Hall of shame: here are the slowest charging phones released in 2015 so far
Earlier today, Qualcomm unveiled Quick Charge 3.0, its new standard that will endow some of its upcoming chipsets with some rather fast charging capabilities. It promises up to 80% of charge for a bit over half an hour, which sounds pretty good on paper! Let's hope that manufacturers that use future Qualcomm chipsets will make full use of it.
We are fairly certain that almost no smartphone user in the world will be happy if they have to hug the wall and patiently wait for their phone to accumulate a high enough charge level so that the can go on with their everyday duties. That said, there are some device that perform extremely well in this regard and charge pretty quickly.
We've already had a few devices in 2015 that boasted truly amazing charging times, and then... There are some that are trailing behind in this aspect. Although they come with decent charging times, all things considered, it's still easily noticeable that they take their time. Here follow some of the more popular 2015 devices that will certainly take their time while charging. As a part of our battery benchmark test, we usually measure recharge times with the original chargers, so have in mind that the data right below is coming straight from our database. Also have in mind that we've set a bottom bar of 150 minutes / 2 hours and 30 minutes, with the phones sorted in ascending order.
There is no quick charge feature of any kind on the OnePlus 2 and we were not surprised that it took us 2 hours and 30 minutes to get its 3,300mAh battery fully charged. This would have been stomachable if the device had an outstanding battery life, but sadly, this is not the case - the handset lasted for merely 6 hours and 38 minutes in our battery life test, which is rather average when you compare it with its predecessors or some of the higher-end devices it intended to trump.
It's downright impossible to look at the numbers and state that the MX5 charges fast. You will have to wait for 160 minutes (2 hours and 40 minutes) if you want to see the venerable "100%" battery level at the top right of your status bar. There's some silver lining, though - once filled to the brim, the phone's 3,150mAh battery will keep the lights for 7 hours and 5 minutes, which is a decent result.
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
The iPhone 6s Plus turned out to have a surprisingly good battery life of 9 hours and 11 minutes, but this surely takes its toll. You will have to wait for 165 minutes for the 2,750mAh unit behind to get fully charged.
HTC One M9+
The HTC One M9+ is a slightly spec'd-up version of the regular One M9, but sadly, it has nto scored the latter's fast charging trait. It will take you 3 hours and 6 minutes (186 minutes) to charge its 2,840mAh battery to the fullest. You will have some 6 hours and 21 minutes of predicted battery life at hand once the battery level hits 100%.
Sony Xperia Z3+
Charging the Snapdragon 810-equipped version of the Sony Xperia Z3 will take you 189 minutes. However, unlike the Sony's previous battery champs, the Z3+ only lasted for 7 hours and 15 minutes in our battery test. It's a bit disappointing, to say the least.
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
There is a 3,000mAh battery at the back of this Microsoft device, which has a so-so life of 7 hours and 2 minutes. A not too shabby result for an entry-level phablet. However, once the battery gets depleted, the Lumia 640 XL and its charger will have to indulge in a 210-minute long rendezvous with the wall socket.
Motorola Moto G (2015)
Have you seen the extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)? The movie adaptation of the final chapter to Tolkien's Middle Earth saga has a runtime of exactly 251 minutes, or 4 hours and 11 minutes. Guess what, if your third-gen Moto G has a depleted battery and you plug it in when the extended version of the movie kicks off, the phone will get completely charged near the end credits. Sadly, we are not exaggerating, as it takes forever to get the affordable Motorola back in the game.