BlackBerry Z10 battery life: not bad for 1800mAh cell

BlackBerry Z10 battery life: not bad for 1800mAh cell
These days, a sub 2000mAh battery on a flagship handset means that you're looking for trouble. But that doesn't seem to be the case with the BlackBerry Z10. The Canadian manufacturer has always been able to squeeze the most power it could out of a battery by optimizing the OS, and it looks like BlackBerry has done that again with its new flagship phone. That doesn't mean that the handset is at the top of the charts, and you will still need to plug in whenever you can. What it means is that on some tests, like web browsing and video playback, the device is closer to the top than the bottom of the rankings.

The 8 hours and 20 minutes of talk time that the new all-touch 'Berry tested out at put it just 20 minutes behind the Apple iPhone 5. But the BlackBerry Z10 was hours behind some of the new handsets with huge batteries like the Oppo Find 5 (14 hours, 17 minutes) and the LG Optimus G (15 hours, 30 minutes). The first BlackBerry 10 model does better when it comes to web browsing. With Flash disabled for the test, the highly rated browser on the BlackBerry Z10 lasted for 6 hours and 27 minutes which is a far cry from the nearly 10 hours that mobile Safari lasted on the Apple iPhone 5 before the battery conked out. But it is more than double the puny 3 hours that the battery lasted while browsing on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus.

While the 8 hours and 44 minutes that the BlackBerry Z10 battery lasted while playing video was nearly half of the time that the top ranked Motorola RAZR MAXX (running on Android 4.0) was able to last, the 'Berry outperformed the Motorola RAZR i, the HTC DROID DNA and the Nokia Lumia 920.

So overall, the BlackBerry Z10 will probably get you through the day with moderate use. But considering that BlackBerry wants this phone to be all things to all people (consider the BlackBerry Balance  feature), bringing along the charger and scouting for an outlet might come in handy. One thing that the BlackBerry Z10 has that many of today's flagship phones don't is a removable battery. So when you look at battery life this way, you can always replace the battery with a fresh one or with an extended battery once they are offered.

source: GSMArena

Related phones

  • Display 4.2" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(10h 3G talk time)



1. samsunggalaxylover

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

galaxy SIV

2. samsunggalaxylover

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

f u c k you apple

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

seriously? smh come on thats a little over the boundries bruh

35. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

and so are you

3. metal

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

yes it good for 1800 mah but it shouldn't have been so small in the first place

21. Hemlocke unregistered

Since when did making something huge to fit components in it become innovative or an exercise in good engineering? In 1970, you could buy a nice Buick GSX with a 455 (7.6 liters) that would pass everything but a gas station. It was great for having 1 HP per CI. Today, a GT500 will blow its doors off with a 600 HP 302 (5.0 liters), and still get twice the fuel mileage. It's obvious which you would believe to be true innovation in 2013.

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Just learn from Android users. First thing they do to improve their battery life is turn the screen brightness to 50%,install task killers, juice defenders, extended batteries, buy more chargers, buy extra batteries, etc etc etc. Then they get a few more minutes out of their device. iPhone users on the other hand, doesn't need to do jacksquat.

7. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

unless they update the IOS version...

16. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

as like gives low battery.....

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yup and still share prices tumbling ... now say Apple doesn't care about share prices :)

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

My screen brightness is always at full, my Wifi is always on, and I'm 7 hours through the day with 71% left, with an 1,850 mAh battery. My battery almost never falls below 30% before I plug it into the charger at the end of the day before I go to bed. I'd consider myself a moderate user as well, and I don't have any task killer apps or special battery saving apps. What in the bloody hell are you babbling on about?

19. Izoe

Posts: 150; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

The from the charts above the sIII was just behind the iphone by 11 minutes in the video playback test and the s2 (s3's figures weren't shown) was behind it by just 7 mins in talk time test only place it surpassed android by a wide margin was in the browsing time where it beat the note two by almost an hour. So if you say the battery life of the iphone is good, then android phones are just as good, and if you say the battery of android phones are bad it means that battery of the iphone is just as bad.

22. Hemlocke unregistered

Good is relative. How long do you suppose a 1440 mah battery would last in any of those devices? An 1810 mah battery?

20. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

When you said install task killers to help with battery don't know jack squat about Android... And please don't act like the iPhone has great battery life. All the phones over it even on these tests don't have huge batteries. Some do, not all.

23. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Truth is hard to swallow eh? Click on the GSMarena link and click on Expand in the video and browsing test. Now tell me the iPhone5 doesn't have an awesome battery life.

26. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You left out talk time.....of course you wouldnt mention that. Apple, iPhone fanboys are famous for looking with blinders on. And video playback....GS2 Plus....1600 mAh battery...and the iPhone 5 beat it by .....12 whole seconds....whoop dee doo. Samsung Rugby Smart ....1600 mAh battery.....iPhone beat it by.....38 seconds.... Moral of the story? Every Android phone isnt bad on battery life. Of course you wouldnt know that....even with evidence staring you smack in the face...... Truth? I can handle that fine. I cant handle ingorance...

27. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Some more results: Some results for you to gloat over.....but just like before.....skip past the talk time Wifi hotspot results are interesting too... Inspire 4G....1200 battery....thats about 200 mAh smaller than the one in the iPhone the iPhone 5 by 1 min 14 seconds. Moral of the story...remember....? Too bad it didnt have more phones on these tests. Final note....please....please....dont act like every body is in love with the iPhone battery life: +1 for Apple forum trouble shooting sections....priceless.

28. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

BRB while I die laughing at your comparision.... lol

36. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Good....cuz I have been laughing at you all this time selectively skipping talk times... :) Truth is funny, eh?

38. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

For sure man. I'm actually headed to my local carrier and will research my next phone based on how the battery will last during tethering. Who cares about video/web/talk time when you can omfg....tether!!! I'll keep you updated.

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea....because no body uses tethering... I take it you dont hang out in Android forums. Try it sometime.....ppl that tether would surprise you. Please...keep me updated.

6. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

"But it is more than double the puny 3 hours that the battery lasted while browsing on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus." Err, what? Why are you comparing this handset with a handset that isn't even a competitor to it anymore as it isn't on sale? You should compare it with the real top dogs, not call out the weakest phone on the list to make the "Berry" look good.

9. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Wasn't there a survey in UK? Android users use their phones for productive work .... 3 hours of productive work on phone is a huge time ... :)

12. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I wonder how much it earns for them...

10. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

iphone 5 gives such a good battery life from a 1440 mah has the best technology and extremely important patents, basic patents and the iglass and igloves patents etc etc, but they don't make devices that use these patents and innovative technology, they want to save them for the future and this is the problem, they always want to save more and spend less........ its time for a big change, to begin with,they should make a phablet, bring some customization or refreshment with the ios7....making good devices once in a year is better than making two identical devices every 6 months

13. asianface

Posts: 12; Member since: May 27, 2011

I still don't see your point here with all the patents they have lol Apple does think outside of the box, but they are evolving a little too slow comparing to Android at this point in time. Apple do need to make its next OS a bit more different (okay, actually a lot more). I had an ipod touch when it first came out, and now iOS6 still looks like what it first came out. Nothing wrong with keeping the same, but some people do get bored of it lol

31. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

thats what i want to say, they can do whatever they want but they aren't doing it..........with the resources,patents(basic patents as well as important patents) and the technology that they have, they can make the best devices in the world if they want, even companies like google , microsoft don't hesitate to bring their latest technology to apple devices, making ios the only platform where you can get anything....the only thing that is stopping apple from changing the world is their greed

17. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

HTC One X has 10 hours of talk time with 1800mAh battery...

24. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

hey phonearena, why dont you make your own battery tests? (just out of curiosity)

25. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Because their affiliate (GSMArena) is already doing them.

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.