HTC U11 battery life test score is out: aces benchmarks, but standby is below average
by Victor Hristov / Jun 19, 2017, 3:08 AM
The HTC U11 is a 5.5-inch flagship phone with a stunning design and aspirations to have one of the best cameras ever put in a handset, but what about its battery life?
The 5.5 incher comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, a size smaller than most devices of the same physical caliber, yet it also sports the Snapdragon 835 system chip, a newer and more power efficient chip than most others have.
How does this combination work together in terms of actual battery life?
Turns out that the answer is 'not bad at all'.
Battery life (hours) Higher is better
HTC U11 9h 3 min (Excellent)
HTC 10 7h 10 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8 8h 22 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 8h (Excellent)
Google Pixel 7h 45 min (Good)
Google Pixel XL 7h 19 min (Good)
LG G6 6h 9 min (Average)
OnePlus 3T 5h 41 min (Average)
Huawei P10 7h 42 min (Good)
In fact, we're impressed with the battery life of the U11. It scored an admirable 9 hours and 3 minutes on our standard battery test where we run a typical use script on the phone with the brightness pre-set at 200 nits, a level comfortable for indoor use.
This score trumps most other phones in the flagship market, second only to the iPhone 7 Plus, which squeezes 9 hours and 5 minutes out of its battery thanks to optimizations in Safari and iOS. However, when it comes to the Android side of things, the HTC U11 battery life is indeed very solid.
In real life, we've noticed that the phone does well, but battery drain in stand-by is slightly higher than average, which prevents the U11 from becoming an all-out battery champ.
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
HTC U11 98
HTC 10 100
Apple iPhone 7 141
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 197
Samsung Galaxy S8 100
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 99
Google Pixel 119
Google Pixel XL 118
LG G6 97
OnePlus 3T 85
Huawei P10 100
There is one more aspect to the battery experience with a phone and that is the time it takes to recharge a phone. Fast recharge times are a nifty convenience, and the HTC U11 is definitely well equipped with a proper fast charge solution. Using the charger that is in the box, it takes less than 1 hour and 40 minutes to get its battery fully recharged. That's on par with the Galaxy S8 series, and faster than Google's Pixels.
What is your experience with the HTC U11 battery? How often do you recharge? Let us know in the comments right below.
- Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
- Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
- Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
- Battery 3000 mAh(24.5h 3G talk time)
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You guys complain about standby time and no words about it. I guess must be less than 5h right??
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 3:24 AM 2
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if all the evice have the same MAH battery, iPhone smashed them all into pieces
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 3:29 AM 1
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"if all the evice have the same MAH battery, iPhone smashed them all intopieces" Take into account the iPhone's lower display resolution and mox it together with its abysmal charge time for a flagship, and there you have an inferior battery life experience versus Android phones.
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 6:32 AM 0
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https://youtu.be/yMC_zo_Ge3w https://youtu.be/8lx6qBzvKvA https://youtu.be/h288yfeaivw Only on iPhones Rena does the iPhone win a battery test
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 8:41 AM 1
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Battery life is One of the most important feature to consider on a smartphone and yet u manage to give it a 8.2 review score.Battery life of this phone is a lot better than those phone that have higher score. Lesson of the year: NEVER TRUST A REVIEW.Go for real life usage.
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 3:35 AM 4
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GSMarena 73H Endurance U11, G6 72H Endurace, but here 6h:09m on G6, and U11 9h:03m. Same S8 84H Endurance here 8H:22m and S8plus 88H Endurance here 8h, but U11 better battery life here. Lol test here.
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 3:41 AM 2
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its not like gsmarena tests are reliable.
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 3:56 AM 2
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Which goes to say what? They test different things, they get different results. We believe that typical usage of a phone centers around browsing and tasks of that nature. Our test is based around that. We test phones with meticulous attention to detail: same distance from router, same brightness level, same everything. In fact, look at other publications like the one you mentioned browser tests and you'd find they get similar results to our tests. They also tests 3G talk time, which is directly proportional to battery size. Including that number in testing skews results, and is not very relevant unless you spend 5 hours talking on your phone (and I bet you don't). We test typical usage, the battery life that the average user will get, not abstract numbers.
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 8:55 AM 0
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Yea, I just bought it almost a week ago and the standby time is rather poor, but since it's dev friendly I have installed a custom kernel and now it rocks... but this should be fixed by HTC, it's shameful that people have to find other solutions to fix problems.
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 3:41 AM 3
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Not sure what type of script y'all running but this test can't be accurate. I have an s8+ and a u11, and while the u11 battery life is pretty decent its a fry cry from how the s8+ performs on a daily basis.
posted on Jun 19, 2017, 6:37 AM 0
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