Phones with best battery life (2016 edition)


Battery life: it's often the number one thing that people want to see improved in a modern smartphone.

After all, charging your phone every night is not much fun, and for those times when a workday flows into a night outing, you need your phone to be with you and last, and last.

Not every phone is capable of this, though, and that's why we are measuring battery life on every major flagship that arrives in our office to better figure out how they do in comparative terms. Now, with all important phones for 2016 already out, it's time to sum it all up and see which phone has the best battery life.

First, though, let's say a few words about our testing method: we put all devices on equal grounds by settings the display at 200 nits, a brightness level comfortable for indoor use. Then, we put all phones through a rigorous browser testing that simulates typical smartphone use. With no stand-by time for rest, we get scores that reflect screen-on use. Let's see how this year's best phones do in this test.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Good)
Apple iPhone SE 7h 41 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 7h 18 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S7 6h 37 min (Average)
Google Pixel XL 7h 19 min (Good)
Google Pixel 7h 45 min (Good)
LG V20 6h 23 min (Average)
LG G5 5h 51 min (Average)
Motorola Moto Z Force Droid Edition 7h 9 min (Good)
Motorola Moto Z Droid Edition 5h 52 min (Average)
OnePlus 3 5h 53 min (Average)
HTC 10 7h 10 min (Good)
Sony Xperia XZ 6h 41 min (Average)
Huawei P9 6h 51 min (Average)
Xiaomi Mi 5 7h 27 min (Good)


While the battery life results of flagships in 2016 is definitely the topic of discussion here, we also wanted to provide some background and that's why we've also pulled a list of all the major phones of 2015. This way, you can easily see how last year's devices did in terms of battery life and whether there has been some significant or insignificant improvement in the longevity battery cells provide.

The interesting thing is that for one reason or another, on the whole, we see better battery scores from last year's devices. Hopefully, we get to see this change next year.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6s 8h 15 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 8h 11 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Good)
LG V10 5h 51 min (Average)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Average)
HTC One M9 6h 25 min (Average)
HTC One A9 6h 3 min (Average)
Google Nexus 6P 6h 24 min (Average)
Google Nexus 5X 6h 25 min (Average)
OnePlus 2 6h 38 min (Average)
OnePlus X 5h 57 min (Average)
Huawei P8 7h 12 min (Good)
Sony Xperia Z5 7h 7 min (Good)


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86 Comments

1. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Your benchmark is trash. Its just a misleading cr@p. Nobody uses a phone the way you measure its batterylife.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Everyone's battery benchmarks are unrealistic. That's the nature of standardized testing. I've seen huge discrepancies between the major sites. Just take an average of them all and judge for yourself.

35. KParks23

Posts: 729; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

I usually go by whatever GSMarena post and there reviews tend to be better also in my opinion.

79. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

GSMarena's comment section is total cr@p, it's really hard to follow the conversation, they need to change the style of their comment section, or simply use disqus if they're to lazy to make anything... but yeah, their review is much more neutral, even for chinese brands

66. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Except gsmarena's. We talk on the phone. We browse the Web. We watch movies. Theirs tells you how long you can do those things, as well as how long your phone would last with an hour each per day factored with a phone's standby. Very realistic test if I must say so.

6. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

I'm at total loss of words as phonearena rates "Note 5" at 9 hrs 11 mins and S7 Edge at 7 hrs 18 min. I currently own both phones and this test is an absolute joke !! S7 Edge outlasts my Note 5 by a huge margin. ! Please rename this site to " iPhonearena"

71. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1578; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

And my Note 5 out lasts my S7, same size battery with smaller screen and yet less battery life. Lol

19. KRPT55

Posts: 14; Member since: Feb 28, 2016

The funniest thing is the galaxy s7 edge exynos got 10 hours on their battery test but they won't include it even though the exynos is the one everyone in the world got lol. And the snapdragon one got an update to match the exynos battery but they'll still try to make iPhone look the best

78. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

The world is US in their dictionary...

21. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

They only using Geekbench 4 battery test benchmark, not their own benchmark. iPhoneArena are totally lazy af.

34. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@ Hyperreal Your ego is hurt because none of the ANDROIDS can touch The iPhone Duo in this regard, eh? Why? Do you own an Android Smartphone Company? Are you The Chairman of Google? Do you get paid for defending Android on tech blogs? Would you die without your Android? Have you married with an Android Smartphone? (Its not something unheard of in these terrible times) If all of your answers are "NO" then might I ask why you sound so desperate...? Come-on, its just a bloody comparison of bloody smartphones... If you disagree with the conclusion, so what? It doesn't concerns you or most people (including me) in this reviewing section... Just use whatever you fancy, let it be an Android or a Nokia 3310, savvy? No need to get all teary and emotional over a lifeless piece of technology... HUMANS deserve such emotions... Troubled humans, such as the people in Syria & Palestine... You're crying over an OS, Ha! Oh well... G'Day!

45. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

No one is talking about Android or IOS. He's questioning the methodology of PA's battery testing and he's right. No need to offend him.

60. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Because GreenMan is being an ass like he usually is. He attacks people's posts with stuffs which the poster did not even say! Just look at his post #3 in response to my post #1 in this article: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Alcatel-Idol-4S-with-Windows-10-VR-goes-official-at-T-Mobile_id87076 I asked Cosmin V. if Windows 10 VR existed, because I wasn't aware of it. GreenMan suddenly came off telling me to not "dare mock his beloved Windows 10 Mobile"... Where in did I mock Windows 10 Mobile in that comment? It's the same nonesense he's done to @Hyperreal: attacking him with stuffs he didn't even say in his post #1 in this thread. Such an idiot.

61. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That's what he supposed to do. Get the discussion out of topic so no one will know what the real discussion is going. But really, posts here in PA are the worst ever. GSMArena has the worst user discussion platform in tech sites, which kinda is good to deter trolls, fanboys and haters. PA on the other hand rely on those three in discussions to promote site traffic.

2. Joms_US

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2016

Only iPhoneArena out of hundred review sites made iCrap 7/7+ the best in battery life.

44. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Absolutely correct! This test is purely a load a crap. How the hell could benchmark define the actual battery life performance? It's such an awful experience and waste of time to consider this test in any practical usage. They need to get their asses in the lab and run the real life test of every devices. But I guess, they wouldn't accept any suggestion from us as they're powerfully backed, and all their actions are motivated by that clown to ensure the priority of Apple is on top.

46. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I see you're still lurking here in PA. Sammobile is waiting for you.

49. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Stop stalking me already, dude. You're a perfect example of Trump supporter.

54. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

You're a perfect example of a butthurt deluded fanboy.

3. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active and S6 Active beat every one of these phones...it's just not mainstream unfortunately.

23. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree. My son gets something like 13 to 14 hours on his s6 active. It seems like he never has it on the charger.

33. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

That's awesome. Samsung really needs to release it to every carrier and not limit it to the US. The shatter-proof screen of the S7 Active plus the fingerprint scanner make it the best one yet.

4. MOTOREZOID

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

It's a shame for 2016 smartphones! We have nothing above 10, My 2014 droid turbo was above 10! what a shame.

10. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The S7(exynos) did 10 hour 44 minutes. I'm guessing the edge does over 13 hours.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes it does. On everyone test but iPhoneArsena!

28. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Well, I'm talking about Phonearena test here. S7( exynos) does 10 hours 44 minutes on phonearena battery test. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Galaxy-S7-battery-life-with-Exynos-CPU-vastly-superior-to-Snapdragon-flavor-heres-the-proof_id82900

43. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Techie, now that I own and love a Galaxy S6, I don't suppose you can insult me for disfavoring Samsung, eh? I LOVE MY S6... Plain & simple... Yes, my S6 lasts me a whole day + some more... And even though I haven't tried it yet, I'm sure my S6 can last a bloody WEEK with The Battery Saver on and all nannies on the lookout... If used as a dumb phone, in other words...! But listen, these are TESTS which doesn't necessarily reflect an 'actual' "real-life" usage, savvy? I don't know about PA, I've never looked it up and frankly, I don't care about battery tests as long as my phone can easily last me a whole day... These tests are what they're, tests conducted in a 'simulated environment'... So, the conclusion of my 'lecture' is: "ENOUGH"... ENOUGH WITH THE FANBOY-ISM... And... G'Day!

51. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I here a lot about how the s6 battery sucks. My husband get all day out of his to. He takes it off the charger at 5am and gets home at 4:30 pm and is on it tell 10pm, so it lettery last him all day. Now at work he is only on it on his brakes and lunch time. But over all I think it does good since when he gets home he watches a lot of YouTube videos.

84. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Galaxy S6 battery life does suck, people say it quite a lot because its true. 3-4 hours screen on time is all the Galaxy S6 could ever manage. Although it did had horrible issues with battery drain due to Google services for a long time so it was more like 2-3 hours unless you managed it closely. Had to charge the Galaxy S6 in work most days, but it depends on the user. 2-3 hours screen time will last some users all day.

16. MOTOREZOID

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

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