Sony Xperia Z2 battery life test indicates great longevity

Sony Xperia Z2 battery life test indicates great longevity
There it is, the Sony Xperia Z2 has passed through our battery test with flying colors, finishing with a result of 8h 10 min - the best for 2014 flagship! For those who don't know, our battery test runs a custom-made script on the phone, and it's specifically designed to replicate real-world usage. 

Of course, while it's not perfectly representative of real life usage (as any other synthetic benchmark), it does give a relatively good idea of what to expect from a certain handset in the battery life area, especially when compared to other handset. It's always a good idea to keep in mind that battery life experience can greatly vary from user to user, due to different usage patterns and intensity, but all in all, it's hard to argue with numbers, and the Xperia Z2 has given us just that - indisputable proof that the battery it packs is a real marathoner!

Meanwhile, it seems the time it takes to charge the Xperia Z2 is fairly standard, which is to say that it's slower than some more forward-looking phones, like the GS5 and the Oppo Find 7a, which obviously employ techniques that allow them to fill up their tanks significantly faster.

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
Sony Xperia Z2
8h 10 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
6h 48 min (Average)

minutes Lower is better
Sony Xperia Z2
Samsung Galaxy S5
HTC One (M8)
OPPO Find 7a

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Xperia Z2
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1696; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

yeh the xperia z2 is a beast on battery life. i charge my phone once every 3/4 days.

2. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

The battery and screen are greatly improved at least Sony listened to customer in changing its screen to IPS. Not surprised about noise cancellation and front speaker they're more than capable of doing that since Walkman days. Waiting for z2 compact and Z3.

47. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

They did not listen to customers, they just do not have any choice if they want to sell well. I wxpwcted them to have stopped using their TFT battery sucking screen after xperia z.

3. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

GSM Arena battery tests confirm it has amazing endurance way to go Sony!

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Still less compared to S5 even though it has much bigger battery. Sony can't optimize properly.

6. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Really? Gsmarena, pocketnow, btekt, techcloud proved the otherwise. Considering the unprofessionalism of phonearena, I don't really trust it

7. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Not because someone doesn't share the same opinion as you have doesn't mean they are unprofessional. But you saying that makes you one.

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

tests are not opinions

12. hari120

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Depending on how you use it maybe Z2 has better standby or voice call time. So maybe thats why it got such an endurance in Gsmarena test. Sure someway I feel PA's custom test isnt that accurate.

13. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

no, gsmarena's tests showed that z2 outlasts the s5 in all the areas tested: standby time, video playing, call time, and web browsing. maybe they have different units or maybe phonearena's script focuses on video playing more because z2 and s5's difference in video playing isnt' that great. i remember one z2 owner who posted that his device has a 3400 mah battery. the specs sheet says the battery is 3200 minimum so some device may have bigger battery capacities.

20. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

No offense but, maybe that particular Z2 owner mentioned the battery capacity wrong.. Battery capacity is one important aspect in phone specs, there is no way that sony.. Well.. Deliver battery lottery. Because if they do, there would be hot outrage among insiders in xda and esato forums. But there are absolutely no discussion among the insiders whatsoever. Xperia Z1 had a display lottery, some of the units has the same low contrast ratio of 1:700, bad viewing angles as the Xperia Z. The other units are shipped with good contrast ratio of 1:1500 and better viewing angles. Insiders and developers are well aware of Z1's display lottery. In Indonesia, Xperia Z1 units in Jakarta have good display, but the units in Bandung have the same display as Xperia Z. Understand what I mean?

27. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

well that's what appeared on his display. no tearing down happened. just the indicator saying so. not a topic we should be arguing about :) let's forget the horrible z and z1 now. let's just celebrate sony has finally learned and is listening to customers.

30. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That's bulls. Samsung had a minimal hardware upgrade for the GS5 for a reason: To emphasize the practicality of its features. Sony had a horrible failure in both the Z and Z1, and the Z2 hasn't even made a big jump. If Samsung just followed the hardware upgrades they were doing to the S series the S5 would have made the Z2 seem like a joke. And face it the Z2 doesn't have one outstanding feature it can offer compared to the S5. As the year progresses Z2 will lose even more sales due to the G3, Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6. And face it again; even if there was a Z3 this year it wouldn't stand a chance against any of the big boys in town.

33. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

There is always something that Sony will deliver better than Samsung, and that is design and cool 'brand name'. Yes, common people took those things as a big deal. As far as the camera goes, some people might like the S5 camera's better, but counting the more natural colours and low light, I can conclude that the Z2 has a better still camera overall, although that's not supposedly what other people thinks. By no means that I want to say the Z2 is better than the S5, but They've something. They're catching up. With all the failures with the Z and Z1, I hope they're not doing the same with the Z2. You know, they're a big company and will not slouch that easily. No leaked Z3 stuff at all here, so we can't tell. Please stop stating claims that are completely blank and not backuped by any facts.

40. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

+ Well said dude.

44. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

you know what really grinds my gears, people complaining about viewing angles, who on earth is using their phones on top, bottom, side view and not front facing?? I prefer bad viewing angles, so is it's hard to peak on my screen to see who am i texting with or god knows what i'm doing, watching, browsing in my smartphone. others are adding anti-glare screen on their phone because for privacy purposes. If you want to watch a movie with your friends, plug it on your tv!

5. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Gsmarena is still more reliable for battery life tests. I tell you, I got my Z2 two days ago... And I... Never been so in love with a phone before My review: Design: so sexy, elegeant, and sleek. Plus it has IP58 waterproof certification and camera shutter button, so perfect. Overall Specifications: It has IPS 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 20.7MP camera, 3200mah battery.. Definitely top of the line specs Screen: I am generally very pleased with the 5.2" IPS TRILUMINOS screen as it has wide colour gamut, pleasantly saturated colours, and excellent viewing angles. UI: user interface is very elegant, simplistic, and simple. And addition of user friendly features such as double tap to wake, bring to ear to answer calls, glove mode, pencil stylus, etc input are great and very much appreciated. Camera: The image quality is one of my most important aspects in terms of reviewing a phone. And thankfully, I am very astounded with the image quality. It has plenty of detail, even in low light. Great spot on exposure, accurate colours, great dynamic range, and very good noise levels with no chroma noise and only finely grained luminance noise. In comparison, The camera of Xperia Z2 is able to totally obliterate the best 13MP cameras such as galaxy S4 and note 3. And it even beats galaxy s5 by quite a lot of margin in indoors, night, and low light shots 4K video recording: Very great. Astonishing details, accurate colours, and very good stabilization Multimedia experience: PERFECT. The dual stereo speaker quality is greater than any smartphone out there and second only to HTC One M8. Understandable though because Z2 has waterproofing which has some effect to speaker loudness & quality. And I am fortunate enough to get the digital noise cancelling headset. The quality really is awesome, I tested it in the noisiest of all environments such as streets where a lot of cars & motorcycle go by and I can't hear them, the only thing I heard is the music I listened to. Walkman app is eyecatching and user friendly as it has the functionality to edit music info & album arts, and to comfortably arrange a playlist. Video watching app is great as well. Very good cinema like looking. Album app is great. But I would like the ISO and Shutter speed to be displayed when I look into the details of the images captured by the camera. Battery life: OUTSTANDING! Xperia Z2 is also easily the best when it comes to battery life. The endurance rating is much better than galaxy s5, HTC M8, galaxy note 3, and even LG G2. No matter how heavy I use my Z2, the battery can never drain in a day. That kind of battery endurance is simply unheard of in smartphones these days, very outstanding indeed.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Is that you, Kazuo Hirai?

17. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Nah man this wasnt as great as Satya nadella lol

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I decided I shouldn't tell him via blog post that he is Kazuo's lovechild and had to fall back to the old joke. Sorry, man :)

25. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Lol, there ain't even a trace of japanese name in my account here, but*hurt samsung fanboy.. I use my real name here

29. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

So according to your logic, I'm not from the North Pole cause "there ain't even a trace of" Santa Claus "name in my account here, but*hurt" Sony fanboy.. "I use my real name here"

21. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

LOL, Nope. Just a consumer from Indonesia, thanks.

19. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

So any tests that satisfy your fanboyic mind is professional and any tests that does not satisfy your Sony pride is unprofessional Get the hel* outta here man and go to your beloved GSMArena

24. FaisalWibowo11

Posts: 166; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Looks like you're lacking the information of which sites are professional, and which are not. Gsmarena showed scientific real world tests such as HD video endurance, talk time, and browsing endurance. Pocketnow, btekt, techcloud, shares videos on youtube with detailed breakdowns of REAL WORLD USAGE! phonearena? They said it themselves, don't they?, "our battery test runs a custom-made script on the phone, and it's specifically designed to replicate real-world usage. Of course, while it's not perfectly accurate.. blah blah blah" And i'm not as fanboyish as you think. I admit that sony hasn't made battery economic smartphones before 2014. Z1 has average battery life for a device with a 3000mah battery until kitkat update fixed it. Z ultra? Pretty bad Xperia Z? I owned it before I purchase Xperia Z2, and Xperia Z battery life is pretty lousy, it took only 5-6 hours to drain it

38. Cicero

Posts: 1136; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Have you ever take a look on the posts on phonearena? You will see how tech educated (OR NOT) are readers there. So go enjoy your comrades there!

45. wilsong17 unregistered

fan boy point of view i guess you forget the ultra power saving mode on the s5 and i can get better battery life on my note 3 than the s5 or your sony

9. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

So S5 is the best balanced one. Pretty good Samsung.

10. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

how different are the units phonearena and gsmarena have? gsmarena's z2 unit easily bests the s5 in web browsing, video playing, and 3g calls. even the z2 standby time is better on the z2 as gsmarena pointed out. how could the s5 still edge the z2 here? what does the script specifically test? well, i'm not trying to contest the results. i'm just wondering what are the specific operations the script is testing. however, considering that the lg g2 does not have that much of edurance on phonearena's tests, it's obvious the operations being tested are totally different.

39. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Probably run on different browsers... I too think GSMArena scores makes better sense, give better understanding and are more accurate

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