yes, common people took those things as a big deal. As far as the camera goes, some people might like the S5 camera's better, but counting the more natural colours and low light, I can conclude that the Z2 has a better still camera overall, although that's not supposedly what other people thinks. By no means that I want to say the Z2 is better than the S5, but They've something. They're catching up. With all the failures with the Z and Z1, I hope they're not doing the same with the Z2. You know, they're a big company and will not slouch that easily. No leaked Z3 stuff at all here, so we can't tell. Please stop stating claims that are completely blank and not backuped by any facts.

posted on 19 May 2014, 10:45

40. Odiin (Posts: 229; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


+ Well said dude.

posted on 19 May 2014, 18:44

44. marcski07 (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


you know what really grinds my gears, people complaining about viewing angles, who on earth is using their phones on top, bottom, side view and not front facing?? I prefer bad viewing angles, so is it's hard to peak on my screen to see who am i texting with or god knows what i'm doing, watching, browsing in my smartphone. others are adding anti-glare screen on their phone because for privacy purposes. If you want to watch a movie with your friends, plug it on your tv!

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:14 11

5. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 117; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Gsmarena is still more reliable for battery life tests.

I tell you, I got my Z2 two days ago... And I... Never been so in love with a phone before

My review:

Design: so sexy, elegeant, and sleek. Plus it has IP58 waterproof certification and camera shutter button, so perfect.

Overall Specifications: It has IPS 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 20.7MP camera, 3200mah battery.. Definitely top of the line specs

Screen: I am generally very pleased with the 5.2" IPS TRILUMINOS screen as it has wide colour gamut, pleasantly saturated colours, and excellent viewing angles.

UI: user interface is very elegant, simplistic, and simple. And addition of user friendly features such as double tap to wake, bring to ear to answer calls, glove mode, pencil stylus, etc input are great and very much appreciated.

Camera: The image quality is one of my most important aspects in terms of reviewing a phone. And thankfully, I am very astounded with the image quality. It has plenty of detail, even in low light. Great spot on exposure, accurate colours, great dynamic range, and very good noise levels with no chroma noise and only finely grained luminance noise. In comparison, The camera of Xperia Z2 is able to totally obliterate the best 13MP cameras such as galaxy S4 and note 3. And it even beats galaxy s5 by quite a lot of margin in indoors, night, and low light shots

4K video recording: Very great. Astonishing details, accurate colours, and very good stabilization

Multimedia experience: PERFECT. The dual stereo speaker quality is greater than any smartphone out there and second only to HTC One M8. Understandable though because Z2 has waterproofing which has some effect to speaker loudness & quality.

And I am fortunate enough to get the digital noise cancelling headset. The quality really is awesome, I tested it in the noisiest of all environments such as streets where a lot of cars & motorcycle go by and I can't hear them, the only thing I heard is the music I listened to.

Walkman app is eyecatching and user friendly as it has the functionality to edit music info & album arts, and to comfortably arrange a playlist.

Video watching app is great as well. Very good cinema like looking.

Album app is great. But I would like the ISO and Shutter speed to be displayed when I look into the details of the images captured by the camera.

Battery life: OUTSTANDING! Xperia Z2 is also easily the best when it comes to battery life. The endurance rating is much better than galaxy s5, HTC M8, galaxy note 3, and even LG G2. No matter how heavy I use my Z2, the battery can never drain in a day. That kind of battery endurance is simply unheard of in smartphones these days, very outstanding indeed.

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:01 6

15. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3016; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Is that you, Kazuo Hirai?

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:24

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3206; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Nah man this wasnt as great as Satya nadella lol

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:43 1

22. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3016; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I decided I shouldn't tell him via blog post that he is Kazuo's lovechild and had to fall back to the old joke. Sorry, man :)

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:54

25. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 117; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Lol, there ain't even a trace of japanese name in my account here, but*hurt samsung fanboy.. I use my real name here

posted on 19 May 2014, 04:40

29. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


So according to your logic, I'm not from the North Pole cause "there ain't even a trace of" Santa Claus "name in my account here, but*hurt" Sony fanboy.. "I use my real name here"

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:41

21. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 117; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


LOL, Nope. Just a consumer from Indonesia, thanks.

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:29 5

19. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


So any tests that satisfy your fanboyic mind is professional and any tests that does not satisfy your Sony pride is unprofessional

Get the hel* outta here man and go to your beloved GSMArena

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:52 3

24. FaisalWibowo11 (Posts: 117; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Looks like you're lacking the information of which sites are professional, and which are not.

Gsmarena showed scientific real world tests such as HD video endurance, talk time, and browsing endurance.

Pocketnow, btekt, techcloud, shares videos on youtube with detailed breakdowns of REAL WORLD USAGE!

phonearena? They said it themselves, don't they?,

"our battery test runs a custom-made script on the phone, and it's specifically designed to replicate real-world usage. Of course, while it's not perfectly accurate.. blah blah blah"

And i'm not as fanboyish as you think. I admit that sony hasn't made battery economic smartphones before 2014.

Z1 has average battery life for a device with a 3000mah battery until kitkat update fixed it.

Z ultra? Pretty bad

Xperia Z? I owned it before I purchase Xperia Z2, and Xperia Z battery life is pretty lousy, it took only 5-6 hours to drain it

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:17 2

38. Cicero (Posts: 360; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Have you ever take a look on the posts on phonearena? You will see how tech educated (OR NOT) are readers there. So go enjoy your comrades there!

posted on 19 May 2014, 20:35

45. wilsong17 (Posts: 900; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


fan boy point of view i guess you forget the ultra power saving mode on the s5 and i can get better battery life on my note 3 than the s5 or your sony

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:31 5

9. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


So S5 is the best balanced one. Pretty good Samsung.

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:35

10. pwnarena (Posts: 891; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


how different are the units phonearena and gsmarena have?
gsmarena's z2 unit easily bests the s5 in web browsing, video playing, and 3g calls. even the z2 standby time is better on the z2 as gsmarena pointed out. how could the s5 still edge the z2 here? what does the script specifically test?

well, i'm not trying to contest the results. i'm just wondering what are the specific operations the script is testing.

however, considering that the lg g2 does not have that much of edurance on phonearena's tests, it's obvious the operations being tested are totally different.

posted on 19 May 2014, 09:35

39. buccob (Posts: 1424; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Probably run on different browsers...

I too think GSMArena scores makes better sense, give better understanding and are more accurate

posted on 19 May 2014, 02:40

11. pwnarena (Posts: 891; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


aren't all these devices supposed to have faster charging time since the snapdragon 801 claims to support fast charging?

http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/801

posted on 19 May 2014, 15:25

42. nasznjoka (Posts: 339; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


if there's any tech site that i find biased, is GSMARENA they are the only one who put the NOKIA XL on the front cover, now in stores, etc. Who the h*ll reviews a mediocre phone like nokia x and put on the front page for months in this rapid accelerating world of gadgets? bias

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:00 1

14. FarmerStyle (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 May 2014)


Are you kidding me ? Samsungarena

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:08 1

16. pwnarena (Posts: 891; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


enough of the accusations :) so by the time they rate the iphone higher, they suddenly become i phonearena? haha

let's just accept the fact that the site has several authors. each of them has their own preferences, biases, or maybe lack of effort in keeping things objective. at least we're seeing numbers and not just some conclusions like what other sites post.

(note: i-phonearena without the dash is a banned term. haha. samsungarena isn't? what kind of bias is this? hahaha)

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:26

18. T-rex (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 May 2013)


Haha! you just made my day. I logged in just to like your comment

posted on 19 May 2014, 03:47

23. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3016; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"let's just accept the fact that the site has several authors. each of them has their own need for bribe money. so they sell their services to different brands and charge different price depend on what spin is needed."

FTFY.

posted on 19 May 2014, 04:29

26. mawhob2222 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Hhhhhhh samsungarena

posted on 19 May 2014, 04:35 2

28. ama3654 (Posts: 249; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


S5, the best all rounder, Z2 doesn't bring anything new to the table to compete...S5 has a much better camera and now a better battery endurance even with a smaller capacity, no surprises with the sales figures.

posted on 19 May 2014, 05:55

32. mawhob2222 (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Not better I have S5 and bad smartphone , I will buy XPERIA Z2 Now
RAM 3
battery 3200
Cam 20.7MP
Display LED
I have problem with cam for S5 and with design

posted on 19 May 2014, 17:01

43. Tizen007 (Posts: 516; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


You have the S5??

I have the Xperia Z245

posted on 19 May 2014, 05:51 3

31. twens (Posts: 617; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


People forget how important it is to charge your battery quickly. Gs5 delivers here again. I have an iPhone 5 now since my note 3 got stolen. I miss Samsung every single day. Saving to get myself the s5. This phone is simply a complete package. Go to hell sony fans.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:10

34. FCB-Eto (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)


I would like to know what this custom script entails because every other tech site has gotten more out of the Z2's battery than the S5's I think phonearena should keep the phone and test it at max performance and see when it shuts down something similar to real life usage rather than a script.

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:19

35. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6448; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


And people complain bout Sony phones battery life

posted on 19 May 2014, 07:24

36. skatrdie0 (Posts: 34; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Hey phone arena please post the updated battery results of the lg g2 it's well above galaxy s5 and z2

posted on 19 May 2014, 08:30

37. vuyonc (Posts: 228; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Can't we all just be glad that these fine flagships surpassed last year's phablets?

posted on 19 May 2014, 13:26

41. pureviewuser (Posts: 137; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)


Hey I'm all for nokia and ms but I must admit the z2 is outstanding well done sony keep them coming you're doing excellently.

posted on 19 May 2014, 20:44 1

46. wilsong17 (Posts: 900; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2752193

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