Step aside, Sony Xperia Z3, the Motorola DROID Turbo is the new king of flagship battery life


When just a little over a month ago the Sony Xperia Z3 passed through our custom battery life benchmark with flying colors, it earned itself the title of the ultimate flagship endurance king. But a lot can happen in a month when we're talking about as competitive an industry as the mobile one, and, sure enough – the Motorola DROID Turbo happened.

Get a hold of this, folks – Motorola's insanely spec'd out new flagship clocked the amazing 10 hours and 43 minutes on our trying battery life test – more than any other high-end model we've tested, ever. In fact, the only two devices that are more resilient are the ZTE Max and the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, both of which are significantly less decked out. This puts the DROID Turbo ahead of the Xperia Z3 (9 hours 29 minutes) and even the Xperia Z3 Compact (10 hours 2 minute). What's more, this results gives the Turbo a solid lead on other Quad HD smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (8 hours 43 minutes) and the LG G3 (6 hours 14 minutes).

So how did the Turbo do it? Well, Motorola obviously did a commendable job picking up a power-efficient Quad HD screen, and we suspect a fair amount of optimizations were also carried out on the back end, but we obviously have to also address the fact that it packs an enormous, 3,900 mAh battery. Sure, that does come at the expense of thinness (the Turbo is 0.44 in- / 11.2 mm-thick), and this could very well be a deal-breaker, but we suspect quite a few people will be more than willing to overlook that considering what they're get in return. Now, just imagine if the Turbo had a 1080p screen...

Last, but not least, the otherwise massive cell inside the Turbo needs only 126 minutes, which is pretty impressive, considering its size. Take a look and, if you haven't done so yet – waste no time and go check out our in-depth review of the Motorola DROID Turbo.

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
HTC One (M8)
7h 12 min (Good)
Motorola Moto X (2014)
5h 45 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 6
5h 22 min (Poor)
LG G3
6h 14 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S5
7h 38 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
8h 43 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
6h 32 min (Average)
Sony Xperia Z3
9h 29 min (Excellent)
Motorola DROID Turbo
10h 42 min (Excellent)

minutes Lower is better
HTC One (M8)
207
Motorola Moto X (2014)
176
Apple iPhone 6
147
LG G3
120
Samsung Galaxy S5
122
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
95
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
171
Sony Xperia Z3
235
Motorola DROID Turbo
126

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DROID Turbo
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20.7 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3900 mAh

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60 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

All hail turbo !!

5. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

thats why it is called TURBO :) the processor,the battery,the screen.camera,OS....every important thing demanded by consumer is dead on

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

There is nothing in this phone apart from the batterylife worth talking about. That too you have to consider the fact that the screen is so dull, it makes the batterylife numbers worthless.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't matter, the race to the top of the battery charts has begun in the Android world. With project Volta the battery life should increase another 20-30%. I haven't charged my nexus 5 in 3 days and with light use it is at around 40% right now. Each year is better than the last in the Android camp.

30. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

LOL! Okay.........

33. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Really? How about speed, display, and build quality that beats just about every phone on the market right now. I just bought one yesterday and the screen is not dull at all. The numbers in the lab do not translate well in practical use. I found the screen to be very bright.

46. lebigmac506

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Lol you think a 5.2" QHD OLED is dull? You must be joking.

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Moto is getting back to their days..... Good to see moto is improving a lot.

13. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I don't know. I find the xperia z3 much more impressing. It manages to keep a very slim build and roughly the same front size as the Turbo, and has "Only" a 3100 mah battery. It still gets 9.5 hours, compared to the 10.6 the droid gets. Considering the droid is ~60% thicker, the capacity is not impressive at all. If the Z3 was the same thickness as the turbo, it could be packing a insane 4900mAh battery given the extra room, possibly even more given that there would be 4mm of extra space above where the SOC would be.

15. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

And given that, thickness, the Z3 would have over 15 hours of battery

50. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They should really kill this QHD and brittle thin trend. It will make production cost cheaper with more room for other hardware improvement. We need more battery life with average thickness devices that people can have a good grip with.

51. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I don't think it will make the production cost cheaper, those screens must be cheap as hell, maybe even the 1080 is more expensive than the QHD, I dont know how screens are made in factorys, but you cant just say one screen is cheaper than the other.

55. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

True but dont forget about the QHD screen.

58. FarmerStyle

Posts: 37; Member since: May 17, 2014

don't forget about the brightness . The DROID Turbo's maximum brightness is only 248 nits . That is the main reason for long battery life (Z3 713 nits)

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

How is it a king when it's only availble on Verizon? It won't sell much if VERIZON KEEPS HOGGING THE BATTERY life from Moto.

2. harvardale

Posts: 51; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

The fact that the Turbo has THAT much bigger of a battery than the Z3 and only gets another hour is kind of disappointing. Was this test done after the day 1 update was installed?

3. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

QHD perks;)

9. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

And a display which is wrong in all places.

31. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

So you're just trolling to hate on this phone.

34. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

The display is great. Do you have one or are you just pulling things out of your arse? The display is absolutely beautiful with zero pixelation and it is plenty bright.

16. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

QHD...the display technology for people who hold their phones 1 inch from their face

7. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

I think you forgot that Droid Turbo has higher speed processor (2.7GHz Quad vs 2.5GHz Quad) and extra high resolution display (QHD vs FHD) also...

10. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

At 11.2 mm thickness, this phone is able to fit only a 3900 mAh battery in its bulky chassis. Note 4 is 3220mAh at only 8.5mm. And it gets just 2 hours less than the DROID turbo. Had the note 4 been 11.2 mm or so, it'd easily have had a battery at 4000mAh, then that would be an intriguing comparison.

12. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

This not how it works , this is not how any of this works

25. nomancool unregistered

you are not considering the length and width of the phone , note 4 is one BIG phone , and this phone is smaller .

35. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

It is not bulky at all. I don't even notice it in my pocket.

45. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

only 3900??? what did you do on math class? how much higher and wider is the note 4??? So you are an engineer and know exactly how big battery they COULD fit if note was thicker??? Sorry, but they didnt.

59. FarmerStyle

Posts: 37; Member since: May 17, 2014

I think you forgot that Droid Turbo's brightness maximum is only 248 nits (Z3 713 nits )

4. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Wow! QHD screen, and the battery life was over 10 hours!. wow! again :)

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Only by virtue of the humongous battery. Not that that's a bad thing - at least Motorola matched the processor to the screen to the battery so there's no real compromise.

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