Google Pixel XL battery life test result is out: compare it against Apple's iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S7 Edge here

The Google Pixel XL is in a way a first for Android: an all-out Google phone, where the company that makes the Android platform also designs the phone and makes all the deep-level tweaks to optimize it as much as possible.

This makes the Pixel XL special: such deep-level optimization is said to squeeze the maximum possible battery life and we no longer need to put the blame on third-party skins for the poor battery life of a device. With the Pixel XL there are no excuses.

That's why we were particularly curious to put the 5.5-inch Google phone through our battery life test that measures the typical use you get from a smartphone. We test all phones with the screen set to a brightness level of 200 nits, comfortable for indoor use, and this makes it an equal playing field.

So how did the Pixel XL do?

The answer is good, but not great as the bar of expectations might have been set a bit too far up. The Pixel XL battery life test result is 7 hours and 19 minutes of screen-on time in our test, practically on par with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Make no mistake: this is some solid battery longevity, higher than what you get on the Nexus 6P, the LG V20, and many other Android competitors. It is not among the very best, though, with phones such as the iPhone 7 Plus outscoring it significantly - the said iPhone scored 9 hours and 5 minutes of screen-on time on the same test.

The Pixel XL has a 3,450 mAh non-removable battery, in case you wondered, while in the case of its closest rivals, we see a 3,600 mAh battery cell on the S7 Edge, and a 2,900 mAh battery on the iPhone 7 Plus.

In real life, we have no issue going through a full day with the Pixel XL without worrying about running out of juice, and moderate use could get you a day and a half, but we're not in that dream two-day battery life territory here yet.

Luckily, the Pixel XL does support quick charging and the built-in wall charger takes about two hours to fully replenish a battery from 0 to 100%. This is some 20 minutes slower than Samsung's fast charging solution, but significantly faster than the iPhone 7 Plus, which takes some 3 hours and nearly 20 minutes to get its battery fully recharged.

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Pixel XL
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(32h talk time)



3. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

3hrs 17mins to charge the iphone 7 very poor.

29. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

lol who cares if you charge your phone at night AND get almost ~2 hours of additional battery life compared to your nearest competitor.

31. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

That wholly depends on your usage. I get great battery life on my 6P but I've heard other say their battery life is terrible.

33. torr310

Posts: 1705; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The 2 hours extra time doesn't translate as same as screen-on time, and the screen-on times between those phones would be much closer than the test benchmarks.

41. mahima

Posts: 743; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

pa cares, iphone has the best battery only in their site

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

you mean in PA biased test right? thats real testing. sadly did not test pixel xl yet. iPhone 7 get beaten even by old note 3 lol

4. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

When iPhone 8 gets AMOLED next year, no one will come near to it's battery performance.... Optimization!!!!!!!!

19. Harambe unregistered

Screens don't matter in PA's test. Only the chip does.

32. Papa_Ji

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Dude your story is too bad .......Really too bad ...... Samsung will supply at least two year old AMOLED panels (from Galaxy S5 age ).....dumb sheep like you , will call it Ground breaking..... iPhones are always 2 generation behind S/Note series.

44. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I doubt thats. they might give last generation not two. Google pixel seem to be using similar amoled tech as the S6 by example. put a S6 and S7 side by side and there is not much difference. But the questions will be how they calibrate it apple been good to calibrate ips lcd one if they as good on amoled its will give not bad result. Still usually beside SOC ,screen and storage iPhone are usually behind in everything else.

58. Papa_Ji

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Dude, others apple suppliers can't manufacture S6/S7 level AMOLED panels.... ....

56. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

You make one hell of an assumption with absolutely no facts to support it. Do you really think Apple is going to downgrade from their current high-accuracy and wide gamut displays for that S5-era garbage? No. Samsung will be the manufacturer based on Apple's requirements. Samsung isn't going to just grab some old panels and sell them to Apple. But, since you seem to believe things that you clearly imagine, anything is possible.

59. Papa_Ji

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Other than Samsung Non of the OEM on earth have tech to manufacture S6/S7 level of AMOLED panels..... Other supplier SHARP and LG can only manufacture 1/2 years old AMOLEDs..

6. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

My Exynos S7 Edge which i imported easily outlasts and outperforms my SD820. Which one was featured in this test?

8. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Probably the SD820 as a US-centric site - but that's Samsung's fault for supplying sub-optimal versions of their phones to different regions, not PA's.

12. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

But PA must put version 8890 of galaxy s7 edge like GA for customer compare. Vote down for PA no hard work.

16. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

The prime reason afik that Samsung uses SD820 in the USA is for CDMA supported modems. SD are much more efficient in that. (i think).

46. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

they support more LTE band and also support more GSM and CDMA band. but Exynos is so efficient for battery they could just include an external qualcomm modem and its would still be better battery wise.

45. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

your exynos cant keep 60 fps steading on world of tank blitz and go down to 25-30 fps after 15 to 30 min of playing. ( my friend have the S7 not edge version on exynos and my G5 is much smoother for gaming and NEVER throttle the GPU ) So sure you outlast SD820 battery but for gaming you dont outlast performance wise as exynos heat up too much!

9. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I'm sure the argument that IOS doesn't multi task will be spewed. So I'm listening to Pandora, through my Sonos and typing this....That's not multi tasking? Anyways load the phone up with apps and that battery is toast because Android is and has been terrible with power management since day one. Project Voltron to the rescue! !

10. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

As always, along with "off-screen" performance and all the other pointless crap that's spouted.

18. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Sure, that's multi-tasking. At a low level... My ancient S2 could already download a torrent at >6 MByte/sec, stream a 1080P movie to a TV and allow be to browse the web and type messages all at the same time. Not even an iPhone 7 Plus will allow you to do that.

47. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

the real arguments is PA test as some of its news are biased toward apple. Go to GSM arena they have an extensive test thats give more realistic result in fact about every others website show better result. did you know only on PA iPhone 7+ have better battery life than S7 edge by example? My LG G5 with a small battery ( compared to others android handset ) Give me a solid REAL 5 hours of SOT and i just swap the battery ( i have 2 extra one lol ) and i can continue to game RIGHT AWAY. I have a charger to charge my battery so when i go from home i have 3 battery on me and even if i play NON STOP all day long i never gone tru all 3 of them. Your iPhone when its death you have to wait 3 hours to charge it ( 7+ ) and its not recommended to game when a phone charge its bad for your phone battery.

11. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Is the iPhones battery THAT good?

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And then some.

17. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

not at all, they are good but not THAT good! PS: WTF PA? what the hell is this new add that does not let me scroll down? You have reached a new low...

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31626; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All I can say is, my 7 Plus gets really good battery life. I use my iPad charger to charge it, so charging times are pretty quick for me.

20. Harambe unregistered

It has really good battery life, but this test is still crap. Anandtech and GSMArena numbers are a lot more reliable because they do multiple tests for certain scenarios. For example, even an S6 which has terrible battery life will compare to an iPhone 7 plus in video watching. But in general use, the iPhone 7 plus will outlast it by 2x because of idle drain and in processor intensive tasks.

23. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Tyrion is that you?

25. Harambe unregistered

yes. In the loving memory of harambe I changed my username.

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