Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge battery life and size

The new phablet heavyweights are now official! Samsung has surprised by unveiling not one, but two new smartphones today: the Galaxy Note 4 that we all expected and the radically novel Galaxy Note Edge with a curved display that folds over one of the edges.

Both are large devices with a screen hovering around 5.7" (the screen is a little bit smaller on the Note Edge), and you'd expect them to deliver great when it comes to battery life. While we're yet to do our extensive battery life tests, we can look at the basic facts about the batteries of those devices right away.

First, the Galaxy Note 4. It comes with a 3220mAh battery that is easily user-replaceable and features rapid charging technology, so that you can get it from zero to 50% charged in just 30 minutes. That is nearly twice as fast as the charging speed of last year's Galaxy Note 3, impressive! How was this achieved? Samsung uses Adaptive Fast Charging & Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0, all features that have so far been available on very few devices.  But what about the actual battery life? Let us remind you that last year's Note 3 featured a 3200mAh juicer, so this time around we have just slightly more capacious, 3220mAh juicer. But with a more energy-hungry, Quad HD display, the Note 4 should take a hit in battery life, won't it? 

We actually expect that Samsung will maintain the battery longevity from the Note 3 for a couple of reasons: first, the Super AMOLED display could have improved efficiency, and secondly, the same improvement in efficiency should come with the Snapdragon 805. In fact, Samsung promises that the Note 4 will have  a 7% battery longevity boost over its predecessor.

When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, it's got a slightly smaller, 3000mAh juicer. While it does have a smaller battery, the curved edge makes it more economical, along with the newer and more efficient parts like the Snapdragon 805, so we do expect it to have similar, if not better battery longevity than the Note 4.

What are your thoughts about the batteries included in these two new Note smartphones?

Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note Edge
  • Display 5.6" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Please do a hands on quickly as possible :p

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am waiting for these phones & the new Nexus X phone also. The choices are going to be insane come fall time.

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Check S5 LTE-A review in Anandtech. Even with QHD display, it had same battery as normal S5.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why iPA always do bias hands on.

3. p51d007

Posts: 703; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I hate to be the bad news department, but did anyone say anything about the size of, or the life of the battery? Probably not! You can have all the latest & greatest specs you want, that blow the doors off of last years model, but it won't mean crap, if the battery won't get you through a day! I know several friends who have a Note3 and can't get 3/4 of a day out of one, and if you use it a lot, less than 1/2 day! For the majority of users, having a super pixel density screen, and a hog of a processor does them no good in REAL WORLD daily use. I went with a mid range device, with a 720p 6.1" screen, snapdragon 400 processor, 2gb ram, JB4.3 and a huge battery that, with heavy use will easily get 2 days worth on ONE charge! All these massive spec phones do, is drain your battery, AND your wallet!

5. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Yea but your snapdragon 400 is a joke of a SOC. I like to go about my 3/4 of a day (i can do 1.5 days, but anyways) seamlessly rather than stuttering my way through.

6. force44

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Agreed, I have never had any trouble getting through a whole day. I consider myself a heavy user too. Tons of pictures, youtube, Facebook, games.

7. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Then buy a spare battery and enjoy the power. Also I'm agree with you about the necesary mid specs on the phone market. You can do the job well with that. But where is the fun. All of us wants Ferrari but we can afford just Volkswagen. Enjoy life how you can and smile, tomorrow will be worst.

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

3/4 days? which touch screen phone delivers 3/4 days, I am really eager to know... my k-power feature phone delivers 10/12 days but I have never seen any touch screen phone lasting longer a day on a heavy use

15. Kylesforza

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Xperia Z3 compact.

4. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I love what they've done with the Note 4 and Note Edge. I had to wait for almost an hour to get the internal specs of the phone though lol. I will wait for the Note 4 because it is a phone that I will keep for a long time. I knew that the Note 4 would be different than the Note 3, but the Edge is a different beast and if i can get a real world test of both phones, that would put my mind at ease about the good and bad things about both phones

9. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Only wish they would've managed a slightly bigger screen with smaller bezels and kept the overall size roughly the same. Stellar phone, though. A potential buy, for me.

11. droidmanX

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 25, 2014

Note 4 and Note 4 Edge.. I hope and wish that QHD doesnt effect the battery life as feared. LG G3 had same fears so was other QHD phones. Hope that is not a deal breaker. Seriously, Why QHD? Why?? 1080p is much much better and more than sufficient but I guess they feel upgrading to QHD is progress forward. Seriously, Note 4 and Note 4 Edge are two beautiful beasts. It is next to impossible to ignore both the devices. Samsung release soon.

12. opsys14

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Samsung already mentioned that battery life has increased by 7.5% despite all the changes made in the device over last years note.

13. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Dat fast charge though. Eliminates the needs for USB 3.0? But still really nice feature to have..I wish Note 3 had ultra fast charge

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