Counterclockwise: smartphone battery endurance has doubled since 2010

28 January 2018
A steady rate of improvement means modern smartphones spend less time attached to the wall than their predecessors.

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Kangal, 04 Feb 2019Hey Peter, I figured you of all people would enjoy these ne... moreI did a similar statistic here:
https://www.gsmarena.com/counterclockwise_phone_batteries-news-28202.php

It's a bit out of date now, but I think it shows pretty clearly that battery technology has been improving over the last decade.

    Peter-B, 28 Jan 2018It's true that we switched from 50% brightness to a fixed 2... moreHey Peter, I figured you of all people would enjoy these next numbers I'm about to provide.

    The best phones (in-terms of squeezing large batteries into small bodies) are these:

    7,000mAh / 156 x 78 x 7.4 mm = 77.74 Score: Gionee m2017
    https://www.gsmarena.com/gionee_m2017-8495.php

    6,000mAh / 152 x 76 x 8.6 mm = 60.39 Score: Gionee Marathon M5
    https://www.gsmarena.com/gionee_marathon_m5-7259­.php

    5,000mAh / 147 x 71 x 8.5 mm = 56.36 Score: ZTE Blade A6
    https://www.gsmarena.com/zte_blade_a6-8970.php

    4,100mAh / 139 x 69 x 8.5 mm = 50.29 Score: Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    https://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_redmi_3_pro-8007­.php

    3,300mAh / 131 x 69 x 9.0 mm = 40.56 Score: Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_razr_maxx-4666­.php

    3,000mAh / 130 x 65 x 8.9 mm = 39.89 Score: BLU Life Pure Mini
    https://www.gsmarena.com/blu_life_pure_mini-6041­.php

    As a reference, for the Density Score the higher the better. And anything above 51 is "Perfect Score", Between a Score of 50 and 46 is an "Excellent Score". Anything between a Score of 45 and 41 is a "Good Score". Whilst scores between 40 and 36 is an "Average Score". Anything below 36 is considered a "Poor Score".

    ....in comparison to these current phones/poor performers:
    4,000mAh / 162 x 77 x 8.8 mm = Density Score 36.44: Samsung Galaxy Note9
    3,520mAh / 158 x 77 x 7.9 mm = Density Score 36.62: Google Pixel 2 XL
    4,000mAh / 156 x 75 x 8.8 mm = Density Score 38.85: Xiaomi Pocophone F1
    2,716mAh / 144 x 71 x 7.7 mm = Density Score 34.49: Apple iPhone X

    In 2019 I would rather hope the industry go towards this:
    5.7inch - 4,000mAh / 150 x 75 x 7.9 mm = 45.00 Density Score
    5.2inch - 3,500mAh / 135 x 70 x 7.9 mm = 46.88 Density Score
    4.7inch - 3,000mAh / 125 x 60 x 7.9 mm = 50.63 Density Score
    ....but I think I have a better chance of winning the lottery!

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      • n{t
      • 21 Mar 2018

      Its interestick how for 10 years the battery its only double but everythink others its like 10 times biger

        Robbie, 31 Jan 2018Fair enough. Never owned the Note 5 but remember the N4 &am... moreNote 5 only has 3000 mah li-ion battery and 2k screen. So that just says everything.

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          Zenodroid, 29 Jan 2018My note 5 lasts 3 hours longer than note 8 :-/ s5 was a day... moreFair enough. Never owned the Note 5 but remember the N4 & N8 being about the same. Both last/lasted a full day of heavy use. I can already. tell the Note 8 battery is deteriorating though, even after just 4 months.

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            • 31 Jan 2018

            mike literous, 29 Jan 2018whats better ? iphone x or Samsung j3 ?j3 :)

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              • thf
              • 30 Jan 2018

              Shazzy B, 29 Jan 2018I recently sold my Note 5 because of the battery. Complete ... moreNote 5/S6 later Series are crap, atleast the Note 4/S5 batteries can be replaced.

                Zenodroid, 29 Jan 2018My note 5 lasts 3 hours longer than note 8 :-/ s5 was a day... moreI recently sold my Note 5 because of the battery. Complete trash in that regard. Shame, since it was decent everywhere else.

                  Anonymous, 29 Jan 2018Li-Poly cells, found in Sony Xperia and now many Chinese br... moreIt is battery too, don't try to stab it or it may unstable and also exploded.
                  For more information please read from this site:

                  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithium_polymer_battery

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                    • tRf
                    • 29 Jan 2018

                    3D Memorys, 28 Jan 2018The sealed battery is safer than a removable battery becaus... moreLi-Poly cells, found in Sony Xperia and now many Chinese brands following it, seems safer than Li-Ion cells...

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                      • 29 Jan 2018

                      Alanis, 29 Jan 2018Nothing changed in using smartphone. I'm use phone in heavy... moreSomething is very wrong with your lifestyle, look for other more worthy things to do with your life, seriously...

                      If you're hooked up to a gadget all day long (other than a life support system), it's time to disconnect...

                        Robbie, 29 Jan 2018I currently own the Note 8 but owned both the S5 and Note 4... moreMy note 5 lasts 3 hours longer than note 8 :-/ s5 was a day longer. Alpha is about an hour less than note 8.

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                          • 29 Jan 2018

                          whats better ? iphone x or Samsung j3 ?

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                            • 29 Jan 2018

                            Have a Nokia 5 and somehow I am disappointed with the endurance. Felt like my Xperia Z3 with a 800 series SD CPU should eat up more battery than a 400 series but I still can't last through a whole day.

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                              • 29 Jan 2018

                              Zenodroid, 28 Jan 2018Just the s5 lasts 3 times as long as s8. With the same usag... moreI currently own the Note 8 but owned both the S5 and Note 4 in the past.
                              I always felt the N4 and S5 had great battery life, and found the Note 8 to be practically the same.
                              I do pretty much the same things for the same time on the Note 8 and the battery life is exactly where I thought it would be.
                              I'd replaced the batteries in both the S5 and Note 4 three times though over the 18 months I owned them so that helped.

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                                • Anonymous
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                                • 29 Jan 2018

                                they should say"smartphone battery endurance has doubled since 2010" but its still a quarter of what it was in 2005
                                lol

                                  Anonymous, 28 Jan 2018Samsung best battery'sMaybe note 7 :-)

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                                    • 29 Jan 2018

                                    Meme Super Rage, 28 Jan 2018The difference is just 100 mAh,let's see how his Z3 outlast... moreZ3 has SD801

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                                      • 29 Jan 2018

                                      Anonymous, 28 Jan 2018Depends on the screen, if it's AMOLED and use dark blacks t... moreNOPE...the other way around...lcd saves more power than amoled..but superAMOLED...uses the least....AMOLED AND SUPER AMOLED can use a filter to save power...but is not effective on LCD

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                                        • 29 Jan 2018

                                        Kangal, 28 Jan 20183rth comment 1st answer: its the Endurance Rating based on... moreThe test(s) are wrong for a far more fundamental reason. They do not account for changes in usage patterns therefore the results are very specific and not very informative.

                                        They were somewhat informative in 2010, less so in 2011, by 2016-17 they are almost completely useless.

                                        In short, most of the things people do is/are CPU/GPU heavy, none of those tests are. Secondly screen on use has quadrable in the meantime. A 3-hour SoT could make you almost two 2 days in 2010, a 6-hour SoT phone in 2017 can hardly make you the day. There is a reason why the subjective feel of battery life tells us that phones last *less* these days.

                                        Batteries have not increased in capacity on pace with the increase in usage times and to add insult to the injury, the one feature which would allow for a full day phone in 2017 in a practical manner (carrying a spare), is no more...

                                        Subjective battery life is less than ever. Most phones don't make the day anymore, unless one is to make a light use. That is a tragedy! Replaceable batteries should return, either that or 5000 mah batteries should become the norm. Then again people would buy anything , they accepted the falling battery lives for years now. There is a reason why most phones hardly make the day anymore...