Our OnePlus One battery life test is complete: score rattles the Sony Xperia Z2's throne

Our OnePlus One battery life test is complete: score rattles the Sony Xperia Z2's throne
The Sony Xperia Z2 held its ground for the excellent 8 hours and 10 minutes on our custom battery life test in May, which actually put the phone at the very top of our rank list, at least in terms of current generation flagships. And while this continues to be the case, it would be wrong to claim that the Z2 (a 3200 mAh battery) shouldn't feel threatened -- the OnePlus One (OPO), whose test was just completed, achieved a score that is equally as impressive. 

Put into numbers, the OnePlus One's 3100 mAh battery persevered for the as-amazing, 8 hours and 5 minutes, putting it at a hair's distance from the Xperia Z2. Considering how small its lead is, it's probably safe to say that the new smartphone upstart produced a phone with battery life that proves to be just as good. Indeed, in our time with the OnePlus One so far, we usually found that we need to charge the phone every two days, and more can be squeezed out of the OPO if you go easy on it, and especially if you utilize battery-saving techniques, like turning off the 3G and Wi-Fi radios when the phone is not being used. Either way, the team at OnePlus has something to be proud of.

As a refresher, the Samsung Galaxy S5's relatively smaller, 2800 mAh cell managed 7 hours and 38 minutes, while HTC's finest in the One M8 (2600 mAh) took 7 hours and 12 minutes before giving up. Last on that list is the LG G3, with its 3000 mAh battery, which kept the lights on for 6 hours and 14 minutes.

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
6h 14 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)
OnePlus One
8h 5 min (Excellent)

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3100 mAh



1. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Close but haven't beat it yet. Long live king Xperia

11. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

True, but the OPO has a 5.5 inch screen size vs 5.2 on SXZ2 and has a slightly smaller battery (3100 mAh vs 3200 mAh respectively) Though, both give great battery lives :)

35. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Why bother testing OPO? No one is using it. More interested in Z3 compact note 4 and iPhone 6.

42. pcgooroo

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Wrong. Sent from my 64gb sandstone black OPO :)

41. Prey521

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Hmmm, OPO has bigger screen, smaller battery and it only lost by 5 minutes.....looks like the Xperia was indeed dethroned!

2. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

A good phone you probably never be able to buy.

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Actually I got an invitation to purchase a phone as an early member of the forum. I'm pretty excited to see it.

24. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Just got another e-mail invite somehow... anybody wants it ??

25. violentsushi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Can i plz have it, been looking for an invitation for awhile now. :)

26. carabis

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Absolutely. Would pay you for it.

27. carabis

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

crarabis@live.com if you are serious. Would definitely hook you up.

31. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I sent the invite link to your e-mail since you are the one who has the guts to put your e-mail on here.

29. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

i will take it

32. violentsushi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

I'm so dumb, I didn't think about posting an email so you can contact me. :( If someone else has an invitation, can you email me at violentsushi@gmail.com

39. bakarock

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

remora_tigerz@yahoo.com SCr3W YOU IF YOU TROLL ME OR SOME F**K*N PORN ad..

44. Mariselvam

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 25, 2014

Friend i want an invite plz

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The OnePlus One just regained some of its dwindling desirability. Dang now the next Nexus really has to step its game up

5. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Surprise.... The next nexus is based on bacon (OPO - OnePlus One)

6. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

let's just hope this does not have the same issue samsung and LG G3 had. gsmarena's battery score for this device is significantly lower than z2's. even lower than the s5's and htc one's.

10. hbgreg

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

I get 7 hours on screen time with my One

30. housry23

Posts: 136; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

I get over 6 easily and with usually about 15-20% left. It's a real sipper for it's size and power.

7. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Is this an info for those 100 + people who own this phone.?

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Flagship killer killed itself. :P

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

OnePlus gets amazing coverage here yet it only caters to the chosen few. I wish it was Xiaomi (sigh) who btw, makes REAL bang 4 buck phones.

38. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Xiaomi is really gaining popularity and I really would like to see them to rise to the top. Simply because a lot of top phone companies need to step back and rethink a lot of business decision themselves.

12. Amir1 unregistered

there is only one true king of flagships in 2014: z2. until z3 takes its crown.

15. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Z3 will still have Snapdragon 801 and 1080p screen, so it's a useless upgrade.

16. Busyboy unregistered

Don't remember it was released yet do you?

20. j.khan95

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Even z2 was not a significant upgrade from z1

22. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Extra 1gb of Ram makes a big difference.

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