Years ago, smartphones lasted longer, but that’s because they weren’t very fast, their screens didn’t have high resolutions and their cameras weren’t so advanced. But nowadays, people spend too much time on social media networks, they take tens of photos or play games until they lose track of time.
Everything has changed and even if batteries have become bigger, they have a shorter life. If you want a phone with a decent battery life, we will tell you which 2016 premium models had the best results.
16 smartphones were tested with their displays set at 200 nits, which is a comfortable brightness level. Each device was put through a browser testing without a stand-by time and these are the scores that highlighted the best and worst performer:
- iPhone 7 Plus: 9 h 5 min
- iPhone 7: 7h 46 min
- Pixel: 7h 45 min
- iPhone SE: 7h 41 min
- Xiaomi Mi 5: 7h 27 min
- Pixel XL: 7h 19 min
- Galaxy S7 edge: 7h 18 min
- HTC 10: 7h 10 min
- Moto Z Force Droid Edition: 7h 9 min
- Huawei P9: 6h 51 min
- Xperia XZ: 6h 41 min
- Galaxy S7: 6h 37 min
- LG V20: 6h 23 min
- OnePlus 3: 5h 53 min
- Moto Z Droid Edition: 5h 52 min
- LG G5: 5h 51 min
As you can see, the iPhone 7 Plus, which has received a small battery upgrade to 2900 mAh (from 2,750mAh), is on top of the list and Apple is finally proud of this achievement, after numerous complaints in the past from owners of previous iPhones, and there’s a small difference of only 4 minutes between the Google Pixel and iPhone SE.
LG is at the bottom of the list because it used only a 2800mAh battery for the G5, which can’t handle the 5.3-inch QHD screen and the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 processor. The V20 has the same processor, but a larger screen of 5.7-inch and the battery is also larger (3200mAh), and it can last almost 30 minutes more than its sibling.