This is the new smartphone battery king

This is the new smartphone battery king
It's just the beginning of 2019, but the new smartphone battery king of the year has arrived and it's the affordable Moto G7 Power, a phone with a whopping 5,000mAh battery.

And yes, it's not just about the battery size when it comes to battery life, but when you have a 5,000mAh battery... well, it is all about the battery size then.

Motorola's official numbers say that the G7 Power, a phone that costs just $250, will last you up to 3 (yes, three!) days on a single charge.

We wanted to test this claim first-hand and that's why we ran our proprietary battery test that puts all phones in the past five years on the same footing with the same screen brightness and running under the same typical load, so you can get truly comparable values.

...and the Moto G7 Power blew the competition out of the water. This is the single best smartphone that we have ever tested!

Moto G7 Power vs 2019 Flagship Phones: Battery Life Comparison

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.

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Motorola Moto G7 Power
20h 8 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS Max
9h 34 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XR
11h 1 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS
8h 37 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
8h 56 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S9+
8h 5 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S9
7h 23 min (Good)
Google Pixel 3
8h 22 min (Excellent)
Google Pixel 3 XL
7h 39 min (Good)
LG V40 ThinQ
6h 21 min (Average)
LG G8 ThinQ
7h 30 min (Good)
OnePlus 6T
9h 52 min (Excellent)
Huawei Mate 20
14h 26 min (Excellent)

As you can see from the chart right above, no flagship phone comes even close to the affordable Moto G7 Power in terms of battery life. And that might be an understatement because the reality is that the G7 Power has more than double the battery life of most 2019 flagship phones!

Even the iPhone XR, one of the phones that is praised for its battery life, has almost half the battery life of the G7 Power.

And when you compare the G7 Power to the Galaxy S9, LG V40 or Google Pixel 3 XL, you would notice that the Moto phone has nearly three times longer battery life!

Isn't that just an incredible achievement?

We think it is, this phone definitely raises the bar for smartphone battery life in a huge way, and all of that at a super affordable price!

Moto G7 Power vs All-time Best Battery Performers

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
Motorola Moto G7 Power
20h 8 min (Excellent)
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
17h 22 min (Excellent)
LG X Power
15h 18 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto E5 Plus
15h 8 min (Excellent)
BLU Studio Energy
14h 53 min (Excellent)
Huawei Mate 20
14h 26 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto Z Play Droid
13h 43 min (Excellent)
Xiaomi Redmi 3S
13h 39 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2018)
13h 25 min (Excellent)
BlackBerry Motion
13h 23 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto E4 Plus
13h 20 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto E5
13h 20 min (Excellent)

Since this phone easily beat 2019 flagships, we had a tougher challenger for it: how did it compare to the battery life hall of famers, the most long-lasting phones we have EVER tested?

Well... it kicked ass even in this heavy-weight division.

The G7 Power had a much longer battery life than the closest runner-up, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2, a tablet-phone hybrid with a gigantic 6.44" display and an even larger 5,300mAh battery, but the Moto beat that phone as well.

Interestingly, third in our all-time best battery life rankings is the LG X Power, a cheap phone from 2016 with a 4,100mAh battery cell and the obviously very power-efficient base-level Snapdragon 212 chip.

Then come the Moto E5 Plus and the BLU Studio Energy, another pair of affordable phones.

Quite interestingly, the only true high-end smartphone in our battery life hall of fame is the recently released Huawei Mate 20. The Mate 20 comes with Huawei's own Kirin 980 chip, Android's first 7nm chip that rivals the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance, while the phone itself comes with a 4,000mAh battery on board.

Final Words

So there you have it: the new smartphone battery king has arrived and it is the affordable Moto G7 Power. It beats all other phones easily in the battery department, it costs just $250 and it's coming to the United States this spring.

We are already using this phone as we speak and we can't wait to share more about it and the G7 series in our upcoming reviews, so stay tuned.

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Moto G7 Power
  • Display 6.2" 720 x 1570 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 5000 mAh



1. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

AMAZING! I'd like to see this against the 5000mAh also of the Samsung Galaxy M20.

8. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

G7 power is only using hd display, it's no brainer it will still win against m20.

2. androiduser

Posts: 511; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I just want a good compact flagship, the same size as my s6 edge, I wanted to buy the s10e but the fps and power button are placed too high so it is very uncomfortable to use, I know because my phone is around the same size as the s10e and it is indeed uncomfortable for me, I really wanted to buy the s10e, I guess I'll have to wait for the pixel 4 now

3. riteshrkm

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

Where is Huawei Mate 20 pro in flagships? OK PhoneArena has to show the max Battery in flagships is of Iphones!

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

So, we've said this before in the comments, but we probably should do a news article about it. It is impossible to test the battery life on the Mate 20 Pro because the phone will keep on changing the screen brightness automatically (even when you set it to a fixed point manually). We've even reached out to Huawei about this and there seems to be nothing that can be done. Screen brightness is certainly the biggest difference-maker for battery life results and that is why we carefully set the brightness on all phones we test to a fixed level of 200 nits. Unfortunately, the Mate 20 Pro would automatically change that, rendering the results of battery testing quite useless. We were as frustrated as you were because we really wanted to see the battery life result on the Pro. Also keep that in mind when you watch others test the phone, those results are most certainly not truly any good for comparison.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 2334; Member since: May 04, 2015

That's a nice explanation. But what about the Mate 20? Or the P20 Pro? They're flagships too. Same chipset etc. Similar to the Xs and Xs Max or the S9 and S9+. Anyway, until your battery tests align with the rest of the planet and you stop emphasizing Web Browsing over calls and video playback your tests will remain the least credible around. It's become embarrassing.

7. Victor.H

Posts: 1076; Member since: May 27, 2011

The Mate 20 does not behave like the Mate 20 Pro. I don't know whether that has something to do with the difference between an LCD and an AMOLED screen, or something else, but we were able to set the Mate 20 at a fixed brightness level. And you can find the Mate 20 result in the charts above, I am actually using that phone in the moment and I am pretty happy with it. As for battery testing, there is no such thing as the rest of the planet really, everyone gets different results, but those who test the things that matter in a reliable manner (with an equal and fixed brightness level) get similar results to ours. Either way, thanks for the suggestions, we are looking at ways of improving battery testing also :)

9. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Automatic screen brightness have always been that s**tty stubborness by huawei even in older models. So bad even youtuber damir franc raised this issue in one of his videos.

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2334; Member since: May 04, 2015

Thanks for your balanced response Victor even though you didn't address the P20 question. The only way I see for you guys to improve your battery tests is to test calls, videos, app usage and browsing equally whilst also giving them equal weighting in the final calculation. As it stands now your testing reflects the strengths of the iPhone and therefore skew the results to make it look like a battery champ. That doesn't reflect real world usage at all going by the complaints of my iPhone friends and the majority of battery tests I've seen.

17. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I can think of a few other phones which deserve a hall-of-fame place in the battery life department. One of them is Moto One Power with SD 636 and 5000 mAH battery (though the Full-HD resolution means that it lasts ONLY two and a half days for me with moderately heavy use). Another would be the Asus Zenfone Max M series (there are quite a few of them).

5. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Too bad its a Motorola. Ever since Lenovo took over, the overall user experience and reliability is pretty s**t besides the Moto Z

10. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Moto G7 series is closer to stock android. I'm sure many reviewers will try to use google cam app to see if a $250 phone's camera is enough for most casual user needs.

11. bobmullr4

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 14, 2019

Hallo ????? were is my smartphone ??? The Huawei Mate 20 X ??? that's got 5000mAh and last a lot long than the stupid Moto G7 Power. No Whats Moto smartphones -_-

12. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

No, the battery king will be the upcoming Energizer Powermax 18K with 18,000 mAh battery! Despite the Helio P70 SoC, and the ridiculous pop up selfie camera, it will a champ.

18. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

That phone is amazing !! Though I am not sure something that weighs 400 grams and has 18mm thickness qualifies as a phone. But I would buy that phone in a heartbeat. Too bad it is not available to me.

14. ijuanp03

Posts: 615; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Keep up the good work, Motorola!

15. ijuanp03

Posts: 615; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Most of the all-time battery champs are from Motorola. It's good that an OEM takes battery this serious! I hope more popular OEMs like Samsung or Apple will release something like this.

16. Vogue1985

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

wowww, now thats a batterry 5000mah. well done

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