Galaxy S5 battery life tests show promising results

Galaxy S5 battery life tests show promising results
Coming straight from Samsung's homeland, an impromptu battery test reveals that the Galaxy S5 is shaping up to be quite the endurance champ. The flagship is laden with a 2800 mAh battery, while we have phones in the same category with 3000+ mAh units, like the Xperia Z2

Capacity is not everything, but given today's largely uniform components, it is a pretty good determinant of the overall endurance. Unless you mounted a display with older technology, that is (cough, Z1, cough), which would draw quite a lot of power, resulting in unimpressive screen-on times even with a 3000 mAh unit in there.

Still, as you can see from the charts below, the Galaxy S5 topped the available phone row, and sits just below popular tablets and phablets, whose batteries are much larger. The screens were set at roughly 230 nits of brightness, as well as in peak luminance mode, so the Wi-Fi browsing test has been quite tasking, and yet the S5 managed to pull off more than 7 hours of screen-on time, which is quite impressive. We'll put the Galaxy S5 to the battery test ourselves soon, but in the meantime it seems that battery life won't be an issue with the handset. 

Prompted by a reader comment, we are inserting another battery life test chart, which confirm the stellar endurance of the S5. There the phone lasted more than 10 hours of browsing via Wi-Fi, which is in line with what Samsung promised. This test, however, has been done with the screen set at just 120 nits of brightness, that is why the battery life stats are much higher than in the first scenario, where the screen is set at 230 nits or more.

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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41 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1669; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

All I can see is Note 2 still rocks!

3. Ashoaib

Posts: 3297; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

S5 is doing good endurance with 2800mah... In my view if s5 housed a 3200mah inside... it might be a killer phone n killing the competion leap frog

15. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Too bad it didn't have 3200 mah, it all really depends on software optimization not just how big the battery is.

27. procol

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

GS5 is on par with Note 3 even though it just has 2800mAh according to the translation of Playwares battery test(this article's source). Google nutgrafs.com. (Sorry I can't insert link.)

37. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I'm sure some battery company will release a ~3500mah battery with the same size dimensions.

5. Sauce unregistered

Which is why I still have mine ^_^ As well as my iPhone 5s. Damn good results for a 1500mah battery, compared to my Note and the rest of these 3-8ks

7. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I still can't see how anyone with common sence would choose this over the M8 or Z2..

12. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I could easily choose S5 over Z2 :p, sure z2 has better specs but i've had enough with the squared bulk of a z1..

18. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Well the Z2 and M8 have LCD screens. What if the user likes AMOLED screens? S5 Z2 M8 are all good phones. It's all just personal preference.

38. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol it's more like the other way around. Common sense tells you that phones shouldn't be the size of phablets and in that case, the GS5 wins hands down. And that isn't even mentioning the superior internals...

39. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Life is hard :( everyone will buy S5 while no one will care about great htc and sony not to mention glorious nokia :(

2. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Better battery life is always a good thing.

28. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Amen!

4. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

36. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Man, look at the iPhone 5s. Battery life used to be one of the iPhone' talking points. They really need to stop with the obsession with achieving a phone so thin you can shave with it, add a mm or two in thickness and bump up the mAh. But then, so do a lot of vendors.

6. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Not for me though!

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Then why trolling this article ? Did you just came here to tell everyone that you don't like this device no matter how good it is ? Seriously ?

10. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I ain't trolling buddy, but we all know that when it comes to battery department Samsung sucks! Accept it.

13. tenho1982

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Who taught you that? olo

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

?? Samung devices have been always known to have a good battery life. In particular excelent stand by times. Any prove of what you say? Or just babbling about?

16. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

LMAO, coming from S3 and S4, oh I know what I'm talking about..

19. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

S3 and S4 had great battery life ! Better than HTC, LG, Apple and Sony at the time of its release. S4:http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-s4-battery-tests-are-done-heres-how-it-did/ S3:http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-battery-test-is-ready-does-very-well/ Don't just troll without any backing. BTW, did you even read this article ?! S5 almost on par with Note 3 and beats the socks off Z2 and LG G2 with their massive 3200 mah !

21. GMS85

Posts: 217; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Now that's a joke! I have had both devices, So those test don't mean a damn to me!

34. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

so which phone have the best battery life? sony? htc?.... lol

17. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

If it wasn't for that removable battery, Sammy would have been the absolute worst in this department, I've never met anyone who stayed with the first battery in around six months. And also the heat is hotter then an oven when playing a game for 10-15 min.

20. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Read comment #19

41. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

I have had many samsungs for four years now, and so did the rest of my family, we never had any issues. So go troll somewhere else, crybaby

23. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

What tech2 said: both were execlent performers as shown in any battery test I have seen in the nerwork. See comment #19.

40. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Yes. B|_|tthurts like you own the neglected nokias htcs and sonys. You dont even know what a samsung is. Stop trolling every samsung article. And get a life. Hey, lets talk Market Share, i know you love this.

8. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

No one is forcing to buy it. Buy what makes u happy and shut up.

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