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 (Average)
6h 6 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
9h 11 min (Excellent)
Google Nexus 6P
6h 24 min (Average)
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
6h 29 min (Average)
OnePlus 2
6h 38 min (Average)
BlackBerry Priv
7h 20 min (Good)
Motorola DROID MAXX 2
11h 33 min (Excellent)
Motorola DROID Turbo 2
8h 1 min (Excellent)

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
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Google Nexus 6P
Motorola Moto X Pure Edition (2015)
Huawei Mate 8
OnePlus 2
BlackBerry Priv
Motorola DROID MAXX 2
Motorola DROID Turbo 2

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  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(12h 3G talk time)



1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

i had this phone for 2 weeks the battery life was a disaster

5. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Lg have these battery problems since the g3. They make great-spec phones but they sure discourage potential buyers like me because of the short-lived powerhouse.

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Its amazing to think they once had the best battery life phone with the LG G2, but have really lost the plot from the G3. Truly shocking performance. That Snapdragon 808 is not a very good chip either, its performance at some points is lower than the older Snapdragon805's. The old Galaxy Note 4 scores better in AnTuTu than the V10.

34. TyrionLannister unregistered

"its performance at SOME points is lower than the older Snapdragon805's." More like all points. 805 smacks the 808. Better GPU, no throttling, double the memory bandwidth and more efficient.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yeah. I think this is the reason their phones have had bad battery for a while. Just because a processor can handle a load, doesn't mean it should. Processors should be MORE than powerful enough for their intended use so that they're coasting along in the overwhelming majority of cases. This leads to efficient use of battery.

54. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

SD805's GPU is slower than SD808's one, lol.

55. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's not. Adreno 420(sd805) is around 30% faster than 418(sd808). Check the benchmarks. You don't even need that, just check the model numbers.

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but it have removable battery... just need some second and get it fully charged..

48. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Well the note 5 has almost double that battery life lol. And you need to buy the second battery and external charge for that. dont forget to bring it on your pocket all the time too.

41. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014


2. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

SD808 isn't good enough at pushing QHD!

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Kinda sad when you realise that G2 was a battery champ at time but this is another great example how QHD is useless

4. carlemillward unregistered

Saw this coming, good thing it is removable and has fast charging. What could the reason be: Snapdragon 808, LCD technology, software?

7. TyrionLannister unregistered


16. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Its not laggy its stutters a lot.. its fast in opening closing apps and everything but animations are not smooth..

21. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Probably display tech. Any non-AMOLED QHD phone will have a tough time keeping its runtime high.

6. Bogdan86

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

are they copying apple ? LOL :))

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Truly disappointing but not surprising as the Snapdragon 808 is the SoC. While the 810 is at least momentarily powerful, the 808 is both weak and power hungry. They should have used the Snapdragon 805 with higher clock.

10. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

What happened to LG flagship battery life after the g2? They need to understand that the same old 3000mah battery ain't gonna cut it with specs this powerful. But on a surprising note, the note 5 seems to be doing quite good with the same capacity battery and display size.

22. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

It's because of AMOLED. I've never heard a non-AMOLED QHD phone that lasts longer than S6 or 6P.

11. Blest42188

Posts: 55; Member since: Aug 05, 2015

i can attest to this. Battery life is cheeks with this phone

12. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

It is the only thing keeping me back from buying a LG g4 right now..

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Samsung could do it with the same battery

17. TyrionLannister unregistered

Samsung had it's own chipset. LG doesn't have that choice. Man, Qualcomm screwed up a lot of flagships in 2015.

14. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

This results don't adheres to my experience.. I had LG V10 and Moto X.. I was getting better battery life with V10 than Moto X. for heavy users LG V10 is better but yes its not as great as I've other devices like Note 5, HTC One M8 or iPhone 6s plus

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012


18. dmomintz

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Where is the Galaxy S6 Active on that list? Or

19. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Hopefully you'll figure it out. We have high hopes for you.

20. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

You can add it at the bottom. It scored 12 hours 9 minutes.

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because S6 active have 5.1 inch screen.. and this article is about big phone / phablet.. but you can manually add it

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