Google Nexus 6P battery life test score: average in active use

The Google Nexus 6P is the all-out Nexus this year: it's bigger than the Nexus 5X, has a beefier processor, a sleek metal body, and a higher-res display.

It's also got a bigger battery, but how does it perform and is battery life good enough?

We put the Nexus 6P and its 3450mAh non-removable battery through its paces in our custom battery test, where all phones are put on an equal footing: brightness is set at 200 nits (a level comfortable for indoor use) and we run the test with the screen always on. The Nexus 6P scores 6 hours and 24 minutes in this test, which is an average score in our score list. It is on par with the Moto X Pure, but lasts noticeably less than the Apple iPhone 6s Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note5.

Do keep in mind that we test active use here, but don't account for stand-by time, and stand-by time in particular is one area, where Google has made significant improvements with the new Doze feature in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

With all this in mind, stay tuned for our full on review, where we will share more of our real-world experience with the battery of the Nexus 6P.

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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)



1. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015 almost 3500mAh, this phone should do much better.

2. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Problem is the SD810 and the 3500mAh are to compensate for it.. Sadly this year the 810 is killing loads of phones battery. If you still don't belive it, take a look at Xperia phones battery benchmark.

5. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

The z5 and compact both have shown to have great battery life....WTH are you talking about?

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They are worse than their Z3 predecessors.

18. Jango

Posts: 376; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

That's right. I have the Z3 and I have the 6P on pre order. I am VERY disappointed! The 6P looks worse than the Z3, has worse battery life than it and the other competitors AND it will be bigger in size, a compromise that I was willing to swallow, if all the other factors were stellar. I'm worried I'm gonna regret the decision buying the Nexus.

21. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The Z5 and Compact aren't running a QHD screen. It's hardly an apples to apples comparison.

39. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

QHD is not the case. There are tests with LG 3 with its default QHD resolution and then another test with FHD resolution. Both tests are almost identical

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Here's Ars Technica's Their WebGL test results are similar to PA's results Ars' web browsing test has pretty good results for the 6P and 5X The 810 and 808 are really inefficient near load

9. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Thanks. Where was the WebGL test? I didn't see it when I was reading the review.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Click the right side of battery gallery BTW WebGL mostly means graphics, which is a more heavy load compared to web browsing, much more GPU usuage

15. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Can you give me link of the web that reviewed it?

14. thesims2customs

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

I do believe that 5.1.1 is the culprit. I use T2 Ultra that could last 10 hours and in 5.1.1 it drains faster, even it happens with Note 4.. :/

20. Acer_Predator unregistered

It is all depends .. PhoneArena hadphone few hours.. it is not possibleto measure it straight away.. Batteryis new and be discharged and charged 10x to gain full battery stamina ! Plus they had there tons of bloatware .. etc..

32. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

They only do that with iPhones

44. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

nexus phones have no bloatware

37. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Wait for the Gsmarena battery test, it's the most reliable. For now, battery tests will be all over the place. Ars Technica's battery review said it was better than the iPhone 6s Plus. As for real world usage, people say it easily lasts a day of heavy usage so we'll see.

3. gabrielvoica

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 05, 2013 The Sony Z3+ running on S810 is not having issues with stop talking nonsense

4. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This doesn't at all fall in line with the Ars Technica review at all....or engagets... You battery tests are all over the place.

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Can anyone show me a different battery test which this one lasts longer? This article disappointed me.

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

11. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Is it done by the Apple lover PA ??? Then I will have to wait for other websites for testing it . PA finds iPhones doing extremely well in Battey life . Where most other sits says 'Just Avarage' .

12. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

For the price they are charging, I would rather get a Note 5. And 5X 32GB here costs more than 32GB S6. Stupid pricing by Google, I will rather get a proper flagship when I am paying such a price. After my terrible experience with Nexus 4, never ever going with another Nexus, specially with 810.

19. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

For people like me who hate touchwiz with a passion, I'd much rather go with the Nexus 6P. Also, the Nexus 5 was one of the best android phones ever. You should give it a shot.

24. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

So you rather get a worse valued, worse overall phone, with less features just cause it doesnt have samsungs mediocre skin?

29. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Besides Samsung's terrible skin, there are a lot of advantages to haivng a Nexus. Yes. You can keep your "features" and rock on, for some of us we prefer the Nexus line of phones.

34. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

well, samsung hater, nexus fanboy. what's surprising?

16. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Gee whilakers mister, that is terrible. No surprise though really, as every phone with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 or 808 has been delivering poor battery life. Yes even the Sony Z3+ that delivered much less than the previous Z3. Though with a bigger battery than the Motorola Moto X Style, you would have expected it to beat that phone. I'll be keeping my cash for now. Was far too expensive for the 128GB version that I wanted anyway. No thanks Google.

17. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I want to see a test like this including for the Blackberry Priv.

22. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hahaha....bulls**t phone compared to the beast iPhone 6s Plus.

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