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Android smartphones with the best battery life

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 1 month ago

For many people, the battery life is the single most important consideration when buying a new phone. It's not easy to find a phone with a long-lasting battery, but all the devices on this list have proven their worth in the longevity stakes. Scroll on down to see our picks for the Android smartphones with the best battery life.

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Which smartphone has the best battery? / © ANDROIDPIT

Xiaomi Mi 4c

Packing a significant 3,080 mAh battery, the Mi 4c looks great on paper, and outperforms the competition in its price range, thanks to the optimization of its hardware and complementary software. It easily lasts a day, and could stretch to two if you don't use it too heavily.

Its lifespan is furthered by the device's low-resolution display and high-end processor. Additionally, it is one of an increasing number of devices to feature USB Type-C, so it gets juiced up at lightning speed.

Xiaomi Mi 4c
$238.25
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A walloping battery worth celebrating. / © ANDROIDPIT
Battery Capacity 3,080 mAh
Camera 5 MP (front) / 13 MP (rear)
Display 5-inch IPS LCD, 1,080 x 1,920 pixels (441 ppi)
CPU Snapdragon 808, hexa-core
RAM

3 GB

Android version MIUI 7 on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Rate Around US$700 USD unlocked on Honorbuy

HTC One M9

At 2,840 mAh, the HTC One M9 battery is only marginally bigger than the HTC One M8's. You'd think this would be a problem considering the One M9 is running a powerful Snapdragon 810 octa-core chipset. However, the big.LITTLE technology in the processor has paid off, as the One M9 battery manages to just outperform its predecessor.

Under extreme use, such as constant video-watching, the One M9 battery lasts around 13 hours, which is a decent run. However, no one in their right mind would watch a video for 13 hours straight, and ordinary users can expect well over a day's use out of the One M9 before needing to recharge.

Another big plus with the One M9 battery is the quick-charging feature, which boosts your battery by around 40 percent in just half an hour (although, annoyingly, the fast-charging cable is not included when you buy the phone).

HTC One M9
$414.90
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Quick charging and 13-hour extreme usage - not bad for 2840 mAh. / © ANDRODIPIT
Battery Capacity 2,840 mAh
Camera 4 MP UltraPixel (front) / 20 MP (rear)
Display 5-inch IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi)
CPU Snapdragon 810, octa-core
RAM

3 GB

Android version 5.1 Lollipop
Rate Around US$450 unlocked on Amazon

OnePlus One

There are plenty of things to like about the OnePlus One – its rebellious Cyanogen OS (and now OxygenOS), its big screen, low asking price, and, of course, its powerful 3,100-mAh battery. With its Snapdragon 801 quad-core chipset, big display and 3GB RAM, there's a fair old bit to keep powered in the OnePlus One too.

The OnePlus One battery can handle more than 13 hours of heavy use, which, in our tests, included the constant on internet, regular phone calls and some video viewing. For a moderate user, this converts to about 1.5 days' use.

OnePlus One
$369.99
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You'll get plenty of battery life out of the OnePlus One despite its screen size / © AndroidPIT
Battery Capacity 3,100 mAh
Camera 5 MP (front) / 13 MP (rear)
Display 5.5-inch LCD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi)
CPU Snapdragon 801, quad-core
RAM

3 GB

Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop/Cyanogen OS 12.1
Rate Around US$350 unlocked on Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best phones money can buy, largely thanks to its fantastic camera, big and bright 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, and unique S-Pen stylus features.

All these impressive features run smoothly thanks to the Note 5's Exynos 7420 octa-core chipset, which is kept alive by a 3,000 mAh battery. This is slightly smaller than its predecessor's, the Note 4, but it still performs excellently.

If you're a moderate to heavy smartphone user, then you should find the Note 5 has around 30 percent battery remaining by the end of the day, and it should see you into the next day as well. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 5
$624.99
samsung galaxy note 5 front
The Note 5 is a big device with a powerful processor. Its battery life is a borderline miracle. / © ANDROIDPIT
Battery Capacity 3,000 mAh
Camera 5 MP (front) / 16 MP (rear)
Display 5.7-inch Super AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (515 ppi)
CPU Exynos 7420, octa-core
RAM

4 GB

Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop
Rate Around US$613 unlocked on Amazon

HTC One M8

The HTC One M8 has gathered a fair share of supporters in the Android universe, and for many this is due to its laudable battery life. The HTC One (M8) is still one of the better devices on Android for battery performance.

The 2,600 mAh battery powers a 5-inch Full-HD display and Snapdragon 801 processor. This Snapdragon processor has received a small, but significant, improvement in terms of power consumption over the previous version, and this is one of the keys to improving battery life.

During normal use, you will easily find the HTC One (M8) lasts more than a day. 

HTC One M8 32GB (unlocked)
$189.99
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The HTC One M8's battery life is pretty great. / © ANDROIDPIT
Battery 2,600 mAh
Camera 5 MP (front) / 4 MP (Ultrapixel) (back)
Display 5-inch LCD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (441 ppi)
CPU 801 quad-core Snapdragon
RAM 2 GB
Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop
Rate Around US$250 unlocked on Amazon

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is strong performer in a number of areas, not least in the battery department. For a start, the Galaxy S5 battery is removable, unlike some of the others on our list, meaning you can carry around a spare and swap them if necessary.

Another interesting aspect of the Galaxy S5's 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display, which has the advantage of consuming less battery than competing displays. Finally, the Galaxy S5 comes with a number of power-saving modes that can help add precious hours, or even days, to the Galaxy S5 battery. Samsung even pulled a publicity stunt in which the S5 lasted a week-long, cross-country road trip on a single charge.

Samsung Galaxy S5
$372.99
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The Galaxy S5's Super AMOLED display helps it to save battery. / © ANDROIDPIT
Battery Capacity 2,800 mAh
Camera 2.1 MP (front) / 16 MP (rear)
Display 5.1-inch AMOLED, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (432 ppi)
CPU 801 quad-core Snapdragon
RAM 2 GB
Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop
Rate Around US$350 on Amazon

Sony Xperia Z3

The Sony Xperia Z3 has a battery capacity of 3,000 mAh, curiously lower than that of the older Xperia Z2. The key, however, is in how Sony has optimized the Xperia Z3's hardware to enable better battery life. The Xperia Z3 is another smartphone in the two-day battery life camp, often capable of hitting this benchmark with juice left in the tank.

Unfortunately, Sony's Omnibalance design means that its battery is not removable. Nonetheless, it's still one of the best performing batteries for the specs it houses, with 3 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 801 processor, and 5.2-inch full-HD screen.  

Sony Xperia Z3
$394.44
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The Xperia Z3 battery is brilliant, but Sony's Omnibalance design means you won't ever be able to remove it. / © ANDROIDPIT
Battery Capacity 3,100 mAh
Camera 2.2 MP (front) / 20.7 MP (back)
Display 5.2-inch AMOLED, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (424 ppi)
CPU 801 Snapdragon quad-core (2.5GHz)
RAM

3 GB

Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop
Rate Around US$380 unlocked on Amazon

Huawei Ascend Mate 7

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 has one of the largest batteries on the market, at a huge 4,100 mAh. The giant battery is necessary, though, to power this Chinese phablet's mammoth 6-inch Full HD screen and octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 925 processor. 

Despite the big specs, the device will last for about two days with normal use if it is helped along by its one of its power-saving modes.

Huawei Ascend Mate 7
$376.00
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The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 has a 6-inch screen and octa-core processor, fortunately the battery can handle it. / © ANDROIDPIT
Battery Capacity 4,100 mAh
Camera 3 MP (front) / 13 MP (rear)
Display 6-inch LCD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (367 ppi)
CPU Hisilicon Kirin 925, 1.8 GHz
RAM

3 GB (32 GB model of memory) / 2 GB (16 GB model of memory)

Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop
Prices Around US$400 unlocked on Amazon
Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A dedicated Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.

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  • Xperia Z3 Compact and Galaxy S6 active are missing!!

    • The Samsung Galaxy S6 has a smaller battery than its predecessor – down from 2,800mAh to 2,550mAh. You have to use its Ultra Power Saving Mode, otherwise it barely stays on at 8pm.
      Apart from that, I am quite in agreement with the Sony Xperia Z3 compact: my wife had one of these little beasts for one year and a half and she used it without aggressive power saving options for 2 days in a row (now I have bought her another smartphone, but this is another story).

  • Nice compilation. But most smartphone listed here can not take a battery trophy for year 2016, not even 2015. I mean there are smartphones with up to 10000mAh built battery already

  • I think you miss BQ, the leader in the spanish market. Some of its smartphones have more than 3000mAh and even the others have a battery life of two days at least. I recommend you to check it, so you can include it on your next post;)

  • It's too bad that you included Oneplus in this article. Because you did, now I can't recommend to anyone to read it. Any phone from Oneplus is a disaster just waiting to happen. Atrocious customer service and warranty support, along with NO software support should dissuade everyone from buying from that childish run company.

    There's a reason their phones are cheap.

  • I have always had iPhones and I don't use my phone much, just a few calls a day and checking weather, but I always go to bed with like 90% battery left. I have tried all the other flagship phones and under the same circumstances they are from 20 to 50% battery left. How does Apple do it when I even have it connected to Wifi all day?

    • Agreed, I have my old iPhone 4 laying around. Whenever I charge it to 100% it will sit for 4-5 days before it's drained. I think the iPhone 6 series doesn't last as long, but still. My wife has an iPhone 6 and her battery is never a problem and she's on it almost nonstop all day.

  • how about Jeep F605 with 13.000 mAh??

  • Have u guys heard of tecno L5. that phone has a 5000mah battery at the lowest price you can imagine!

  • Who in their right mind would actually spend this much money on a phone?

  • As an older phone, I get better battery life with my 'LG G2' than my 'LG G3'. They both have a 3000 mAh battery, but the G2 has a 1080p display vs a QHD for the G3. I feel safer with the G2 outside in the real world than with the G3.

    • Hi, I really get your point of view. I actually had a LG G2 and was proud of its endurance and overall performance. Unfortunately, with the OS update, also came a worst battery life, because with Lollipop the antennae started to always be in use...
      Now I am the proud owner of a Moto X play and feel like a better LG G2 experience.

  • Lenovo P70 with 4000 mh battery a good phone.

  • I use the M9 and I have to say I am disappointed in the battery life. I'm a moderate user at best and usually need to charge halfway through the day

  • I thought the title was "Android smartphones with the best battery life" and not "Description of battery life for some of the phones that I happen to know".
    One of the best android phones for battery life is the Motorola Moto X Play (which is sold under different names in the USA), with its 3650 mAh and almost no bloatware pre-installed. And this is just an example.
    Plus, considering as 'best' what will maybe last you a day (2600 mAh!? have you read comments by real users of HTC One M8?), means that you better go to sell hot-dogs at the corner of the street.
    Useless reading, and I am furious for this Androidpit's bad turn.

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