Zero to hero: 5 high-end Android smartphones with quick-charging batteries


Need a smartphone that can go from zero to hero as fast as possible? These are the top 5 flagships with quick-charging batteries.

Many will surely agree that battery remains one of the most controversial smartphone topics to date. You probably know the reasoning behind the endless heated discussions on battery life: over the past years, smartphones got bigger, crisper displays, faster data connections, more powerful chipsets, more RAM, sharper cameras, and all sorts of bells and whistles, while notable advancements in terms battery life have failed to materialize.

As pointed out last week when we discussed the best 5 affordable smartphones with great battery life, one way that manufacturers can solve our battery life woes is by integrating larger batteries. Unfortunately, the mobile industry is engulfed in a thinness trend that leaves little room (literally) for large batteries on flagship smartphones.

Although it seems like we can't have very large batteries on flagship handsets, not all hope is lost, as an increasing number of modern flagships come with quick-charging capabilities.

Batteries that charge quickly do not solve the bigger problem: we're still wall huggers. However, with the right smartphone, we won't be sticking near the wall plug for too long. It's not an ideal solution, but it's a tradeoff some are willing to live with.

Samsung Galaxy S6 & Galaxy S6 edge


With the Galaxy S6 series, Samsung ditched support for removable batteries, a feat that has been a traditional advantage of the Galaxy S6 line-up. Although swiping a dead battery for a fresh one is no longer possible with the S6 and the S6 edge, at least the two smartphones come with quick-charging capabilities.

In our tests, the standard Galaxy S6 went from dead to fully charged in 76 minutes, while the Galaxy S6 edge took a bit longer, 83 minutes. Out of all flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S6 is the fastest to fully recharge.

For more details on the two handsets, head over to our Galaxy S6 review and our Galaxy S6 edge review.



Samsung Galaxy Note 4 & Galaxy Note Edge


The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and its curved-edge sibling were the first Samsung flagships to come with quick-charging capabilities.

In our tests, the Galaxy Note 4 fully recharged its battery in 95 minutes, while the Note Edge went to 0% to 100% charged in 82 minutes. That's about the same time as measured on the Galaxy S6 series, but last year's Note series comes with the added advantage of larger, longer-lasting batteries. Furthermore, the Note 4 and the Note Edge come with user-removable batteries, a feat that power users have learned to love by now.

Head on over to our Galaxy Note 4 review and our Galaxy Note Edge review for a more detailed analysis of the two handsets.



Google Nexus 6


The large-screened Nexus 6 integrates a large 3220mAh battery, but our tests show that due to the size of the display and the power consumption of its internal components, the 6-inch handset only comes with average battery life by 2015 standards.

Fortunately, the Nexus 6 integrates quick-charging, and our battery benchmarks reveal that the handset can fully recharge a dead battery in 98 minutes. Among Nexus devices, the Nexus 6 is the fastest to recharge a depleted battery. Check out our Google Nexus 6 review for a thorough analysis of Google's largest Nexus smartphone to date.



Samsung Galaxy S6 Active


Although the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge lead the flagship smartphone pack when it comes to quickly charging their batteries, the battery life of the two handsets leaves much room for improvement. With the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, Samsung largely solved this issue, with our tests revealing that the rugged S6 Active has an amazing battery life, one that tops the "life expectancy" of any other high-end smartphone out there.

Aside from coming with superb battery life, the S6 Active also has the major advantage of a quick-charging battery. During our tests, the handset was able to fully recharge a dead battery in 103 minutes. That's a helluva lot faster than most smartphones out there. Make sure to read the full Samsung Galaxy S6 Active review to find out just how good the handset is overall.

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HTC One M9


By now there's no doubt about it: despite being a very good Android smartphone, the HTC One M9 was a financial flop for the iconic but struggling smartphone manufacturer.

For a detailed analysis of the handset, head on over to our full HTC One M9 review. In the context of this article, however, it should be noted that the One M9 comes with an average battery life, but its wireless charging capabilities mean that the One M9 can fully recharge a battery in 106 minutes.

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21 Comments

1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Moto-X Style will be the fastest charging smartphone.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

And it's pretty high-end IMO...just a reasonable price.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

But the battery will not last as long as any of the Samsung phones,

11. TezzaBP

Posts: 274; Member since: May 18, 2015

Despite it having a larger battery than both the regular and edge variants?

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

Yes. It has a much bigger screen and a less efficient processor and screen. More battery capacity =/= more battery life.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

S6 Active is the best in term odf battery. Long lasting and charge fast.

4. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

My Droid Turbo goes from 25% to full charge in under an hour and lasts almost 2 full days and is totally ignored by this article. Phone Arena ignores phones that are not sold to any and all humans on earth.

6. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Maybe because of the carrier exclusivity of the phone.. Isn't that exclusive to Verizon?

17. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

But to ignore tens of million Verizon users just because one of the phones available to only them doesn't seem to smart on PA's part. I'm a Verizon user (only service available at my house) and why should one of my, and phone choices be constantly ignored in all of PA's analyses.

18. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

NEEDED TO EDIT: But to ignore tens of million Verizon users just because one of the phones available to only them doesn't seem to smart on PA's part. I'm a Verizon user (only service available at my house) and why should one of my, and 133.5 Million other Verizon customer's, phone choices be constantly ignored in all of PA's analyses just because a phone in question is "ONLY" available to us? Are almost 134 Million cell users that inconsequential?

7. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

A typo: in the One M9 section . "....with its wireless charging capabilities...." I guess he means "fast charging capabilities" as the M9 does not have wireless charging support.

8. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

The left out Oppo? Okay then.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

most of Oppo phone have small battery.. they charge really fast, but drained even more faster

19. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Not sure about that but the Find 7 has a 3000mah, even bigger on the N3.

10. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Sony Xperia Z3, Z4, Z3+, Z3 Compact Z3 tablet, Z4 tablet compact

14. mihai.a

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

The Xperia Z3 series comes with great battery life, there's no doubt about it. However, the Xperia Z3 recharges its battery in 235 minutes while the Z3 Compact recharges in 208 minutes. You can understand why they did not make our list of the top 5 fastest-charging smartphones.

16. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

According to Qualcom Z3 & Z3 compact DO SUPPORT quick charge. The problem is sony didn't include the QC charger. So, it should be mention with a sidenote.

12. saenaedewe

Posts: 72; Member since: May 01, 2013

Where's LG G4?

13. mihai.a

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

In our tests, the LG G4 took 127 minutes to fully recharge, a bit behind the other smartphones included here..

20. mojtaba_mn

Posts: 268; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

i love my great beauty m9 its really good and battery back up now after 5.1 work sooo better for me i love it love it so fit in hand and so beauty vs any smartphone

21. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

where is zenfone 2?

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