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Step aside, Sony Xperia Z3, the Motorola DROID Turbo is the new king of flagship battery life

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Step aside, Sony Xperia Z3, the Motorola DROID Turbo is the new king of flagship battery life

When just a little over a month ago the Sony Xperia Z3 passed through our custom battery life benchmark with flying colors, it earned itself the title of the ultimate flagship endurance king. But a lot can happen in a month when we're talking about as competitive an industry as the mobile one, and, sure enough – the Motorola DROID Turbo happened.

Get a hold of this, folks – Motorola's insanely spec'd out new flagship clocked the amazing 10 hours and 43 minutes on our trying battery life test – more than any other high-end model we've tested, ever. In fact, the only two devices that are more resilient are the ZTE Max and the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, both of which are significantly less decked out. This puts the DROID Turbo ahead of the Xperia Z3 (9 hours 29 minutes) and even the Xperia Z3 Compact (10 hours 2 minute). What's more, this results gives the Turbo a solid lead on other Quad HD smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (8 hours 43 minutes) and the LG G3 (6 hours 14 minutes).

So how did the Turbo do it? Well, Motorola obviously did a commendable job picking up a power-efficient Quad HD screen, and we suspect a fair amount of optimizations were also carried out on the back end, but we obviously have to also address the fact that it packs an enormous, 3,900 mAh battery. Sure, that does come at the expense of thinness (the Turbo is 0.44 in- / 11.2 mm-thick), and this could very well be a deal-breaker, but we suspect quite a few people will be more than willing to overlook that considering what they're get in return. Now, just imagine if the Turbo had a 1080p screen...

Last, but not least, the otherwise massive cell inside the Turbo needs only 126 minutes, which is pretty impressive, considering its size. Take a look and, if you haven't done so yet – waste no time and go check out our in-depth review of the Motorola DROID Turbo.

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 Note 4
8h 43 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)
Motorola Moto X (2014)
5h 45 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6
5h 22 min (Poor)
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Charging time

minutes
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
95
LG G3
120
Samsung Galaxy S5
122
Motorola DROID Turbo
126
Apple iPhone 6
147
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
171
Motorola Moto X (2014)
176
HTC One (M8)
207
Sony Xperia Z3
235
View all


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posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:54 12

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


All hail turbo !!

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:00 2

5. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


thats why it is called TURBO :) the processor,the battery,the screen.camera,OS....every important thing demanded by consumer is dead on

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:08 1

8. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


There is nothing in this phone apart from the batterylife worth talking about.

That too you have to consider the fact that the screen is so dull, it makes the batterylife numbers worthless.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:55 8

18. Finalflash (Posts: 2791; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Doesn't matter, the race to the top of the battery charts has begun in the Android world. With project Volta the battery life should increase another 20-30%. I haven't charged my nexus 5 in 3 days and with light use it is at around 40% right now. Each year is better than the last in the Android camp.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:21 3

30. SupermanayrB (Posts: 459; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


LOL! Okay.........

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:40 2

33. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


Really? How about speed, display, and build quality that beats just about every phone on the market right now. I just bought one yesterday and the screen is not dull at all. The numbers in the lab do not translate well in practical use. I found the screen to be very bright.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:41 2

46. lebigmac506 (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)


Lol you think a 5.2" QHD OLED is dull?
You must be joking.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:03 2

6. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Moto is getting back to their days..... Good to see moto is improving a lot.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:40 4

13. irellemot (Posts: 109; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


I don't know. I find the xperia z3 much more impressing.
It manages to keep a very slim build and roughly the same front size as the Turbo, and has "Only" a 3100 mah battery.
It still gets 9.5 hours, compared to the 10.6 the droid gets.

Considering the droid is ~60% thicker, the capacity is not impressive at all.
If the Z3 was the same thickness as the turbo, it could be packing a insane 4900mAh battery given the extra room, possibly even more given that there would be 4mm of extra space above where the SOC would be.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:42

15. irellemot (Posts: 109; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


And given that, thickness, the Z3 would have over 15 hours of battery

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 14:40

50. dimas (Posts: 1968; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


They should really kill this QHD and brittle thin trend. It will make production cost cheaper with more room for other hardware improvement. We need more battery life with average thickness devices that people can have a good grip with.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 16:09

51. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


I don't think it will make the production cost cheaper, those screens must be cheap as hell, maybe even the 1080 is more expensive than the QHD, I dont know how screens are made in factorys, but you cant just say one screen is cheaper than the other.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 18:51

55. bur60 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


True but dont forget about the QHD screen.

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 05:10

58. FarmerStyle (Posts: 37; Member since: 17 May 2014)


don't forget about the brightness . The DROID Turbo's maximum brightness is only 248 nits . That is the main reason for long battery life (Z3 713 nits)

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:07

40. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


How is it a king when it's only availble on Verizon? It won't sell much if VERIZON KEEPS HOGGING THE BATTERY life from Moto.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:56 8

2. harvardale (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


The fact that the Turbo has THAT much bigger of a battery than the Z3 and only gets another hour is kind of disappointing. Was this test done after the day 1 update was installed?

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:58 8

3. lalalaman (Posts: 631; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


QHD perks;)

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:09 5

9. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


And a display which is wrong in all places.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:22

31. SupermanayrB (Posts: 459; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


So you're just trolling to hate on this phone.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:42

34. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


The display is great. Do you have one or are you just pulling things out of your arse? The display is absolutely beautiful with zero pixelation and it is plenty bright.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:45 2

16. tnuc2014 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


QHD...the display technology for people who hold their phones 1 inch from their face

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:04 3

7. kanagadeepan (Posts: 916; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


I think you forgot that Droid Turbo has higher speed processor (2.7GHz Quad vs 2.5GHz Quad) and extra high resolution display (QHD vs FHD) also...

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:10 1

10. saffant (Posts: 272; Member since: 04 Jul 2011)


At 11.2 mm thickness, this phone is able to fit only a 3900 mAh battery in its bulky chassis.

Note 4 is 3220mAh at only 8.5mm. And it gets just 2 hours less than the DROID turbo. Had the note 4 been 11.2 mm or so, it'd easily have had a battery at 4000mAh, then that would be an intriguing comparison.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:35 1

12. DogeShibe (Posts: 1111; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


This not how it works , this is not how any of this works

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 09:38 2

25. nomancool (unregistered)


you are not considering the length and width of the phone , note 4 is one BIG phone , and this phone is smaller .

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:43 2

35. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


It is not bulky at all. I don't even notice it in my pocket.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:31

45. Hyperreal (Posts: 223; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


only 3900??? what did you do on math class? how much higher and wider is the note 4??? So you are an engineer and know exactly how big battery they COULD fit if note was thicker??? Sorry, but they didnt.

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 05:14

59. FarmerStyle (Posts: 37; Member since: 17 May 2014)


I think you forgot that Droid Turbo's brightness maximum is only 248 nits (Z3 713 nits )

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 07:58 4

4. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 335; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Wow! QHD screen, and the battery life was over 10 hours!. wow! again :)

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:41

14. roldefol (Posts: 4098; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Only by virtue of the humongous battery. Not that that's a bad thing - at least Motorola matched the processor to the screen to the battery so there's no real compromise.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 09:17

20. DeusExCellula (Posts: 1084; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


The QHD screen is horrible on this phone check out the review

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 09:37

24. rd_nest (Posts: 1591; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


When the display is dim (half bright as other phones), such numbers are expected. A bright screen like rest of the phones will make this useless.

Also other tests have found the batterylife not so amazing.

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/droid-turbo-battery-life,news-19846.html

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:25

32. SupermanayrB (Posts: 459; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Yea, but what matters most is how it works for who's using it. If you don't plan on using it, what you have to say doesn't matter.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:20

11. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2155; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


They need to release the X Play/ International version so I can buy one. No Band 17 for ATT on the VZW version.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 08:46 1

17. tnuc2014 (Posts: 224; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Thick and ugly compared to the Z3. Would much rather have the Sony flagship.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 09:43 2

26. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This slaps the Z3 in every single category.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:01 2

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


If Droid Turbo slaps Z3 in every single category than Droid Turbo surely F**ks galaxy S5 and alpha in every single category (+ in various positions).

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 16:14

52. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Without a doubt. Idk why you felt the need to type that comment lmao. You mad?

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 16:54 1

54. Busyboy (unregistered)


Not quite Papa. Z3 has a much brighter screen than the Droid Turbo, so technically not in that category ;)

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:44

36. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


It's not thick or ugly.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 09:03

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


Z3 has only 3100 mah, while the other 3900 ;(, so u can imagine if sony made a 3900 mah. . :p

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:45 3

37. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


You could say that about any phone. But they don't have a 3900 mah battery the your point is moot.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 09:17

21. npaladin2000 (Posts: 165; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


The annoying part may be that the DROID Turbo is available ONLY on Verizon. The Xperia Z3 is available unlocked...though in the US it's available ONLY on T-Mobile so far, so it's not exactly in a LOT better shape. The longest-lived widely-available device may arguably be the Galaxy Note 4 until the Xperia Z3 gets more market penetration.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 09:18 2

22. amasog (Posts: 340; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Are u sure PA? Remember before you posted one article here that g3 beats the s5 in battery test. Then after a day or 2, you corrected your article saying s5 actually beats the g3.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 09:32

23. Thedefenitionofawesome (Posts: 51; Member since: 04 Sep 2014)


I thought the z3 compact already had ll hours? Remember the article at phonearena saying that the z3 compact was the king of battery life? Why is the phone not in the comparison chart? I swear they said this site once wrote an article about the z3 compact's 11 hours battery life

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:06 4

28. tkk76 (Posts: 19; Member since: 03 Oct 2014)


Stupid marketing ploy. Use a 1080P (or even a quality 720P) screen, and then they could have decreased cost, size and weight and gotten the same great battery life. Give me one reason why in normal use a 5.2" quad HD screen is better than a 1080P screen?

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:47

38. DocOc (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Apr 2014)


The display truly does look very nice. Can't see a single pixel. Videos are amazing. And if it was 1080P people would be complaining that it has old specs.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:15 1

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


If it were a 1080p screen, it would have got a much better endurance, 10hrs is really nothing special for a battery of that size. Z3 has 9hr endurance with a much smaller 3100mah battery.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 14:33

48. dimas (Posts: 1968; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


True. If it had not been QHD, it will last longer and it won't need too much optimization. Come update it with Android L and it's pre-installed optimization softwares will go bonkers.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:27

44. roldefol (Posts: 4098; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Motorola tried to play the "good enough for most users/specs don't count, it's the experience that counts" with the Moto X last year. They got an eyeful of "midrange specs" and were left with a very good but pretty much ignored flagship.

Market position can count more than the user experience.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 10:09 1

29. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


so no retest? the first test is okay because it's as expected? when the z6 compact reached 14 hours you had to test it again because it was way above expectations?

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:11

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


Duh, Because 10hrs isn't a surprising/too-good-to-be-true score for a 3900mah battery.

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 03:39

56. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


duh, you didn't get the point. so what if it is actually better than that?

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:06 1

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


Well that's an impressive score for sure, but I won't call it outstanding. The battery is way larger than Z3, and S805 is supposedly more efficient than S801. Obviously the QHD screen is a juice sucker. I still stand in "QHD as a overkill" camp.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 11:11

42. EspressoBrownie (Posts: 13; Member since: 08 May 2014)


Barely better. Thicker phone, bigger battery does not make it the king of the hill. Every phone on that list except the moto is slim. A little more than Z3 and Z3c isn't impressive at all.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 12:52

47. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)


Why the h3ll people comparing this with z3c? That thing has smaller display & smaller screen resolution. Case Klosed.

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 14:35 1

49. dimas (Posts: 1968; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Didn't you read the whole article? They're just comparing the battery life, not the whole hardware. Improve your english: *hell* *closed*

posted on 31 Oct 2014, 16:53

53. Phonedingo (Posts: 388; Member since: 16 Aug 2014)


This is a great phone, but I don't believe that it's head and shoulders above the others. Its camera isn't better than other flagships, its audio output is just okay and the battery while better than others isn't dramatically better. Just goes to show that better specs doesn't necessarily equate to a better phone/experience.

posted on 01 Nov 2014, 03:42

57. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


and it's very thick

posted on 02 Nov 2014, 22:29

60. rustic (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Nov 2014)


If these Sony phones are built anything like their TVs... Total junk!!!! I looked at a Sony in the phone store NOT impressed!!!

I just purchased a turbo two days in between charges.

Plus it will not bend and/or start on fire in your pocket.

Not only will the turbo last two will fairly heavy use it also charges remarkably quick.

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