Samsung Galaxy S4 extensive battery tests are out: average users could use it for three days without charging

Samsung Galaxy S4 extensive battery tests are out: average users could use it for three days without charging
The Samsung Galaxy S4 manages to be more than just a very slim device with an amazing 5-inch 1080p display and impressive chips, it also packs a whopping 2600mAh battery. But how long can it last in real life?

GSM Arena has done some extensive testing of the S4 battery and the results came in impressive.

The Galaxy S4 ranks on top of all three tests - talk time, web browsing and video playback.

With a talk time of almost 14 hours (13 hours 53 minutes), it ranks on par with the HTC One and better than the iPhone 5 and most other Androids (still worse than the RAZR MAXX, though).

When it comes to its web browsing time, it is also in high ranks with 8 hour and 42 minute longevity, but that puts it slightly behind the leading HTC One and iPhone 5.

For video playback, though, it fares slightly better than its immediate competitors with 10 hours and 16 minutes of longevity.

Overall, this makes for an “endurance rating” of 63 hours, a combined measure of its performance that shows how much the device should last in real life. This means you’d be able to squeeze out almost three full days if you do one hour of calling, web browsing and video watching every day.

source: GSM Arena

Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. uktel3315

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 15, 2013


21. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Yes it is Best battery(except moto) Best performance Best camera Best android version Best glasses(Gorilla 3) Best storage(up to 128GB) Expandable Battery One of best screen(sudjective) Most features Best ergonomic Best support So on.... This is gonna be so easy to sell!

26. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

It is just a shame that they didn´t use dragontail glass and the stereo speakers like ONE. And with the Octa version they could use USB 3.0 because exynos supports it. But yes GS4 will sell like cupcakes. GS4 is very good but I believe that Samsung could do it much better.

38. SleepingOz unregistered

According to GSMArena, the screen is better than the one used on the HTC One. "Winner: Samsung Galaxy S4. The Samsung flagship takes this one, as its screen is bigger, with better sunlight legibility, while still offering you the option to have accurate colors thanks to Adobe RGB mode. The HTC One screen is impressive, too, but the higher pixel density can't really make up for the lower native contrast and slightly inferior sunlight legibility."

42. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It might be the best in every area, but I'll def wait for the Nexus 5 :D I am kind of over the whole UI from each phone manufacturer

57. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

it is not better than iphone @ web browsing ;) best screen @ htc one

62. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

There is no way s4 is better than icraap

76. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Dude or dudette it's heads and tails better than the icrap. f**k the s2 is better than the icrap and that's been out for 2 years !!!

83. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

looks like you forgot a 'not' between the words 'is' and 'better' otherwise your sentence does not make any sense :D

66. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

you’d be able to squeeze out almost three full days if you do one hour of calling, web browsing and video watching every day. and who does use a smartphone for only one hour for each thing of those ?!

74. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I probably do about one hour browsing or not even. Youtube for less than an hour. A few minutes talk or not even. Mainly Whatsapp and texting. Most people I know are like that too. I think we would get 2 days easily off of that kind of usage. One day probably with the HTC One.

67. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

It doesn't have the best camera the HTc one does let the Nokia fanboys thumb me down but I've seen enough evidence that show the HTc one has a better camera and it does better low light video recording but over all s4 very impressive and good looking phone

98. papss unregistered

Don't be stupid

92. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

You forgot best price

31. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

and that's not even the battery saving Exynos Octa version !!!!

55. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

krait cores can throttle individually...and consume less battery...can't be too sure of A15 cores are power hungry monsters :)

84. layzie8171

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

the octa is the better battery saver. it will be better than quad core one.

2. NoamEvro

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Amazing!!! I have to buy that device.

40. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

even i want to.. but no cash :(

50. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Which phone are you using? You can trade it for the S4.

73. NoamEvro

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Sell your old phone.

3. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Just getting better and better, the Octa-core version should be amazing then because the Little A7 will be handling calls, video and some web browsing. The camera came out much better than HTC One camera too, here's the full review

6. lovenyc8

Posts: 164; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

because samsung payed them all money. i saw real pictures of the HTC one and it is the best

7. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

But did you compare them to Galaxy S4's sample?

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

She's obviously trolling.

51. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

How do you know Samsung payed them money? Who are you, J.K Shin's friend? P.S. : J.K Shin is Samsung's CEO.

75. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol. The reaching continues for the HTC fans.

82. nexusalltheway

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 28, 2012


13. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

but why in gsmarena photo and video compare, s3 and note 2 have better details than s4? is it the final unit?

46. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

One's camera has an advantage over S4's because One's camera quality is depended on its software. This can be refined over time to improve the picture quality. But from my experience, I really don't use camera too often nor show people the pictures I took. Even when I did show pictures to people, no one ever says "wow! the picture is amazing!!", but rather it's always that picture is so funny or awe those cats are cute haha. It's just personal experience. The smartphones coming out now are super amazing on its on and you can't compare facts everyday and at the end of the day is the personal preference. I love my Nexus 4 :D and waiting for Nexus 5 right now to decide what my next phone should be :D

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.