Chart Topper: The Gionee Marathon M5 battery life test is in

Kaloyan, 28 February, 2016

Gionee Marathon M5 is one truly fascinating device. This chubby fella is heavy at 211g for a reason - the 5.5" smartphone is powered by a massive Li-Po 6,020 mAh. The mid-range chipset in charge of the Marathon M5 isn't popular as a power efficient silicone, but considering the battery size and the modest quad-core processor, it shouldn't matter that much.

The M5 utilizes a 5.5" AMOLED screen, which may affect the power performance, too, as the AMOLEDs turned out not that great performance on previous Gionee smartphones.

Enough with the introductions, let's get down to business, shall we?

Gionee has rated the M5 capable of making 68 hours of 2G calls and 28 hours when hooked on to a 3G network. In our testing the M5 lasted 38 hours worth of calltime on a 3G network.

Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
    46:44h
  • Gionee Marathon M5
    38:07h
  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
    33:20h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
    33:19h
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    32:54h
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    32:53h
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    30:46h
  • OnePlus 2
    30:29h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    30:29h
  • Motorola DROID Turbo
    30:09h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    29:46h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
    29:46h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    29:46h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
    29:46h
  • Huawei Honor 5X
    29:40h
  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
    28:34h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    28:34h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    28:34h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    28:31h
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
    28:25h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
    28:23h
  • Huawei G8
    27:44h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    27:37h
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    26:53h
  • Huawei Mate 8
    26:45h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active
    26:29h
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    26:28h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    26:01h
  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
    25:45h
  • LG G3
    25:38h
  • LG G Pro 2
    25:37h
  • LG G Flex
    25:19h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    25:16h
  • LG G2
    25:15h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
    25:12h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    25:12h
  • BlackBerry Passport
    25:12h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    25:12h
  • Motorola Nexus 6
    25:03h
  • Alcatel Hero
    25:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
    25:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    25:02h
  • Oppo N1
    25:01h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    24:52h
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    24:23h
  • Oppo R7s
    24:03h
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    23:49h
  • LG AKA
    23:20h
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    23:13h
  • Meizu PRO 5
    23:10h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
    23:09h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
    23:09h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
    23:09h
  • Oppo R7
    22:58h
  • Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
    22:42h
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
    22:36h
  • Motorola Moto X Style
    22:23h
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    22:20h
  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue
    22:16h
  • HTC One Max
    22:13h
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    22:13h
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    22:13h
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    22:13h
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    22:13h
  • Lenovo ZUK Z1
    22:13h
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual
    22:11h
  • Meizu MX4 Pro
    22:09h
  • Yota YotaPhone 2
    22:09h
  • Samsung ATIV SE
    22:05h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    22:02h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    21:41h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
    21:39h
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    21:18h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    21:02h
  • Meizu m2 note
    20:55h
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    20:50h
  • LG Optimus G Pro E985
    20:45h
  • HTC One M9
    20:44h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    20:42h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    20:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    20:27h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    20:24h
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
    20:22h
  • Motorola RAZR i XT890
    20:07h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate7
    20:06h
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 Duos
    20:04h
  • Samsung Galaxy E7
    20:04h
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    20:04h
  • Oppo Find 7
    20:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
    20:01h
  • BlackBerry Q10
    20:00h
  • OnePlus One
    19:56h
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    19:55h
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
    19:54h
  • Sony Xperia SP
    19:49h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
    19:48h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    19:48h
  • Sony Xperia T3
    19:48h
  • HTC Butterfly 2
    19:23h
  • HTC Butterfly S
    19:14h

We ran our web browsing script on the Gionee Marathon M5, which mimics normal browsing with a few web pages saved on our servers. The M5 managed to run the script for few minutes short of 31 hours - a really impressive score. Then again - the M5 packs a massive battery and modest specs, so it isnít that surprising, and, in fact, it could have been better.

Web browsing

  • Gionee Marathon M5
    30:51h
  • Huawei Mate 8
    17:05h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
    16:41h
  • Sony Xperia E4
    16:40h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active
    16:25h
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    15:11h
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
    15:05h
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
    14:52h
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    14:35h
  • Meizu MX4
    14:06h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate7
    13:53h
  • Huawei P8
    13:32h
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    13:26h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
    13:14h
  • HTC Butterfly 2
    13:11h
  • Meizu m1 note
    13:05h
  • Huawei Honor 6
    12:59h
  • Meizu PRO 5
    12:51h
  • Sony Xperia C
    12:45h
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
    12:42h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    12:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    12:37h
  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
    12:31h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    12:30h
  • HTC One (M8)
    12:29h
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    12:27h
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    12:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    12:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
    12:18h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    12:17h
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    12:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    11:55h
  • Nokia XL
    11:54h
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    11:52h
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    11:51h
  • Sony Xperia Z3+
    11:51h
  • HTC Desire 816
    11:48h
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual
    11:47h
  • LG G2
    11:42h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos
    11:36h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    11:36h
  • Meizu m1 metal
    11:33h
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    11:32h
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    11:32h
  • Motorola DROID Turbo
    11:31h
  • Sony Xperia E1
    11:30h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
    11:20h
  • HTC One Max
    11:20h
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    11:20h
  • HTC Butterfly S
    11:07h
  • Asus PadFone X
    11:07h
  • LG G2 mini
    11:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    11:01h
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    10:58h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
    10:56h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    10:56h
  • HTC Desire 510
    10:53h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
    10:52h
  • Motorola Moto G 4G
    10:52h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
    10:52h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
    10:50h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
    10:50h
  • Lenovo ZUK Z1
    10:46h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    10:43h
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    10:39h
  • Huawei Honor 7
    10:38h
  • LG AKA
    10:38h
  • Nokia Lumia 830
    10:36h
  • Apple iPhone 6
    10:29h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    10:25h
  • Meizu MX4 Pro
    10:24h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
    10:23h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
    10:23h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
    10:23h
  • Nokia Lumia 630
    10:18h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    10:14h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
    10:14h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    10:14h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
    10:14h
  • BlackBerry Passport
    10:12h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    10:12h
  • BlackBerry Q5
    10:04h
  • HTC Desire Eye
    10:02h
  • HTC One (E8)
    10:02h
  • Huawei Honor 5X
    10:00h
  • Nokia Lumia 635
    10:00h
  • Huawei G8
    10:00h
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    9:58h
  • HTC One
    9:58h
  • Apple iPhone 5
    9:56h
  • Meizu m2 note
    9:54h
  • Samsung Ativ Odyssey I930
    9:54h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    9:52h
  • Sony Xperia M2
    9:48h
  • Sony Xperia E3
    9:48h
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    9:47h
  • OnePlus One
    9:46h
  • Huawei Mate S
    9:43h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    9:43h
  • Alcatel Hero
    9:40h

Finally, the video playback test should tell you how long the M5 will last you when watching your favorite TV show on it. The M5 has enough juice to go north of 26 hours at video playback before hitting our critical 10% battery threshold. Now that's impressive!

Video playback

  • Gionee Marathon M5
    26:24h
  • LG G Flex
    19:57h
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    18:36h
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    18:04h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active
    18:03h
  • Meizu PRO 5
    18:02h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
    18:01h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    17:52h
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    17:50h
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    16:35h
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    16:22h
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
    15:03h
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
    14:58h
  • Samsung Galaxy E7
    14:57h
  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    14:17h
  • Lenovo ZUK Z1
    14:14h
  • Oppo R7s
    14:05h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate7
    14:04h
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    13:57h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    13:53h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    13:51h
  • Motorola DROID Turbo
    13:41h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    13:32h
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    13:12h
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    13:12h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    13:12h
  • HTC One Max
    13:11h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    13:08h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
    13:04h
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
    13:04h
  • Sony Xperia C
    12:53h
  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260
    12:51h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
    12:51h
  • Huawei Honor 6
    12:51h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
    12:45h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    12:45h
  • Meizu MX4 Pro
    12:41h
  • Huawei Mate 8
    12:34h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    12:31h
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    12:30h
  • BlackBerry Q5
    12:28h
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual
    12:22h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    12:21h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    12:18h
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    12:16h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    12:12h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
    12:12h
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
    12:10h
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    12:06h
  • LG AKA
    11:54h
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    11:47h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    11:38h
  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
    11:37h
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
    11:32h
  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4
    11:29h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100
    11:27h
  • Huawei Mate S
    11:26h
  • OnePlus One
    11:23h
  • HTC One (E8)
    11:16h
  • BlackBerry Q10
    11:15h
  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
    11:15h
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    11:15h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    11:15h
  • Oppo N1
    11:15h
  • Meizu m1 note
    11:09h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
    11:02h
  • Asus PadFone X
    11:01h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    10:47h
  • BlackBerry Passport
    10:46h
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    10:46h
  • vivo X5Max
    10:44h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
    10:41h
  • vivo X5Pro
    10:41h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
    10:38h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
    10:38h
  • HTC Desire Eye
    10:35h
  • LG G Flex2
    10:35h
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    10:35h
  • HTC Desire 816
    10:34h
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    10:31h
  • HTC Butterfly 2
    10:26h
  • LG G2 mini
    10:23h
  • Nokia Lumia 735
    10:20h
  • Huawei G8
    10:20h
  • Apple iPhone 5
    10:12h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    10:11h
  • HTC One (M8)
    10:11h
  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom
    10:08h
  • Samsung ATIV SE
    10:07h
  • Sony Xperia M2
    10:04h
  • HTC First
    10:03h
  • HTC One
    10:02h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    10:01h
  • Motorola Nexus 6
    10:01h
  • Motorola Moto X
    10:01h
  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus
    10:00h
  • Nokia Lumia 635
    10:00h
  • Nokia Lumia 630
    10:00h
  • Samsung Galaxy Express I8730
    10:00h
  • Huawei P8lite ALE-L04
    10:00h

Our final endurance score factors in standby battery performance as well. When using only one SIM card on the M5, it can stay on standby for more than 15 days. Opting for a second SIM card will reduce the standby performance by a day - down to 14 days.

So, Gionee Marathon M5 scored a 148h overall endurance rating with one SIM and 144 h with two SIM cards, which means you can count on the battery to last 6 days on both occasions if you do an hour each of calling, web browsing and video playback a day.

Such usage pattern is of course entirely artificial, but we've established it, so our battery results are comparable across devices. You can input a usage pattern of your own over at our full battery test score table, where you can also compare it to all of the smartphones we've tested.

Our battery testing procedure procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.

In 2016, we're transitioning to using a fixed 200nit screen brightness for our battery tests instead of merely positioning the brightness slider at 50% which worked out to a relatively random brightness level.

The level of 200nits, which we've chosen for our tests, has become somewhat of an industry standard. But more importantly, it's both the median and average value of the (relatively random) brightness levels at which we've tested all reviewed devices so far. This means our older battery life results will remain equally relevant and comparable as before.


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Reader comments

  • Divanuella

Why does the phone go off occasionally? What could be the problem?

  • fortunate

the m5 is good battery lasting and other awesome features like tv remote fast in response multitorch even wet hand doesn't matter when operating,brightness is very OK the graphics ui is sharp...it is OK.

  • AnonD-632062

Awesome!