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Surprise, surprise! The Note 4 defies expectations by acing our battery life test, becomes the longest-lasting QHD phone

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Surprise, surprise! The Note 4 defies expectations by acing our battery life test, becomes the longest-lasting QHD phone

When Samsung execs took up to the stage during the company's Galaxy Note 4 announcement event and made it clear that the Galaxy Note 4 will not come with a significantly larger battery, we were a bit worried. After all, a Quad HD display is pretty much guaranteed to require more out of the battery, and we had proof -- just look at the LG G3 and Oppo Find 7. Neither of those had horrid endurance by any means, but they weren't exactly industry-leading, either.

The 3220 mAh cell of the Note 4, however, despite offering an absolutely tiny 20 mAh bump from the 3200 mAh unit found within the Note 3,exceeded even our more generous estimates. We were expecting a battery life that was largely identical to its predecessor, but that's not at all the case -- the Note 4 clocked the impressive 8 hours and 43 minutes in our custom battery life test, which is a significant improvement over the 6 hours and 8 minutes the Note 3 managed a year or so ago.

So how do we test? Put simply, we run a script with varying loads that attempts to replicate real-life, non-stop usage, with the screen set to 200 nits. This means that the average Joe should be able to squeeze nearly 9 hours of screen on-time with the Note 4 going through a typical daily routine of calls, texts, browsing, and games. On average. In other words, expect the Note 4 to hold fast for at least a day and a half, and even more if you go easy on it and make sure to remember to turn on its excellent Ultra Power Saving Mode when low on charge.

Speaking of charge, we were also very happy to see that Samsung has delivered a device that supports truly quick charging -- the massive cell of the Note 4 needed just 95 minutes to charge. That's an absolute record for a juicer this big, and yet another piece of great new for those of us who consider the battery aspect of a smartphone to be a big deal.

We've got to hand it to Samsung -- it did good with the Note 4.

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)
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)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6
5h 22 min (Poor)
OPPO Find 7
4h 30 min (Poor)
View all

Charging time

minutes
Lower is better
OPPO Find 7
88
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
95
LG G3
120
Samsung Galaxy S5
122
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
135
Apple iPhone 6
147
Huawei Ascend Mate7
170
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
171
HTC One (M8)
207
Sony Xperia Z3
235
View all


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posted on 10 Oct 2014, 04:18 43

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


wow haters favourite is good in battery backup well done sammy

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 04:21 39

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


Note 4 proved again why Note series stands out of the rest.

It is just going to get better and better over the years. Well done Samsung...

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 04:30 102

5. Finalflash (Posts: 2790; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


What I am wondering is where all the haters are that keep saying Android is inefficient or even the authors when they say iOS is "well optimized"? Here is a phone that has about 10% more battery than the iPhone 6 plus with almost 50% more pixels on the screen and a bigger screen, lasting about 30% longer. That, on top of an OS that is more capable and dynamic without the upcoming addition of project volta. The term iPhoneArena is looking more and more true every day. They mentioned "well optimized" like 20 times per article on the iPhone release and reviews, yet not once in this article.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 05:03 26

18. dmakun (Posts: 315; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)


This comment is on point. +1 to you sir. My thoughts exactly.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 05:08 4

22. KonaStang4.6 (Posts: 174; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


I've gotten almost 12 hours out of my iPhone 6+ so yeah. Not trying to start a flame war, but these battery tests are flawed. I know that the Note battery is a beast but people don't want to recognize that the iPhone batteries aren't as bad as they are being portrayed.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 05:44 18

31. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


12 hours of light usage? Heavy usage? My z2 tanked a 4 hours drive with screen on, GPS navigation and blue tooth connect with a speaker. And there are days I don't use it a lot and last three whole days with 20% before I put it on charge. It's hard to gage what you are saying 12 hrs when you don't mention your usage :)

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 05:46 24

32. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


if your iphone churn out 12 hours in your hands then note 4 will easily last 17 hours with your type of usage, bcoz note 4 is 38% more as per above test.... no flaw in above test

hours 12+38.08% = 17appx

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:16 5

45. vuyonc (Posts: 990; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


No battery life test caters to real life usage perfectly. Tests usually work for comparison.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 07:17 13

61. tedkord (Posts: 10602; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This test is constant use with the screen on at all times. All devices are tested under the same conditions with the brightness.

I don't know anything about your 6 Plus, but I do know you didn't use it for 12 hours straight with the screen on the whole time.

That said, there will be variances from device to device, and differences in usage type will also affect battery time.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:42 11

75. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You have never used your phone for 12 hours straight. Keep it moving.

lol Leghorn Foghorn... Where is the Chicken Hawk when we need him...

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 09:23 1

77. synot (Posts: 277; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


You got 12 hours with the phone on ,but we are talking usage (heavy).

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 16:45 3

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


Bs I barely get 5 on my iPhone I hate it the most for that reason I leave it on the charger cause I have to i can't even watch a movie withoUT it being dead after . I coach so I'm always traveling I'm glad I preordered the note 4 but no way u getting 12 hrs...tired of phone arena celebrating every little thing apple does i mean I have a lot 3 os's and I'm sorry the only thing that I really like is some apps that the other 2 don't have but Def can't wait for this to ship to me..

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 22:30

122. billl (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


What 5 hour movie are you trying to watch?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 20:14 3

119. joey_sfb (Posts: 5408; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


With removable battery I could swap the battery and have a fully charged phone in seconds.

Well, Apple fan could spent another thousand dollar for the second iPhone and swap the sim card instead.

Make perfect sense.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 22:43

125. billl (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


Or you could bring an extra usb battery pack. But that would be crazy.

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 17:19 3

135. cybertec69 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


One the Note 4 or any other Samsung phone, you can swap the battery with a fresh one "a spare battery does not take up any space in your pants pocket, jacket or bag", tell me how you can do that with an iPhone. I am a FHV TLC driver, and 90% of my clients "that have iPhones" have that dreaded do you have a charger look on their face when they enter my car, I say yes I do, LOL.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 09:30 1

139. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8811; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Did you use your phone from 100% charge, NON-STOP until it died? I doubt it. Are you really going to sit their and lie and claim you used your phone non-stop with the display on constantly for 12 hours?

Sorry, I have serious doubts. Even with my usage, I have only managed to use my Note 3 non-stop watching a movie for only a couple hours. You want us to believe you used your phone for 12 hours?

Not only are ifans hypocrites, but liars too.

posted on 22 Oct 2014, 01:27

145. hmmm... (Posts: 78; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


I think your test is more flawed. In all testing, most things have to be kept constant (the type of programs running). I can get a week out of my feature phone or more than two days on smart phones if i only do messageng some light browsing and a few videos, but what I did with my phones does not count because many things were not kept constant for both devices.. Was your phone set at 200nits? Did you test other phones and run the exact same things? If no, how is your result better than the one here?

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 22:39

146. infinitemethod (Posts: 149; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I can get almost 48 hours with my Note 4, brah.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:11 5

66. Sakeem (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Well said. Maybe phonearena doesn't want to get banned from future Apple events or from having an early review device of the next iphone.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:40 6

74. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4813; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


My thing is why can't I see charging times for BOTH the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus?

Why are those stats omitted? What are they hiding?

+1

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 22:35

123. billl (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


Do you own an iPhone? With a name like superandroidevo one might suspect you were rocking an android. If you don't then why care? Or are you passionately defending the rights of stat watchers every wher?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 11:17 2

93. proto (Posts: 59; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


i must correct you... Note 4 have 2 times more pixels than full hd iphone 6+. But still 2k displayes are f**king overkill even o 5,7 inch display. How good battery life should been on 1080p?

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 09:36

140. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8811; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


First off, phones don't need 720p, they don't need 1080p and yes they don't need 1440p.

Let me ask you, in a where tech progresses fast, do you only buy phones with features you need?

Every car or phone and may other things I can name, have features you don't really need. Has it stopped you from buying it?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 20:58

120. kira_s (unregistered)


if the note 4 stuck with using a 1080p display and project volta added on, and using something similar to sony's z3 display settings resulting almost 2 days battery life, I wonder how long it will last!

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 22:27 1

121. billl (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


Did the iPhone touch you in appropriately when you were young?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 10:14 5

86. SayMobile (Posts: 94; Member since: 29 Jan 2014)


Samsung Galaxy Note4 the Greatest Smartphone till date .Period.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 22:40

124. billl (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


Hell yeah, and if you think there is a better phone then your opinion is wrong.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 08:35

137. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Z2 and Z3 are better Note 4 when you use them underwater :P But Note 4 is a great phone that's for sure :D

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 05:34 4

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Crispy article from Chris p

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:25 1

71. blitzkreig (Posts: 103; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


Hehe.. I saw what you did there.. Good one..

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 10:04 5

85. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


And people still hate on Samsung for having a plastic body. when Plastic is better than glass plus u can remove your battery and without being A WALL HUGER.

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 04:16

129. Ray.Sucks.Apples.Dick (banned) (Posts: 23; Member since: 10 Oct 2014)


What's a wall huger? Is it the biggest wall in the whole wide world...?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 13:27

107. lawsofeffect (Posts: 42; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


wow... my Huawei Mediapad X1 (Honor) easily makes 2 days with heavy, and I mean heavy use (and no mention of the Nvidia's lawsuit). I often make 3 and 4 days with just regular use.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 04:20 8

2. BUFFQREWBBQ (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2014)


Preordered and I plan on buying one or maybe two extra batteries, I can't wait for this phone to give me cancer.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 05:47 4

33. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


I will buy zero lemon or mugen power as an extra driver

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 09:54

82. DnB925Art (Posts: 962; Member since: 23 May 2013)


I have the ZeroLemon for my Note 2 and it is an incredible battery, basically 3 stock batteries in one! Only thing I miss with it is NFC, hopefully they can add NFC on the Note 4 batteries.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:10

42. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Never jinx yourself like that. The older you get the more you will understand.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:56 1

58. BUFFQREWBBQ (Posts: 46; Member since: 11 May 2014)


You're taking jokes on the internet a little too seriously right now.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:18 2

67. Sakeem (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


Joking about cancer is not funny though. It's a horrible disease to deal with.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 14:29 2

110. shahrooz (Posts: 712; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


You really believe in jinxing somebody? LoL

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 04:20 11

3. Industriality (Posts: 131; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)


Haters gonna hate...

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 05:48 8

35. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


not really, they will not hate for long.... slowly slowly they will start loving it

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 05:58 2

37. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1373; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Hate what? Competition is amazing and I love it. I respect how amazing note 4 is terms of battery life, camera and few other departments. That doesn't change the fact that it still looks and feels like a cheap phone. One department where Sammy cant? Wont? Improve. Even G3 plasticy phone looks and feels more premium. Thing is people like you cant appreciate something different and good. Its all about loving android and hating anything else.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 07:19 13

62. tedkord (Posts: 10602; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It neither looks or feels cheap.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 07:54 10

64. TheGenius (Posts: 339; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Lol .. you've obviously never seen this phone let alone touch it.

Haters haters everywhere.! :'D

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 08:19 2

68. Sakeem (Posts: 413; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


You've held the Note 4 already?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 09:56 7

83. DnB925Art (Posts: 962; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Have you actually held one in your hands or look at one in person? I went to Best Buy this past Wednesday and looked at the demo units (both the Note 4 and Edge) and they looked REALLY GOOD. Probably one of the best looking designed Samsung flagships since the S2.

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 16:50 1

134. willard12 (Posts: 1549; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


The back can be replaced with several different "non-plasticy" back covers. Since looks are an OPINION, you're pretty much pointless.

posted on 13 Oct 2014, 09:44 1

141. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8811; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Not only are you ignorant, you're blind too. Every blog has been raving on how the Galaxy Alpha and Note 4 all feel much more premium thanks to the fact it has a metal external frame. Samsung did keep the plastic back and many writers have had mix feelings because they don't understand why Sammy doesn't want to use a unibody design.

Because unibody doesn't offer option. I want my microSD support, I want to be able to change out a battery if needed(never have so far, nor have I purchased one yet) and I want to be able to repair my own phone in the event of a serious accident.

I know many iFans always claim people who talk about other phones, have never owned one, never touched one, never used one and have no plans of buying one. This sound exactly like you.

My question is, since you u have never held the Note 4, and you assume its cheap, how can you possibly be speaking on what you don't know? Also, metal I don't care what is claimed, is not a premium material. Its no more premium vs poly-carbonate.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:06

41. tusshharish (Posts: 342; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


do the test on lenovo vibe z2 pro then and get the result.............

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 12:24

96. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3883; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Or the Droid Maxx. I understand it's a carrier exclusive, but they've apparently never even done this test on that phone. Which is ridiculous considering battery life is one of the main selling points of it, and yet they've never put it to this test. Unbelievable.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 04:32 7

6. boosook (Posts: 1428; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Still behind the Z3! ;) Anyway, good job.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 04:38 7

11. Industriality (Posts: 131; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)


Tried the Z3, very good phone but the Sony bloatware is a real pain, and lacks flat and material design, they really need to update their UI and clean the mess.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 04:57 7

16. samub (Posts: 34; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


what a useless criticism , there is no android l anywhere ,when update come ui will become updated , and for bloatware sony isnt nowhere near samsung.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 05:07 6

21. Industriality (Posts: 131; Member since: 08 Sep 2014)


HTC and LG have very clean UI and only few bloatware, most of them can be removed without pain either

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 07:04 4

59. jellmoo (Posts: 1523; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


As I look at the sheer number of items I've frozen on my G3... You're kidding, right?

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:05 1

40. mixedfish (Posts: 1154; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Lol just like the below comment, what a useless criticism. HTC and LG are notorious for bloatware and Sony have been criticised for being too barren or featureless like stock android.

posted on 10 Oct 2014, 06:16 1

46. AppleJuice (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Behind Z3 but charges twice as fast. ;)

posted on 11 Oct 2014, 11:11

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


Tip: use a 2A charger on the Z3 and it will charge up to 90% in 95 minutes.

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