Sony Xperia 1 VI Battery and charging test results: Top-notch!

Battery and charging
Historically, Sony has been synonymous with more than solid battery endurance. We still remember the long-lasting Xperia phones of old, which were top-of-the-line in terms of battery life thanks to their Stamina mode. Does the Xperia 1 VI have what it takes to join the ranks of those… or not?

The Sony Xperia arrives with a standard 5,000mAh battery, which is par for the course with other devices of similar 6.5" size. 

Paired with the efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip, the latest Xperia flagship hints at awesome battery life, and there's only one way to see if this one holds true: run it through our exhaustive battery tests.

Sony Xperia 1 VI
( 5000 mAh )
Sony Xperia 1 VI
Battery Life Estimate
7h 17m
Ranks #15 for phones tested in the past 2 years
Average is 6h 39m
18h 54m
Average is 15h 1m
7h 46m
Average is 10h 8m
14h 3m
Average is 7h 59m
Charging speed
30 min
1h 21m
Full charge
Ranks #63 for phones released in the past 2 years
Wireless Charging
30 min
Full charge

As per our tests, the Xperia 1 VI achieves an above-average battery result. The latest Sony flagship truly excels in our gaming and web browsing tests, where it shines very bright, but the video streaming result is noticeably lower than the average. This means that it might not be your best choice if you love streaming Netflix on your device. 

Let's break down these results test by test. 

Browsing Test results

Web Browsing(hours)Higher is better
Sony Xperia 1 VI18h 54 min
Sony Xperia 1 V8h 15 min
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra20h 6 min
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max19h 20 min
OnePlus 1218h 14 min

First up, in our dedicated web browsing test, which aims to simulate an everyday browsing experience with the display set at 200 nits, the Sony Xperia 1 VI achieves a very decent result of 18 hours and 54 minutes, which is in-between the OnePlus 12 and the iPhone 15 Pro Max in our test. The Galaxy S24 Ultra is slightly ahead.

Interestingly, you may notice the strikingly lower result achieved by the Sony Xperia 1 V. We don't really have a rational explanation for that discrepancy: it's possible that the previous Sony phone has processed the test very differently. 

YouTube Test results

Video Streaming(hours)Higher is better
Sony Xperia 1 VI7h 46 min
Sony Xperia 1 V6h 26 min
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra8h 18 min
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max9h 45 min
OnePlus 1213h 37 min

Moving on to the video streaming test, which loops through a video playlist (with the screen once again set at 200 nits), the Xperia 1 VI achieves its lowest result. It scored 7 hours and 46 minutes, which isn't bad at all, but it is lower than what the average. The new Sony phone also successfully beats its predecessor in this test, which is a great thing to see. 

However, while technically the lowest for the Xperia, it is by no means a disappointing result. The Galaxy S24 Ultra has slightly better battery life, but not that much. The iPhone 15 Pro Max and the OnePlus 12 are way ahead, with the latter in particular achieving an impressive result of nearly 14 hours. 

3D Gaming Test results

3D Gaming(hours)Higher is better
Sony Xperia 1 VI14h 3 min
Sony Xperia 1 V5h 46 min
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra6h 28 min
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max9h 36 min
OnePlus 127h 46 min

Finally, in our 3D gaming test, the Xperia 1 VI truly dominates over the competition with the staggering result of 14 hours and 3 minutes, which is among the highest gaming results a flagship has achieved! 

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Indeed, all rivals are left in the dust, with the closest runner-up being the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Other Android flagships like the Galaxy S24 Ultra and OnePlus 12 are way, way behind. 

This means that if you're into gaming, the new Xperia might be just up your alley when it comes to endurance.

Charging Test

Full ChargeLower is better15 Mins(%)Higher is better30 Mins(%)Higher is better
Sony Xperia 1 VI1h 21 min
Sony Xperia 1 V1h 30 min
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra1h 9 min
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max2h 1 min
OnePlus 120h 37 min

In terms of charging, the Sony Xperia 1 VI comes with 30W wired charging on board, and as per our tests, that's good enough to fully juice up the phone in 81 minutes, which isn't very fast, but we've also seen slower. A brief 15-minute charge will provide 27% of battery, while half an hour will charge your device up to 54%, which is okay-ish. 

Wireless charging

There's no wireless charging on the Sony Xperia 1 VI

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