Tablets with the best battery life
We have a new kid on the battery endurance block, and it is Samsung's Galaxy NotePRO tablet. The huge 12.2" slate has an equally impressive 9500 mAh battery, that kept it ticking for nearly nine hours on our demanding battery test. That's more than any other phone or tablet we've tested so far, so we thought we'd share the festivities.
Android tablets are generally expected to last between 8-10 hours of watching HD video on a charge, at medium brightness. Apple's iPads manage to clock 10-12 hours in the same scenario. Until recently, Windows-based tablets were lagging far behind in battery endurance, but with the advent of Intel's new Atom, and mobile Haswell architectures, they managed to almost close in on Android slates.
The NotePRO, however, is in a league of its own, when it comes to battery endurance, and if you want to know the next few tablets in the battery champs category, check out the slideshow below. There are a few new tablets yet to be tested, so these results might be rearranged pretty soon, too.
Despite the huge 12.2" display, with breathtaking 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, the NotePRO managed to clock 8 hours and 58 minutes on our endurance test. We chalk this off to the fact that Samsung had a large chassis to play around with, and managed to stuff a giant 9500 mAh battery in the slate.
With 8 hours and 38 minutes, Apple is breathing down Samsung's neck, when it comes to tablet battery life. This score is even more impressive, when we consider how thin and light the 9.7" iPad Air is, yet Apple still managed to stuff an 8820 mAh battery in it. When you open the aluminum chassis, the insides of the iPad Ait are basically one giant battery pack.
Having a smaller screen than the iPad Ait, but with the same resolution, means a higher pixel density for the iPad mini 2. Still, the munchkin scored just ten minutes shy of the big brother, at 8 hours, and 28 minutes. Considering that both iPads are in our "thinnest tablets" list, too, we can only say kudos to Apple's engineers, for crafting such lasting aluminum slates.
Its screen resolution is not very impressive, at 1280x800 pixels, but the 8-inch version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3, managed to stay above the six-hour mark in our battery test, squeezing in 6 hours and 17 minutes of screen-on time, with its 4450mAh battery.
One of the best tablets for last year, the world's thinnest Xperia Tablet Z, arrived almost at the six-hour mark, during our screen-on battery tests. Our trials are pretty demanding, though, so while simply watching a movie on the 10" Full HD display of the Tablet Z, you can expect it to last close to 10 hours with the 6000 mAh battery, exactly as Sony cites in its specs list.
LG's first 8-inch tablet has a thin and pretty design, a Full HD display, and a 4600 mAh battery pack. It's not at the top of the battery endurance list, but with screen-on time north of five hours in our test, the duration is decent, and it is also one of the most affordable small slates with such screen resolution, that you can buy.