10 flagship phones with the best battery life (May 2015)


The flagship phones crop for this and last season has already been all unveiled and accounted for. We have great phones to pick coming from all sides - Samsung, Apple, LG, Sony, HTC and the Chinese juggernauts like Huawei. They will all get the job done, and then some, so it's getting pretty hard to choose one as a daily driver. Given the rather negligible for the typical user differences in processing power, screen or camera quality among flagships these days, we wanted to rank them all by one of the most important characteristics that still makes a huge difference - battery life - helping you cut through the marketing fluff.

We've run all recent flagships through our standardized battery benchmark test already, and, unfortunately, it turned out that this season's crop doesn't represent any progress in terms of battery life compared to last season's, or even their predecessors that were out about a year ago at this time. The influx of premium unibody designs and Quad HD displays certainly took its toll on the progress of battery endurance, so last year's champs are still reigning supreme, at least until we measure what Sony will do next. Here are 10 of the current flagships ranked by their battery life - from the ones you can easily take on a weekend away from the charger, and still have juice left on Monday, to the ones that will simply make it through the day.

Battery life(hours)Higher is better
LG G46h 6 min(Poor)
HTC One M96h 25 min(Poor)
Motorola DROID Turbo10h 42 min(Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S67h 14 min(Average)
Sony Xperia Z39h 29 min(Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note48h 43 min(Good)
Xiaomi Mi 48h 32 min(Good)
Huawei P87h 12 min(Average)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus6h 32 min(Average)
Google Nexus 67h 53 min(Average)
Charging time(hours)Lower is better
LG G42h 7 min
HTC One M91h 46 min
Motorola DROID Turbo2h 6 min
Samsung Galaxy S61h 18 min
Sony Xperia Z33h 55 min
Samsung Galaxy Note41h 35 min
Xiaomi Mi 42h 6 min
Huawei P83h
Apple iPhone 6 Plus2h 51 min
Google Nexus 61h 38 min

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