Manufacturers are starting to make phones that have a strong focus on battery. We’re starting to see several OEMs create a lineup of devices whose primary USP is a large capacity battery, something seldom found in flagships. However, as we find in our reviews, a larger battery doesn’t always result in amazing battery life.
we take everything into consideration when we review battery life of a smartphone. While benchmarks are a great indicator of what to expect, our faith is vested in our daily usage test which spans a minimum of five days. Our regular ‘work day’, is indicative of a regular day that anyone would have at work or college. We use the phone as normal, ensuring that we cover all gamuts of usage in fair quantity, be it navigation, streaming music and videos, gaming and even social media. While we’re obviously monitoring how long the phone’s battery lasts, we are also noting down just how quickly the phone’s battery charges using the supplied charger.
Based on these thorough tests, we give the phone a battery rating, based on which, we have populated the below list for the month of April.
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro | Review
The Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro is a massive device with a 6-inch display. The large form-factor allows it to fit in a rather huge 5000mAh battery. The device, which comes with mid-range specifications, (Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor and 4GB of RAM), was a challenge for our reviewer as the battery just refused to die. Trying to drain the battery under our normal testing process proved to be incredibly cumbersome. While that was bad news for our reviewer, it only means great news for you, the user.
Gionee A1 | Review
Gionee has recently made is very clear that they are going to make smartphones that focus primarily on the selfie camera and the battery life. The Gionee A1 packs a gigantic 4010mAh battery that charges in under 2 hours thanks to fast charging and lasts well into two days of use. The Gionee A1 has mid-range specifications but performs at an acceptable level. The front camera is definitely bound to win hearts and the battery life makes it not just a good choice as a backup phone, but even as your primary device.
Asus Zenfone 3 Max | Review
Another big battery contender, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max comes with a 4100mAh battery that gave our reviewer sleepless nights (in trying to measure just how long it would last). It lasted over 15 hours in looped video playback and racked up over 12 hours of run time in PCMark’s battery test. Easily lasting two days, the Asus Zenfone 3 Max was subject to all kinds of use, with little consideration for clearing background apps. The phone’s battery offers significant peace of mind.
Nubia Z11 mini S | Review
Nubia is a sub-brand of ZTE and while the parent company hasn’t had a lot of success in India, Nubia is pushing out some fantastic handsets in the country. Again, the price bracket confines the CPU and RAM into the mid-range segment, but even for that the Nubia Z11 mini S packs a very impressive battery and camera. The performance of the phone doesn’t leave room for any complaints when evaluating it keeping in mind that it IS a mid-range. Another notable feature of the Nubia Z11 mini S happens to be its design and build quality, which reflects elegance and quality. This is one stunner of a phone which was designed for extended use.
OnePlus 3T | Review
The OnePlus 3T is probably the only phone that makes it into any and every list, except those that include the price bracket it falls in. The OnePlus 3T comes with the top of the line processor and more RAM than any other globally available phone, all without compromising on battery life. In fact, battery life has been one of the strongest reasons to compel people to extend their budget a little and get the OnePlus 3T. we were consistently getting 4 hours of Screen on Time along with real life usage of at least one and a half days. While phones on this list have given longer battery times, the one area where the OnePlus 3T leaves them all behind is the fact that the supplied Dash Charger can charge the battery from 0 to 100 in under 80 minutes. Sometimes, the ability to replenish the battery trumps how long it lasts, and in this case, you’re getting best of both the worlds.