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

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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?

6 hours and 24 minutes is an average result in our score list

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.

Battery life (hours)
Higher is better
Google Nexus 6P 6h 24 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 9h 11 min (Excellent)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Average)
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015) 6h 29 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes)
Lower is better
Google Nexus 6P 89
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 165
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 81
LG G4 127
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015) 76
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posted on 19 Oct 2015, 04:59 17

1. johanbiff (Posts: 414; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


SD810....at almost 3500mAh, this phone should do much better.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 05:00 14

2. TheGunnyPT (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Feb 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 05:18 10

5. combatmedic870 (Posts: 931; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 06:44 12

13. UglyFrank (Posts: 1939; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


They are worse than their Z3 predecessors.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 08:34

18. Jango (Posts: 340; Member since: 24 Oct 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 09:13

21. roldefol (Posts: 4365; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


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

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 00:25

39. vazzzz (Posts: 61; Member since: 09 May 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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 05:21 1

7. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Here's Ars Technica's
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Review-chart-template-final-full-width.0121.jpg
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Review-chart-template-final-full-width.0131.jpg

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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 05:34 1

9. combatmedic870 (Posts: 931; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 05:40

10. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 07:30

15. thesims2customs (Posts: 61; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 15:48

33. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/10/nexus-5x-and-nexus-6p-review-the-true-flagships-of-the-android-ecosystem/3/

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 07:28

14. thesims2customs (Posts: 61; Member since: 12 Jul 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.. :/

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 09:05

20. Acer_Predator (unregistered)


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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 15:35

32. combatmedic870 (Posts: 931; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


They only do that with iPhones

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 10:19

44. osanilevich (Posts: 286; Member since: 29 Sep 2009)


nexus phones have no bloatware

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 21:12

37. Tsoliades (Posts: 228; Member since: 22 Dec 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 05:13 4

3. gabrielvoica (Posts: 66; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKS_Qmm_7lE

The Sony Z3+ running on S810 is not having issues with battery...so stop talking nonsense

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 05:17 8

4. combatmedic870 (Posts: 931; Member since: 02 Sep 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 05:21

6. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2226; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 05:23 4

8. combatmedic870 (Posts: 931; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Here ya go.
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Review-chart-template-final-full-width.0121.jpg

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 06:08 12

11. Ghost04 (Posts: 349; Member since: 03 May 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' .

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 06:21 7

12. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 08:59 4

19. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 11:25

24. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1615; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 12:33

29. Niva. (Posts: 433; Member since: 05 Jan 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 17:43

34. medtxa (Posts: 1341; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 07:37 1

16. wesley. (Posts: 90; Member since: 06 Aug 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.

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 08:32

17. PryvateiDz (Posts: 286; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


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

posted on 19 Oct 2015, 09:14

22. cnour (Posts: 1494; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


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

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