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Our Moto X (2014) battery life test is done and the results ain't pretty

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In case you somehow missed it, our review of the new Moto X is here, and, on the whole, we quite like what Motorola has done with its new flagship, specifically considering its low, $99 price tag on a contract.

But the Moto X is not without weaknesses, and perhaps the most significant one is its 2300 mAh battery -- on par with the now aging Google Nexus 5. As you can imagine, that kind of capacity isn't going to be a chart-topper, and our battery life test proved this -- the Moto X held its ground for 5 hours and 45 minutes, which is not terrible, but definitely nothing to write home about. In comparison, the 2014 flagship generation's battery king, the Sony Xperia Z2, managed over 8 hours, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 benched a little over 7 hours and a half. In fact, even the LG G3, with its extremely pixel-dense, Quad HD display, outlasted the new Moto X.

See for yourself.

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
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Average)
LG G3
6h 14 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
Motorola Moto X (2014)
5h 45 min (Poor)

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Motorola Moto X (2014) specs
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh

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