Our Meizu MX4 battery life test is complete: ties with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8


Meizu isn't exactly a household name in the West, but in its homeland of China, it very much is. The company has been involved in the smartphone business for a while now, and its latest flagship, the MX4, is quite promising -- the phone is spec'd out to the brim, more or less. What we were particularly interested in, however, was its 3100 mAh Li-Polymer battery and how well it will handle our stressful battery life test.

As one would expect, the embedded cell did not disappoint and clocked 7 hours and 25 minutes -- almost on par with the Samsung Galaxy S5 (7 hours 38 minutes), and slightly better than the HTC One M8 (7 hours 18 minutes). That said, it should be pointed out that both the S5 and the M8 have smaller batteries (2800 mAh and 2600 mAh, respectively), so one of the reasons for its comparatively lower score could be its larger, 5.4-inch screen, or, of course, poorer optimizations.

So what does that figure of 7 hours and 25 minutes actually mean? Well, in a nutshell, the average user out there will be able to squeeze out that much time out of the Meizu MX4 if he doesn't at all put it down to rest. If you think about it, this means that you can easily get two days of usage on a single charge, perhaps even more if you're conservative or make use of the built-in Power saving mode. Results are below.

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.
hoursHigher is better
Motorola Moto X(2014)
5h 45 min(Poor)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min(Poor)
Apple iPhone 6
5h 22 min(Poor)
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min(Good)
6h 14 min(Poor)
HTC One(M8)
7h 12 min(Average)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min(Average)
Meizu MX4
7h 25 min(Average)
OnePlus One
8h 5 min(Average)

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