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Android smartphones with the best battery life

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 2 weeks ago

By what criteria do you judge a smartphone? Camera specs? Processing power? Water resistance, perhaps? For many people, the battery life is the single most important consideration. Even in 2015, if a device lasts more than a day before running out of juice, it is doing well. All the devices in this list pass that test with flying colors, so 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, thanks to complimentary software and hardware optimization, it outperforms the competition in its price range. It easily lasts a day, and could stretch to two if you're not a heavy user.

Its longevity 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.

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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

3 GB

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

HTC One M9

At 2840 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 duress, like 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 (if you do, remember to take regular breaks), and ordinary users can expect well over a day's use out of it before needing to recharge. Another big plus with the One M9 battery is the quick-charging feature, which charges your battery around 40 percent in just half an hour (annoyingly, the fast-charging cable is not included in the box).

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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 5.0-inch IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (441 ppi)
CPU Snapdragon 810, octa-core

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 also OxygenOS), its big screen, low asking price, and, of course, its powerful 3100-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 handles over 13 hours of heavy usage, including constantly on internet, regular phone calls and some video viewing. For a moderate user, this converts to about one and a half day's use.

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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

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 remains one of the best phones money can buy, largely thanks to its fantastic camera, big and bright 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, and S-Pen stylus features that make it truly unique among phones and phablets.

All these impressive features run smoothly thanks to the Note 5's Exynos 7420 octa-core chipset, which is in turn 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 have around 30 percent battery remaining by the end of the day, and it should see you several hours into the next day as well. The Note 4 also comes with a fast-charging feature, which can charge up to half your battery within about 30 minutes.

We're just disappointed that Samsung failed to follow the Note 4 and 5's great battery performance through to the otherwise brilliant Galaxy S6.

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The Note 4 is a big device with a powerful processor and QHD screen. Its battery life is a borderline miracle. / © ANDROIDPIT
Battery Capacity 3,220 mAh
Camera 3.7 MP UltraPixel (front) / 16 MP (rear)
Display 5.7-inch Super AMOLED, 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (515 ppi)
CPU Exynos 5433, octa-core

3 GB

Android version 5.1.1 Lollipop
Rate Around US$520 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. While it doesn't reach the level of the LG G3, and has lower specs, overall 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 over the previous version in terms of power consumption, and this is one of the keys to improving battery life. During normal use, you will easily find the HTC One (M8) lasting more than a day. 

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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
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 unique-to-Samsung power-saving modes like Ultra Power Saving which can help add precious hours, or even days, to the Galaxy S5 battery. Samsung even pulled a publicity stunt with a week-long, cross-country road trip on a single charge.

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
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. The Xperia Z3 is another smartphone in the 2-day battery life camp, often capable of hitting this benchmark with juice left in the tank. Unfortunately, Sony's omnibalance design means that, although the Xperia Z3 is water resistant, its battery is not removable. We also can't comment on how the Xperia Z3 battery will perform with the PS4 Remote Play feature. 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.  

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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)

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 power-saving modes (Smart or Ultra).

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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

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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  • deepak 6 days ago Link to comment

    Guys just wanna share some of the knowledge which I have had by using different phones.I normally do tones of research to buy a phone.
    And here are some performances of phones that I have used.
    I'm on about ON SCREEN TIME which includes YouTube streaming over WiFi and more of web browsing )
    IPhone 5s battery life.(below 4 hours on screen time)
    IPhone 6 battery life (4 to 4:30 hours on screen time).
    IPhone 6 plus DECENT around 5 to 6 hours on screen time)
    Galaxy note 4 DECENT with 6 hours in screen time.
    Huwaei mate 7 decent around 6 hours on screen time.
    At the moment I'm using ZUK international version with almost 7 hours on screen time sometimes 7:30 hours ) best so far.
    If u kn any phone which last longer than that plz let me kn I wud happily get it.
    But screen resolution sud be 1920x1080 minimum with snapdragon 801 minimum, screen size 5'2 inch min,

  • You should mention the BLU Studio Energy 2 with a 5,000 mAh battery and 30-day standby! www.bluproducts.com/index.php/studio-energy-2

  • Nothing beats my z3 compact. sadly it died last night :(

  • the lenovo p70, honor 4x where are they

  • have the note 4 and now using a z3 compact ,the z3 wins i don't need to worry about charging overnight and aren't constantly closing apps to conserve, with note if it was on 50% i'd put on charge in case it died for my alarm in the morning ,z3 no probs @30% ,so don't get blinded by battery size its what the phone does with ,and yet to use battery saver on the z3 compact

  • I am disappointed by the lack of any Motorola handset in this list. I'm fairly sure that the Moto X Play and DROID Turbo 2/Moto X Force would easily make this list. Makes me wonder what other phones they might have completely missed.

  • Royal V5 by iDROID USA has a long lasting battery life. The battery runs for a day and a half and the interface of the phone is simple yet innovative.

  • My Sony Xperia Z3 Compact battery lasts almost 3 full days with business use.

  • Wtf is this? I'm coming here because of my crappy LG G3 and I see it among the "best" phones for battery life?

  • Elephone P5000 has a 5350 mAh battery. By far the largest I've ever seen.

  • None of this phone have a battery like THL5000. I have one 10 months ago and works like a charm. It really have 5000 MaH of battery and no loose of capacity in all this time.
    With Wifi and 2G reaches 5 days. With 3G I use it about 3-4 days. I don't use it too much but a person who uses it all day can have battery for 2 complete days for sure.
    I know SnapDragon is lower consummer thank mediatek but I won't change my THL5000 for any listed here...
    The only "but" in this device is GPS that works very well but it uses a lot of battery. Maybe using it continuos with Google maps the battery in 4 hours drops to 60%. But I use it in car and always connect it ;)

  • Which mobile (android or windows) has highest battery life ? Please suggest....

  • Lol 4800 on my phone

  • Hah! Lg G3 battery life is terrible. Using Google maps will drain it from 100 to dead in 4 hours even after a factory reset. I woke up one hour ago, unplugged my fully charged phone, got in the car, checked my email, looked at maybe 10 Webb pages, and it's at 90%. Need a new phone!

  • I just came from an LG G3 and "downgraded" to a xiaomi redmi note 4G and I have to say, even when new, the LG didn't hold a candle to this thing in battery life

  • zte zmax 3400mAh battery

  • mangesh 7 months ago Link to comment

    another article in android pit which clearly underestimated Motorola ....moto turbo has a whooping 3900mAH battery but people here are biased and don't play fair ...it doesn't matter coz moto will keep rocking your brains out

  • The HTC M9 has been slammed in several reviews for it's Shoddy battery life as well as the LG3 below is a quote from one review From Forbes the best & worst of the HTC M9

    "The M9’s battery life is poor. It has regressed from the M8, despite being larger. The M9’s 2840mAh battery is notably bigger than the M8’s 2600mAh power pack, yet there seems to be something rapidly draining power from the M9.

    READ: New Technology Will Triple Smartphone Battery Life

    As I said in my review:

    In one hour of constant use (browsing the web) – on low-brightness – I saw a drop in battery life from 44% to 27%. With medium use, the battery fared slightly better but drained faster than expected, particularly when 4G came into the mix. The best comparison I could make is that it lasts about as long as the LG G3, which had a power-sucking quad-HD display.”

  • The Note2 deserves this

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