Phones with best battery life 2021 - buyer’s guide

GSMArena team, Last updated 02 December.

Last updated: December 02, 2021 (Changelog)

Fast charging has been getting faster and more widely available even on more affordable smartphones. Still, while being able to top up a phone in less than an hour, or even as fast as half an hour, can lead to changing your charging habits entirely, actual battery autonomy remains a key priority - no flash charge can help you out when there's no power outlet around.

So, on this page you will find the phones that prioritize battery life and scored at the top of our battery testing chart.


Editors' choice

Xiaomi Poco F3

Xiaomi Poco F3

Specs
  • 114h Endurance rating (23:40h calls, 15:58h web, 19:02h video)
  • 4,520mAh battery, 33W charging
  • Cheap, yet flagship-grade phone
  • 120Hz OLED screen, HDR10+
  • Snapdragon 870 chip
  • Versatile camera setup
  • IP53-rated
  • No microSD slot, no 3.5mm jack
  • Mediocre ultrawide camera quality

The Poco F3 is currently one of the most powerful smartphones and the most dependable performers when it comes to battery life.

The threequel to the legendary Pocophone has everything a flagship on a budget should pack - a great HDR10+ OLED screen, 120Hz at that, one of the most powerful Snapdragon chips - SD870 5G, and plenty of cameras.

The Poco F3 has a large enough 4,520mAh battery that turned out to be quite dependable – it provides the ultimate gaming and/or multimedia experience in one charge. And then you can top up that battery nicely fast with the supplied 33W charger.

There are phones that scored better, that’s for sure, but none of these can match the Poco F3 for its all-round package and battery life, especially considering the Snapdragon 888 powerful chipset.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Specs
  • 118h Endurance rating (28:45h calls, 14:13h web, 17:44h video)
  • Great 120Hz AMOLED screen, HDR10
  • Snapdragon 732G chipset is snappy and efficient
  • Good camera quality overall
  • Dedicated microSD slot, 3.5mm jack, NFC
  • IP53-rated, dual Gorilla Glass 5
  • No reverse charging
  • No Night Mode on ultrawide, low-light quality is merdiocre
  • A higher grade chipset would have been more exciting

Next on our list is the Redmi Note 10 Pro. It’s a mid-ranger with outstanding battery autonomy and fast enough charging. It impresses with a higher-grade 120Hz AMOLED screen and a 108MP primary camera with enjoyable stills and videos.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is quite the looker, too. It has two Gorilla Glass 5 panels and is IP53-rated. It packs all sorts of connectivity options, NFC included. The Snapdragon 732G isn’t as exciting as some faster SoCs within other competitors, but it sure get the job done and is adequate for its price.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is available under different names on different markets. You can get also get it as Redmi Note 10 Pro Max in India.

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Realme 8

Realme 8

Specs
  • 127h Endurance rating (36:10h calls, 17:41h web, 17:12h video)
  • Bright Super AMOLED HDR10 screen
  • Solid performance on a budget
  • 3.5mm jack, microSD, NFC, FM radio
  • 30W fast charging
  • Over the top design
  • The camera quality is subpar
  • No stereo speakers

The Realme 8 impressed us with its long battery life and fast charging. It also packs one very decent Super AMOLED screen and a capable Helio G95 chip, which does well for games. It also offers speedy charging, NFC, a 3.5mm jack, a dedicated microSD slot, and even FM radio.

Its camera setup may be packing four shooters, but the photo quality of the main and ultrawide shooters was rather uninspiring. The videos turned out nice, though, selfies, too.

The Realme 8 isn't the best phone, but it's cheap, it aced our battery life test, and it offers more than enough for its price.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

Specs
  • 110h Endurance rating (41:21h calls, 13:55h web, 20:13h video)
  • 33W charging
  • Bright Full HD Super AMOLED screen
  • Good quad-camera
  • IP53-rated, microSD, 3.5mm jack, FM radio
  • Stereo speakers
  • No NFC
  • Not the fastest SoC around

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 is one attractive budget offer. It has a 6.43" 1080p OLED screen and relies on the decent though behind the curve Snapdragon 678 chipset. The camera on the back offers good regular and ultrawide photos, videos turned out fine, too.

But the reason we included this Redmi Note 10 is because of its outstanding battery life and 33W fast charging. You can watch videos for 20 hours and then some or talk for 41 hours uninterrupted. The Redmi Note 10 offers great battery autonomy in addition to its balanced feature set and we do recommend it. Plus, it is very reasonably priced, too.

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Realme 7 5G

Realme 7 5G

Specs
  • 129h Endurance rating (35:38h calls, 18:57h web, 16:03h video)
  • 30W charging
  • Large Full HD screen, 120Hz
  • Weather-sealed ports and loudspeaker
  • Good quad-camera
  • Very good performance, 5G
  • NFC, 3.5mm jack, microSD slot
  • 120Hz refresh rate handling and automatic switching needs work

The Realme 7 5G is among the cheapest 5G phones priced at around €250 or so. It offers a large LCD screen with 120Hz refresh rate and runs on the Dimensity 800U 5G chip that provides decent performance. You can also rely on a pretty good quad-camera on the back.

The Realme 7 5G is a champ when it comes to battery life though. It scored a 129h endurance rating on our battery life test and is great for calls, web and even video playback. It charges quite fast, too. It is really hard to find flaws in this offer and that's why it deserves to go in ours and yours shopping lists.

There is a newer, but not better Realme 8 5G model, which is a tiny bit cheaper. But it has inferior screen, GPU, camera and charging speed, so we chose to keep the Realme 7 5G instead.

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Xiaomi Poco M3

Xiaomi Poco M3

Specs
  • 154h Endurance rating (46:04h calls, 21:57h web, 17:03h video)
  • Large 1080p screen, small notch
  • Okay camera experience
  • 6,000mAh battery, 18W charging
  • Stereo speakers, IR port, microSD, 3.5mm jack
  • No ultrawide camera
  • No NFC
  • Gaming would require lowering the screen resolution

The $130/€150 Poco M3 is our next pick in our ever-expanding battery life champions list. It has a large high-res LCD screen, stereo speakers and a massive 6,000mAh battery with fast charging, which all make the M3 overqualified for this budget class. The phone scored an outstanding 154h endurance rating on our battery life test and it secured a spot on this list right then and there.

Gaming is very much possible, too, you just need to lower the graphics settings and resolution. The M3 won't be known for its camera prowess either, but it's not that bad. It makes up for that with speedy charging, a 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers, and a microSD storage.

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Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G

Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G

Specs
  • 121h Endurance rating (32:14h calls, 18:05h web, 16:36h video)
  • Large 1080p screen, small notch
  • Good camera experience
  • 5,000mAh battery, 18W charging
  • IR port, microSD, 3.5mm jack, NFC
  • No ultrawide camera
  • No stereo speakers
  • Gaming would require lowering the screen resolution

The €170 Poco M3 Pro joins the Poco M3 in this chapter. It has a large 1080p LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate support and the most affordable 5G-capble chip – the Dimensity 700 5G. The M3 Pro scored an excellent 121h endurance rating on our battery life test and it can be recharged fast enough.

The M3 Pro does not offer stereo speakers like the regular M3 model. And gaming is only possible by using the lowest graphics settings and resolution. But it’s an okay phone, quite affordable at that, offering 5G, a good screen, a 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, and a microSD storage.

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Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G

Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G

Specs
  • 123h Endurance rating (33:26h calls, 18:47h web, 16:31h video)
  • Large 1080p 90Hz screen, small notch
  • Versatile camera experience
  • 5,000mAh battery, 33W charging
  • Stereo speakers, IR port, microSD, 3.5mm jack, NFC
  • Gaming would require lowering the screen resolution
  • No macro camera, no 4K video capturing
  • Not so good speaker quality

The €200 (early bird/promo price) Poco M3 Pro joins the Poco M3 and M3 Pro 5G for its outstanding batter life. In addition to the good 1080p 90Hz display and large battery, this updated version also receives stereo speakers, an ultrawide camera and much faster charging.

The M4 Pro does performance is far from ideal and the speakers' sound output isn't that good. But if gaming is not that important you can have an affordable 5G phone with good camera and multimedia experience and great battery life with this M4 Pro 5G.

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Xiaomi Redmi 10

Xiaomi Redmi 10

Specs
  • 127h Endurance rating (46:37h calls, 16:46h web, 13:00h video)
  • 90Hz LCD screen
  • Versatile camera
  • microSD, 3.5mm jack, IR port, FM radio
  • Stereo speakers
  • No NFC
  • Not the fastest SoC around
  • Underwhelming photo and video quality

The Xiaomi Redmi 10 is a good budget offer. The Redmi 10 employs a large has a 6.5" 1080p LCD screen with 90Hz refresh rate. The phone relies on the Helio G88 chip, which is okay for most jobs but may lag at some. The camera on the back offers normal, ultrawide, macro and portrait photos, but the photo and video quality is not that good.

Of course, we've included the Redmi 10 is because of its outstanding battery life You can watch videos for 13 hours or talk for 46 hours uninterrupted. The Redmi 10 can offer great battery life and is quite cheap and that's why it's on out list.

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Samsung Galaxy M62

Samsung Galaxy M62

Specs
  • 7000mAh battery, 25W charging (older model had 156h endurance)
  • Large 1080p AMOLED, good performance
  • Promising photo and video quality
  • Potent chip with flagship-like performance
  • Recent software
  • Others offer HRR screens at that price

The $400 Samsung Galaxy M62 and its large 7,000mAh battery are an instant attention-grabber. Unlike the Galaxy A42 5G we recommended above, this M62 comes with a 1080p screen, is noticeably faster to charge and it packs one very capable Exynos chip with excellent performance. So, if the battery and the OLED resolution are of great importance - this could be the better option.

The only thing stopping us to instantly recommend this one is that others have HRR screens and stereo speakers for the same cash. And it's sold mostly in Asia, making it a nearly impossible option for the Western markets.

SPECS

This year managed to surprise us with some battery champions that also happen to be flagships, so we've decided on mentioning those, too. Until recently only mid-rangers and entry-levels phones were capable of making this list, but we are more than happy to see flagships evolving into such powerhouses, too.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Specs
  • 121h Endurance rating (27:26h calls, 20:10h web, 24:12h video)
  • 4,352mAh battery, 20W charging
  • Excellent OLED screen, Dolby Vision and HDR10
  • The fastest chip on the market
  • Versatile triple-camera setup, macro mode
  • Sturdy design, IP68
  • Not the fastest charging
  • Chipset is prone to throttling

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max managed to ace our battery life test and it had to be on this list - it's one of the first Apple devices to make it here. It has sturdy design, one outstanding display and unmatched performance, plus - its triple camera is one of the best options there are right now.

The Apple iOS is not for everyone, the A15 chip could be throttling under heavy loads and the fast charging is not that fast - this means it's not all good news for the iPhone. Still, for its great endurance rating and flagship traits, it deserves a spot on the list.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Specs
  • 114h Endurance rating (35:32h calls, 15:04h web, 17:53h video)
  • 5,000mAh battery, 25W charging
  • Excellent AMOLED screen, HDR10
  • Top-notch performance
  • Versatile four-camera setup, great selfies
  • Sturdy design, IP68
  • Not the fastest charging
  • Uses different chipsets in different regions

  • Bulky and slippery

The best Samsung smartphone for 2021 - the Galaxy S21 Ultra - also passed our battery life test with flying colors. It has enough juice to keep alive the large AMOLED and the powerful hardware, and you can shoot with all of its cameras for quite sometime.

The Ultra is not only one of the best flagships, but also one of the best cameraphones. It is also a really good performer as far as battery life is concerned, and if you don't mind the Exynos chip and the phone size, you will be happy with this Ultra.

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Fast charging

Realme GT Neo2

Realme GT Neo2

Specs
  • 111h Endurance rating (32:18h calls, 14:34h web, 22:17h video)
  • 5,000mAh battery, 65W charging
  • Attractive design
  • Snapdragon 870 5G chip
  • Good camera experience
  • 120Hz AMOLED screen
  • No IP rating
  • No HRR gaming

The previously India-exclusive Realme GT Neo2 is now available in Europe and the early birds can grab one for €370 or so. The GT Neo2 has a flagship 120Hz OLED screen, one of the fastest chips - the Snapdragon 870 5G, great triple-camera on the back, stereo speakers, and super-fast charging for the 5,000mAh battery - it goes from flat to full in 32 minutes!

The Realme GT Neo2 did great on the battery life test, too, scoring a 111h endurance rating. If you don't mind not having ingress protection and the 60fps cap for games, this phone is an excellent offer for its price and skills.

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Fast charging

OnePlus Nord 2 5G

OnePlus Nord 2 5G

Specs
  • 102h Endurance rating (24:55h calls, 16:24h web, 16:02h video)
  • 4,500mAh battery, 65W charging
  • Attractive design
  • Powerful Dimensity 1200 5G chip
  • Good camera experience
  • OnePlus's Oxygen on a Fluid AMOLED
  • No IP rating
  • Limited HRR gaming

We've chosen the OnePlus Nord 2 5G for its 65W fast charging and decent endurance rating of 102h. The phone's 4,500mAh battery recharges from 0% to 100% in half an hour, which is amazing!

The Nord 2 5G is also one of the best mid-rangers this year, one that also qualifies for a flagship killer. It has a nice 90Hz Fluid AMOLED, a powerful Dimensity 1200 5G chipset, and capable cameras across the board. The Oxygen launcher is as cool and fast as ever, too.

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US option

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

Samsung Galaxy A42 5G

Specs
  • 144h Endurance rating (41:01h calls, 19:12h web, 24:11h video)
  • Bright AMOLED, flagship-grade performance, 5G
  • Great photo and video quality
  • Recent software
  • Low-res screen
  • Sluggish charging

The Samsung Galaxy A42 5G is one very interesting offer. We've considered it previously for this chapter and then dropped it months later. But it seems this phone is one of the few Galaxy A 5G models sold in the USA and is a recent model there. That's why we are reinstating the Galaxy A42 5G here as a 'local offer', as it's a great pick on the US market.

The Galaxy A42 5G has an AMOLED screen and flagship-grade performance in addition to its great battery life and photography skills. It even offers 5G connectivity at that price.

There is a catch, though. The screen is of 720p resolution and charging the beefy battery takes longer than we'd have liked it. Then again, at that price we are getting plenty, more than we would have hoped for, in fact.

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Most recent updates

November 30, 2021: Added Samsung Galaxy 42 5G as US local offer.

November 18, 2021: Added Poco M4 Pro 5G.

November 5, 2021: Added the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Realme GT Neo2, and the OnePlus Nord 2 5G.

October 20, 2021: Added the Redmi 10. Removed the Galaxy A12, Realme 7 Pro, Galaxy A42 5G.

June 30, 2021: Added the Poco M3 Pro.

May 19, 2021: Replaced the Poco F2 Pro with the Poco F3 as our Editors' Choice. Replaced the Realme 6i with the Realme 8. Replaced the Redmi Note 9S with the Redmi Note 10 Pro. Replaced the Mi Note 10 Lite with the Redmi Note 10. Replaced the Galaxy A21s with the Galaxy A12. Replaced the Galaxy M51 with the Galaxy M62. Removed the Galaxy M30s, Moto G9 Plus, Moto G8 Power / G Power.

Jan 05, 2021: Added Samsung Galaxy M51. Added Samsung Galaxy A42 5G. Added Poco M3. Added Moto G8 Power / G Power.

Nov 27, 2020: Replaced Moto G8 Power with G9 Plus. Replaced the Realme 5 with Realme 7 Pro and Realme 7 5G. Added Samsung Galaxy A21s. Added Mi Note 10 Lite. Removed iQOO 3.


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Reader comments

I literally just bought a Redmi Note 10 Pro (and had I have more money, I'll buy poco F3) the latest isn't always the greatest, sometimes 1 year old devices is fine as long as you know what are you looking for

This is 2022 Please update your all list.

Check the update data. It had been replaced by Galaxy M62