LG V10 battery life test score places it amongst shortest-lived big phones


The LG V10 is a crazy phone: it has a secondary display on top of the main one, and it has not one but two front facing cameras. In a world filled with similarly looking aluminum slabs, the V10 stands out.

And while its crazy ideas are backed up by an excellent camera that is among the best we've ever tested, there is one key aspect of the phone that deserves special attention: its battery life.

Time and time again, users are saying that great battery life is essential for a great phone experience. With a demanding 5.7" Quad HD display and the Snapdragon 808 system chip under the hood, how does the LG V10 battery life measures when compared against other big phones?

We put the LG V10 and its user-removable, 3,000mAh cell through our battery life test and the results are worth your consideration for one simple reason: the V10 ranks the worst among all recent large phones. We run a custom script that mimics typical use to measure battery life, and in order to achieve equal conditions, we pre-set all displays of the phones we test at a brightness level of 200 nits (a level comfortable for indoor use). In this test, the display is always on, and the script is running until the phone's battery dies. The LG V10 scored a disappointing 5 hours and 51 minutes, noticeably less than the Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and the class-leading Motorola Droid Maxx 2.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
LG V10
5h 51 min (Poor)
LG G4
6h 6 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
9h 11 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note5
9h 11 min (Good)
Google Nexus 6P
6h 24 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
6h 29 min (Poor)
OnePlus 2
6h 38 min (Average)
BlackBerry Priv
7h 20 min (Average)
Motorola DROID MAXX 2
11h 33 min (Excellent)
Motorola DROID Turbo 2
8h 1 min (Average)

What's interesting, though, is that at the same time, the LG V10 recharges wicked fast. It takes just 1 hour and 5 minutes to regain full charge (going from 0% to 100%), and that partly makes up for the disappointing battery longevity.

minutes Lower is better
LG V10
65
LG G4
127
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
165
Samsung Galaxy Note5
81
Google Nexus 6P
89
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
76
Huawei Mate 8
156
OnePlus 2
150
BlackBerry Priv
155
Motorola DROID MAXX 2
105
Motorola DROID Turbo 2
82

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V10
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    LG UX UI

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