Apple iPhone X battery life test comparison vs iPhone 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy

The Apple iPhone X comes with a brand new 2,716 mAh battery that takes a weird L-shape and it's clear that Apple has made the most of the available space to cram in a big battery cell. It's not as large as on Android phones, but it is bigger than the battery of the iPhone 8 Plus.

So what is the actual battery life on the iPhone X?

We have spent a few days with the $1,000 phone and we have run our battery test to get the numbers. But first, here is how the iPhone X battery size compares to other iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones' batteries:

In our experience, the iPhone X battery will last users even through those longer days, but you will still need to recharge your phone every night.

We experienced better battery life than what you get on the small iPhone 8, but not quite as good battery longevity as on the larger iPhone 8 Plus.

To confirm our experience, we ran a custom test that measures typical use of a phone. We do this tests for all phones that we review and we set the phones to equal conditions.

The iPhone X scored 8 hours and 41 minutes on our test, slightly better than the average score for a 2017 flagship phone. You can see how it compares to other major flagships in the chart below.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone X 8h 41 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10h 35 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 8 8h 37 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 7h 50 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 8h (Excellent)
LG V30 9h 34 min (Excellent)
Google Pixel 2 XL 8h 57 min (Excellent)

Another important aspect of the battery experience is the time it takes to charge the battery. The iPhone X does support fast charging, but it still ships with the old, "slow", 5-watt charger in the box. If you want to make full use of the new fast charge capabilities of the iPhone X, you need to separately buy the Apple USB-C power adapter ($50) and a USB-C to Lightning cable ($25). Alternatively, you will also get faster charging speeds if you use an iPad charger, but a USB-C power adapter is required for the full fast-charge capabilities.

We used the regular charger that comes in the box with the iPhone X, and here is how long it took to charge the battery from 0 to 100% using this charger.

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Apple iPhone X 189
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 178
Apple iPhone 8 148
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 102
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 99
LG V30 108
Google Pixel 2 XL 152

Yes, that's an excruciatingly long 3 hours and 9 minutes! Those slow speeds do not matter much when you leave your phone charging on the night stand, but if you need a quick battery top-up during the day, those speeds can be too slow.

The iPhone X also supports Qi wireless charging. It will work with most Qi-standard wireless chargers, but there is no wireless charger included in the box. To make use of this feature, you will need to purchase a third-party wireless charger. You can get one by Mophie or Belkin for $60 on the Apple Store, or get an even cheaper one for half this price from companies like Ravpower and Anker selling on Amazon and Best Buy.

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. haruken

Posts: 307; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Imagine waiting 3 hours to have your phone fully charged in 2017...

4. Kibzara

Posts: 124; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

that cost arround 1400$... just LOL

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I am going to wait and see if the fact that a 1000$ phone(1200eur in Europe) takes 3 hours to fully charge in 2017 is going to be added to cons in the X review.(I know it wont)

12. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Buy a fast charger, so simple....LOL

17. treypoundz

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Fast charger is not better and who wants to spend 150 for it. Shut to azz up

25. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It's already expensive so it should have quick charger out of the box. Is that very hard for you to understand or should we spell to you the words "luxury item"? People will shell out money expecting high-quality experience and buyers don't deserve to get robbed with that feeling.

30. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Still slower than the competition so don't waste your money.

32. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The thing is , you give over a $1,000 for a phone you shouldn't have to buy a fast charger. It should be in the box.

36. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Why isn't it in the box? Samsung puts a fast charger in the box. Its included in the S8 and Note 8 price. But you claimed the Note 8 wasn't worth $930, even though it had way betetr features over the iPhone 8 and still has betetr features over the iPhone X. Has a bigger display, higher resolution, certified by UHD Alliance for HDR content, supports HDR10, headphone jack, IP68, USB Type C, 6GB RAM, S-Pen and its features, no notch, better looking design (subjective), it supports wired and wireless fast charging, fast charger in the box, comes with premium headphones with braided cables and Apple could have included Beats X headphones in the box and didn't. After spending $999-$1400 for a phone, you shouldn't have to buy anything like a fast charger. Foolish kid!

38. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Piyath I dont have a rich parents to give me money just so I can simply go buy extra $150 for a freaken fast charger homie. You sounds like one of those silly kids begging mommy and daddy's hard work money to make Apple rich. Calm down and think of your parents please. They the one who will leaves you something for you when they dies. Not Tim Cook.

41. martinsv

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 28, 2017

using 12w adapter (15-19 USD) im waiting 95min, im satisfied

2. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

LG V30 best battery life.

5. w1000i

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

We will wait for U11+ to top every thing else

22. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

It can be But Just in your dreams

3. rdvn26

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 04, 2017

3 hrs to charge.... lol too bad for a 1000 bucks phone shame on u apple

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Ye but you get animoji.

9. Nopers unregistered

Why make it charge any faster when most people charge their phone overnight anyway?

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

My super fast charging has saved my ass tons of times. I had low battery and literally in 10mins I would get enough charge to make almost half the day.

18. treypoundz

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Not true. And u dont no because u never experienced it.

26. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Here we go again with the "I don't have it, it's useless...until I do have it" sheeple mentality...

39. rdvn26

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 04, 2017

You have to use super fast charge then comment again. its very useful feature.

11. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This will be soon fixed via a software update in the coming weeks for sure. 1821mAh Vs 2716mAh, iPhone 8 with LCD 8::37h Vs iPhone X with AMOLED 8:41h......LOL

13. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

So they say this beats the S8 and Note 8 in battery life? Really haven’t watch anything on this via YouTube but I will be sure to today.

15. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

it'll last 8h 41mins without using animojis for sure but wait until you start messing around with the animals it'll last lest I bet you.

16. dnomadic

Posts: 424; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This is interesting. Every video on YouTube has the iPhone x beating every phone with the exception of the one plus 5. And the S8 plus just barely behind it. You guys really need to fix your test. By the way I'm in S8 plus guy, but the iPhone x has great battery life from what I seen in tests.

19. treypoundz

Posts: 86; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Test dont prov ish. If its notbu using it.

23. dnomadic

Posts: 424; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

My usage (and I have a lot of Usage from my purchasing addictions) has mirrored test on youtube. Example: This past year, just like in the battery drain videos, My Iphone and Iphone 7 plus were trash for me (battery wise), LG G6 TRASH, S8 Plus simply amazing. My experience has been more in line with those test than the one's here. My Iphone 7 Plus NEVER lasted a full Day. Standby time is excellent on the Iphone. If your prioritize Standby time then Apple is King. I'm hard on a phone and the only ones that get me a full day have been Android devices with big batteries. given my experience I would side with other test (which can be observed). I think the Iphone x will have great Battery Life.

20. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

videos just show the screen battery use and a specific brightness .. that is inaccurate ... used many phones in my like including the iphone 6 the note 5 the htc 10 ... but the 8 Plus that i have now ... the battery is unmatched .. it easily doubles and of the phones above charging once every 48 hours for the past 3 weeks and im using social media like 4 hours a day at least ...

24. dnomadic

Posts: 424; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

True... But I'm basing it off the Videos and my experience. My Experiences have been that for my usage patterns, the Videos depicting battery drain have more closely aligned with my battery life.

28. TheOracle1

Posts: 2337; Member since: May 04, 2015

Click on the "view all" to see the full battery charts for all phones and you'll see the 8 Plus is waaaay behind many phones. Then compare it to the more reliable tests from GSMArena and you'll see that PA's tests are garbage.

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