Phones with best battery life this year

Phones with best battery life this year
Which phone has the best battery life?

If you are looking for a phone that you know will last you through the longest of days or if you want to avoid buying a phone with poor battery life, you need to know those battery numbers.

We have tested all major new phones and we have found that battery life depends not only on the battery size, but on a number of other variables from software to display quality and other optimizations.

Of course, measuring battery life is complicated and it varies a lot depending on how you use your phone. For OLED screens, every single pixel matters and if you look at a picture with a lot of whites it would drain more than a photo with darker colors because every individual pixel consumes energy there, unlike the one backlight for the whole screen of LCD displays. And then there is standby that is a topic of a different discussion. Keeping all of these many disclaimers in mind, we ran our proprietary benchmark test that is the same across different devices and we have set the brightness of screens at the same level to keep things on equal terms.

Here are the results:

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Huawei Mate 20 14h 26 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS Max 9h 34 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS 8h 37 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XR 11h 1 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 8h 56 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 8h 5 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S9 7h 23 min (Good)
OnePlus 6T 9h 52 min (Excellent)
LG V40 ThinQ 6h 21 min (Average)
LG G7 ThinQ 6h 32 min (Average)
Google Pixel 3 XL 7h 39 min (Good)
Google Pixel 3 8h 22 min (Excellent)
Xiaomi Pocophone F1 10h (Excellent)
Sony Xperia XZ2 8h 54 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia XZ3 6h 4 min (Average)
Motorola Moto Z3 Play 8h 50 min (Excellent)
Honor 10 8h 44 min (Excellent)
*Note: you can add more phones to this list by using the "Add Phone" field above.

#1: Huawei Mate 20

The Huawei Mate 20 wins the title of the flagship with longest battery life this year.

It scored a whopping 14 hours and 26 minutes on our battery test, more than double the battery life of some other flagships and as much as 50% longer than even the better phones out there. It's a true battery beast that will last you the full two days off the charger, even if you use it a lot.

The Mate 20 also supports fast charging and comes with Huawei's SuperCharger in the box, which tops up that 

#2: Apple iPhone XR

The Apple iPhone XR might not be quite in the same league as the Mate 20 in terms of battery life, but it easily beats all other flagship rivals.

Its score of slightly more than 11 hours on our test shows that Apple has understated just how good the XR is in terms of battery life.

Will you be able to use this phone two full days off the charger? If you are not a heavy user, you could, but even under heavy use, we are impressed with battery life on the XR.

#3: Pocophone F1 / OnePlus 6T

The third place in our ranking is split between two excellent phones that coincidentally both offer incredible value for the money.

The Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi costs just $350 yet it has the same Snapdragon 845 chip as most flagships this year, and it features a massive, 4,000mAh battery that performs extremely well.

We are also happy with the way the OnePlus 6T shows up: it has a 3,700mAh battery that lasts a very long time and the phone is incredibly smooth and fast, at a starting price of just $550.



1. BillyBoy

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

2700 mAh battery, 11h 19min - Sony xperia XZ1 Compact - SD835

2. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Xperias they always disappear

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Xiaomi's phone also disappear from that list.. Xiaomi Mi Max 2 - 17h 22 min (Probably the best phone battery life phonearena ever tested) While it's not a flagship, but it's still a phone (check this article's title), and it also use the same processor as BB keyone.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7567; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Those are BS times. Especially since the S8+ and Note 8 can easily beat any iPhone 8 or iPhone X when it comes to battery. Even the Sony XZ1 can easily beat those iPhone scores. Ah iPhoneArena at it again.

23. chris2k5

Posts: 291; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

No my S8 and Note 8 die around 3 hours of usage. They explode.

49. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's most likely from you licking the glass and drooling so much. They're IP68, but that can only do so much.

47. mi1400

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 24, 2017

Awweee! u mean TomsHardware of phone world!!!.. they are renowned (atleast since 2004 i know) for biasness towards Intel (Pro Intel). AnandTech also now seems to be following this..

56. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Extremetech seems to be one of the few remaining that is pretty level headed about most issues. Anandtech has slipped a few times but they are still clinging onto being objective for the most part especially their phone reviews (however few they do).

64. darkwintercloud

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 04, 2017

"this year" Best Battery Flagship. THIS... YEAR... The Year we live TODAY, 2018, I think Ive made my point.

63. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

Even 23. That's my best on custom rom. But 17,5 can be easily obtained without any needs of lowering brightness below 50%.

75. sheyikojo

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 03, 2018

I do observe it too

3. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

And they still wonder why we don't trust their battery tests

8. libra89

Posts: 2313; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah that's weird that the XZ1 is there but the ZX1C is not. That doesn't make sense.

37. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

2350 mAh battery, 11h 04min - Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 - octa-core Exynos.

42. ch3mn3y

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

GSMarenas test says 15:57h video time So it would be TOP1 However with Mi Mix 2 they go 21:27h Seems to be more accurate

51. ullokey

Posts: 184; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

My Primary phone :) but you do realise it is from 2017 and rhis article is about 2018

52. torr310

Posts: 1696; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

My Mate 20 X has 14+ hours screen-on time.

68. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Please read the title of the article

4. notfair

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Finally we know the Huawei Mate 10 Pro battery life, I am saying this because it was omitted from several reviews if I remember correctly.

7. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

We have published the results as soon as they were available. There was a delay in publishing them because we could not run our test on our initial review unit and had to get the device anew to run the battery test.

28. chenski

Posts: 780; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

What about the regular mate 10 it is not on the list

70. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

When will you publish the Mate 20 Pro results?

5. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

HTC U11 and Razer Phone definitely has exceptional battery life. I was surprised when many didn't comment the HTC U11's battery life as one of it's highlighted features.

6. E34V8

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

I wonder why iPhones score high in PA battery tests, but in all real time battery test videos, where they are pinned against other flagships, iPhones always lose badly? Other tech sites also report average battery life. Hmm...

10. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Kindly refer to Comment No. 9 to see exactly WHY iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have crazy battery life; despite having relatively minuscule battery capacities. You're welcome!

30. E34V8

Posts: 110; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Hah. I have far more experience with both iOS and Android than you, don't worry. And not just as a user. You stumbled on the wrong person. Try to impress someone else with "forum and site knowledge".

43. Guaire

Posts: 893; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

They don't have crazy battery life. And most probably latest iPhones are relying on smaller cores for launching regular apps for saving some power, that's most probably why Android flagships beats them at most app speed test despite Apple's huge single core performance advantage. It's not that issue of latest iOS, it's issue of small batteries.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I don't think Android is ever going to beat iOS in terms of RAM management and power consumption. It just simply can't because it's a Desktop OS in its core! In its DNA, to be more dramatic! Most Androids consume almost half a Watt of energy while in stand-by whereas iPhone 8 only consumes 0.1W which is about 3-4 times better! No wonder people leave their iPhones turned-on all night and it barely consumes 3-5% of battery in 8 hours (Unless The iPhone is deprived of a good sleep due to a rouge app!) And at maximum load; some Androids draw as many as 10W whereas iPhone 8's max consumption is rated at around 7W. And lastly, at minimum to moderate load such as web surfing, light video gaming or viewing a movie etc; most Android consume about 4 - 6W of energy (depending on SoC and software optimization) whereas The iPhone 8 hums at a much relaxed 2.74W! Pretty impressive statistics which further authenticate the battery tests conducted by PhoneArena! Source: G'Day!

13. IT-Engineer

Posts: 577; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Correction. IOS is based on Unix, a desktop kernel. And about the Ram management, it is true to a certain degree, if you use Nexus or pixel phones which are pure Android, they manage ram just as good as IOS but other phone manufactures do a radical change in the framework which is almost not Android anymore and hence you see a difference in Ram management between phones.

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"Unix, a desktop kernel" It's not a desktop kernel, and it's not created to be "desktop" kernel. Unix is just base of and OS, and it's just everywhere right now (even inside refrigerator, car, machine controller, etc) Almost all OS you've ever heard is based on UNIX (sans windows obviously).. BSD, solaris, macOS, and iOS is based on UNIX, while android and linux is based on GNU (which is UNIX-like)

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