This iPhone 11 Pro Max review graph tells all about its record battery life

This iPhone 11 Pro Max review graph tells all about its record battery life
During its iPhone 11 keynote presentation, Apple mentioned that the new handsets have greatly improved battery life across the board. This time around Apple wasn't satisfied with just optimizing the hardware and software, but actually put bigger battery packs inside.

Made by Amperex, they sport different, high-voltage chemistry, with the biggest capacity percentage increase going to the most expensive iPhone 11 Pro Max. This one carries the highest capacity 3500 mAh pack on an iPhone ever, all the while it sports a more efficient A13 processor, and a more frugal OLED screen generation.

This may still seem a puny upgrade compared to Android phones that now routinely chase the 4000 mAh mark but let's not forget that Apple designs all three components - the battery, the operating system, and the hardware package, so it can juice out a lot more out of such integration. 

The result? 20 hours of video playback on a charge, according to Apple, which is a record for the iPhone franchise, and Apple is quick to point out how many more hours you can get out of the new Pro models compared to their predecessors.

Say what you will about Apple's marketing claims, but when it comes to battery life, its stats are pretty spot-on. Moreover, the first iPhone 11 family reviews are trickling down the pipe, and all who spent a few days with the phones now report a significant increase in battery life in day-to-day iPhone-ing. We'll be reporting on our own battery life tests soon but we found this anecdotal evidence out of TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino the most telling:

Although elaborate, this is still an observational reporting, mind you, and the phone in question is the 11 Pro, not the record-holding Max version. For this one, however, there is now a tangible evidence to back up Apple's credulity-straining battery life claims for the new iPhones.

As if re-christening his Twitter account to Pro Max wasn't funny enough, a Russian tech blogger posted his battery drain chart stats towards the end of a day spent reviewing the iPhone 11 Pro Max, and they are nothing short of breathtaking. For an iPhone, that is, as Android users with phones like the P30 Pro can routinely get even higher mileage from their flagships. 

Long story short, the Russian translation here states that the iPhone 11 Pro Max lasted a full review day on a charge with higher than moderate usage, and still had 35% left shortly before midnight. As you can see, that's with the whopping 9 hours of screen-on time, too, and some capacity left to tide you over a full night of sleep, and get you to work the next day, too.  

To top it all off, that's been with "gaming, an hour of YouTube, and recording loads of video." If you have been looking for finally an iPhone that has great battery life, the Pro Max is your thing, apparently.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • Display 6.5" 1242 x 2688 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 12 MP front
  • Processor Apple A13 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2650 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3969 mAh



2. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Iphone battery test on phoneareana always shows its the best. But youtube reviews show otherwise. I will wait for the youtube reviews thanks.

6. Frantisek

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 17, 2019

When you take any battery test on Youtube and recalculate it on normalized battery say 4000mAh, iPhone smokes any other phone thanks to efficiency. They were crippled only by small batteries. They were ok for normal usage but not to break test records. Thank to planned reversal charging that is not working well enough for Apple, users will enjoy tremendous uptake in working time.

12. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

If there is any 'crippling' being done, Apple has done it to themselves. No one is stopping them from putting a normal-sized battery into their phones. All the optimization in the world can't compare to simply putting in a bigger battery.

3. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Software and hardware integration is one of the best awesome feature of iPhone. A13 bionic chip + optimized apps = more battery hours. This is one of the reason why apple should not be compared to android mah battery capacity same with the ram.

13. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That is probably why they nixed reverse wireless charging, since they can't control that with optimization. The solution to this would have to put in a bigger battery.

4. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Android trolls triggered

5. wickedwilly

Posts: 723; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

We always hear the “better integration” line, but year after year In by far the majority of tests i Phones have average to poor battery life under medium to high usage. Even worse it is at the bottom end of the class for recharge times, despite having much smaller batteries to charge. iPhone users did not get the title “wall huggers” for nothing. Poor Battery life was one of the main reasons I left the iPhones behind many moons ago.

7. Tizo101

Posts: 566; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

My galaxy A70, gets about 10h30 on screen time... Still lasts me one day though. I literally do everything on my phone - I think with moderate use I can get 2 days without a problem.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31304; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

5 hours more than the Max, is just crazy. My Max already gets the best battery life I’ve ever seen, other than my Note 9, and it only wins by a hair. If this translates into real world usage, I’ll try one out, just for the battery and camera.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Loving my battery in my note 10+ Right now I am at 7 hours 53 min SOT with 48% battery left.

16. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2248; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple with this kind of battery life, just throw in the A13X for the Pro models. I couldn't imagine seeing 6000 single core / 22,000 multicore score in GB4. I wouldn't mind 9-10 hours of battery with the a more powerful CPU and GPU. Apple if you are listening....!!! 2020 iPhone Pro 12 with A14X (6500/30,000 GB4), 5nm, 8GB RAM, GPU (13,000 Metal), liquid cooling...20 hrs of battery life. Throw in Apple Pencil w/ Magnetic charge and bilateral as well.

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