Phones that stuff the most battery for their chassis? Well, here's a metric

Phones that stuff the most battery for their chassis? Well, here's a metric
With the thin Honor 6 Plus Huawei wowed us (we know, it's hard to read this one out loud) by stuffing a generous 3600 mAh battery in a rather compact body. In fact, with its 73% screen-to-body ratio and 3600 mAh juicer, the Honor 6 Plus manages to stuff the second-largest battery pack relative to its chassis volume of all current smartphones on the market, giving way only to the Honor 6, which takes the cake in that metric.

Which metric is that, you ask? Why, the milliamp-hour-per-cubic-centimeter one, of course. It's no surprise that Huawei itself has ranked current phones by the mAh/cm3 ratio, as its own phones are occupying the first four spots there, followed by the slim Sony Xperia Z3, and its 3100 mAh unit. That's right - it's the 5" Honor 6, 5.5" Honor 6 Plus, 6" Mate7, and 5" Ascend P7 that have the largest batteries relative to their chassis volume, as you can see in the ranking table below.

How important is this metric for the actual battery life, you ask? Well, out of the phones we've tested in our own battery benchmark list, the Z3, Mate7, and MX4 Pro - all in the top 10 here below - are indeed ranking "excellent," with more than 9 hours of screen-on time in our gruelling PhoneArena battery benchmark. We haven't tested the Honor 6/6 Plus yet, but those should deliver respectable performance, too, given the specs and battery capacities, so juicer size for a unit volume might be one of the good ballparks to follow when looking for long battery life yet still a compact handset. On the other hand, the iPhone 6 Plus is in the top 10, too, on account of its slender 7.1mm profile, yet its battery life is average at best.

source: Huawei via CTech (Weibo)



1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

LOL 7 phones out of top 10 are Chinese looks like people pay more for nothing special

21. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Wow, this makes a phone special?

23. halca

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

Chinese phone's special feature: has chance of explosion? lol

24. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

like if the battery was the only thing in a phone. you deserve no more than cheap china brotha

2. Manti123

Posts: 207; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Again no Lumia 1520? Crappy metric

8. aligolshan

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

They gotta be kidding us! No LUMIA 1520 in the list?!! bullsh*t metric.

10. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

This metric is made by Huawei lol.

11. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Seriously PA ! A metric made by Huawei ? Chinese?

3. Cyagocaliz unregistered

The true winners: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Xperia Z3.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Because you hate Chinese phones...I get it. Just learn to deal with it and accept the fact. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is nowhere near the Xperia Z3 and Ascend Mate 7 in terms of battery life.

20. Iodine

Posts: 1480; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

"iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is nowhere near..." Wait a second, you have to exclude the iPhone 6 Plus from that statement, and even then "nowhere near" seems exagerated.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus?? They are on position 24 and 8. Number 1 and 2 are the Honor 6 and 6 plus, not the Iphone 6 and 6 plus. @Kruze I think he just misread the Honor 6, 6+ for iPhones. Also this table is about battery to body ratio, not battery life...

9. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

My mistake lol. But still, there's no way he will misread the Honor 6 and 6 Plus as iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; and as you can see in the metric, there are 荣耀 (Honor) 6 Plus and iPhone 6 Plus which have obvious differences in their names.

12. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

actually at first I misread it too

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Love is blind, that's all I have to say ;)

18. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Z3 Compact is 36.6... It should be there too

25. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

All made in China by Chinese with Chinese components...

4. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Anyone can invent their own metrics and be on top of it.

15. Bondurant

Posts: 781; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The metric is rational and obvious. You have a better one so that your Nexus 5 magically tops the list ?

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I noticed that there are many Huawei phones in the metric, and found out that this metric is made by Huawei lol. Come on, PA!

14. redmd

Posts: 1936; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Regardless who made it, OEM need to focus on battery life albeit just increasing the capacity.

16. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

iphone 6 rules enough said :)

17. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

And how does your comment relate to the post in any way?

26. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

It's pretty much at the bottom of the list, how does it rule exactly?

19. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The funny thing is that this ratio even though it makes sense to measure, actually doesn't translate in better battery life...

22. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

This article is as useless as the day is long. Other than playing with arbitrary numbers, this article says nothing about the life expectancy of any of these devices. A bigger battery does not equate to longer life if the system is not optimized for it. A Motorola flip phone with a paltry 800mAh battery lasts almost a week.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

HAH! The Galaxy S5 beat the iPhone...both models. The Asians are kicking the USA's butt yet again. They make the most phones (Asian Country's), they sell the most phones, they have the best spec'd phones for what you pay and even in sub-categories they are on top their too. This is why Asian countries are number one in nearly every product sold in the USA. They simply make better products. Even though Apple is an Asian company disguised as an American one, because they design their own products as an American company and assemble them as an Asian company, their products just suck. The first 2 items in the list can easily be misread as the iPhone 6/6+ unless you can read Chinese equal of "Honor", which American company's and their fans have no idea what Honor means. lol

28. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Im not surprised to see htc not even on the list.

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