Legends of the fall: 5 current flagships with the longest battery life

Legends of the fall: 5 current flagships with the longest battery life
This year marks the death of one-day smartphone batteries. Starting with the Galaxy S5 and Xperia Z2 in the spring, manufacturers just hinted at what they will be capable to pull off later on. As the year unfolded, we saw our battery benchmark database log a threshold after threshold - last year the best marathon runners barely crossed the six-hour mark in our gruelling battery test, but in the spring they started passing seven, and even eight hours.

Six month later, and with most major fall flagships already announced and tested, we are seeing two-day, and even three-day battery life phones from major brands, which would have been unheard of just a year ago. Sony certainly deserves an honorable mention here, as it managed to consistently churn out slim and stylish phones with amazing battery lives, but a few others are wiggling in, headed by the excellent DROID Turbo achievement that we just measured. That is why we are rounding up the top 5 current flagships, ranked in terms of battery life, to help you choose if you are in the market for a weekend warrior with great specs.

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
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
8h 43 min (Excellent)
Huawei Ascend Mate7
9h 3 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
10h 2 min (Excellent)
Motorola DROID Turbo
10h 42 min (Excellent)

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40 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Good one! Off-topic: why's xperiaDroid banned? There wasn't anything homophobic about his comment.

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I didn't get to read his comment :( Or was it the one "Did you not know Tim Cook is gay?" ? Because if it was that, PA has reached a new level of pathetic.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

WTF ! There was nothing bad about that comment... He basically just stated a hypothesis on why Apple hasn't made Halloween stuff. He did NOT attack Apple nor gays. Nobody...

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Must be that he's been limited too many times. I'm not sure, tho.

12. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah there must be something else behind this. Even PA can't BAN for such lame reason.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He's been limited three times in the past four weeks. Finally got the ban hammer for good. Should have happened a long time ago but that kid never listened.

16. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I tried to comment the other day and it came up I was banned. I contacted PA to ask them what the hell I did wrong to get this ban but got no respond. The next thing I noticed is I wasn't banned any more. Totally confused. But agree with PA going extras with the rules. Ps. Im a Galaxy fan and have the Note 3, but im really feeling the Droid turbo.

2. Busyboy unregistered

All hail the new King.

5. Beijendorf unregistered

I think "Long live the new kings" would be more suitable here, don't you? ;)

24. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

nah the screen is a major turn off. Hard to view outside

37. nimbostruck14

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Sadly, if this phone had a screen that had the superiority of the Galaxy Note 4, then surely the Droid Turbo would be the so far "most ideal phone." It does have good color temperature compared to other AMOLED screens though :D

15. wreis

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

add phone SONY EXPERIA T2 ultra and see the magic.

3. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

If a phone makes it through a full day that's enough for me. All the above phones have great battery life but they lack other features. That's why the iPhone 6 is selling like crazy because Apple has found a way of creating a balanced device.

6. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Spoken like a true Apple Fan

19. sgodsell

Posts: 6897; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly TimCook you haven't seen or used a Moto X which is like the Droid turbo, only the droid turbo has beefier specs. The Z3 is like a Z2 with once again beefier and newer specs. There is nothing to really admire about the iPhone 6 except its a bigger phone. Everything else about the iPhone 6 has been on Android devices for years. Its amazing how iOS doesn't even take advantage of the new screen real estate. For instance where is the real multitasking? Never mind multi-window support that a number of Android devices have enjoyed for years.

10. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

"All-rounded">>>>>"Balanced"

13. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Full Disclosure: I'm an android user. That being said, I can't think of a single item on an apple product I want. I could see some wanting a full sized fingerprint reader, other than that, what "features" does it have others don't? I only mention "features" because you did, not citing the usual full package/ecosystem/experience.

28. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

No Mr. Wall hugger, not all people wanted to charge their phone every night. And most people want to be comfortable that they'll be doing their activities without the fear of getting low bat during important calls. You're in denial of competitor's product improvements while kissing Apple's feet. that's the iDiot fan way.

30. torr310

Posts: 1627; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

iPhone 6 sells so good because the fans had enough about the small screen and they finally could get a large screen phone. Fault to the company does not listen to the consumers.

11. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Great sony.now time for new design and features or else more loss.

14. wreis

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Hey brows just add phone SONY EXPERIA T2 ultra and see the magic.

17. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Interesting that the DROID Turbo has a nearly 25% bigger battery than the Xperia Z3 but gets under 10% additional time out of it.

22. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

And three times the amount of pixels...

23. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Yah I wonder what the battery life on the turbo would be with at a HD screen.

26. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

78% more pixels, not three times.

29. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

QHD + monster processor: battery drain like there's no tomorrow.

35. FarmerStyle

Posts: 37; Member since: May 17, 2014

don't forget about the brightness . The DROID Turbo's maximum brightness is only 248 nits . That is the main reason for long battery life (Z3 713 nits)

40. nimbostruck14

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

A software update fixed the problem with the brightness.

18. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

That might be an issue if all things were equal, but Turbo is pushing more pixels, always on tech, etc. What is important is total time available not time vs battery size.

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