Phones with best battery life 2023 - buyer’s guide

GSMArena team, Last updated 18 May 2023.

Last updated: May 18, 2023 (Changelog)

Fast charging has been getting faster and more widely available even on more affordable smartphones. Still, while being able to charge a phone in half an hour, or even faster, 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

Sony Xperia 10 V

Sony Xperia 10 V

  • 175h Endurance rating (36:26h calls, 22:16h web, 34:14h video)
  • Gorilla Glass Victus on the front, IP65/IP68
  • Light and compact
  • Noticeably improved OLED display brightness, great color accuracy
  • Front-facing stereo speakers with nice and clean output
  • One of few telephoto cameras in the price segment
  • No charger in the box, not even a USB cable
  • Display is only 60Hz while all competitors offer HRR
  • Charging speed is not competitive
  • UI does not run smoothly. More powerful competitors are available
  • No 4K video recording on any camera

The Sony Xperia 10 V scored the #5 rating in our all-time top 10 battery life chart. If you are a fan of the iconic thin and tall, extra light design on the phone, there is just nothing else out there in the midrange space to offer an alternative. Similarly, the 21:9 display aspect ratio remains a pretty exclusive spotlight feature.

The Xperia 10 V finally has a stereo speaker setup and a pretty good one at that - front-facing, well-balanced and decently loud, with a clean output. Making a return - the great ingress protection rating is hard to come by in midranger space. The same is true for a telephoto camera, let alone one that does a decently good job quality-wise, like we are seeing on the Xperia 10 V.

Unfortunately, the Xperia 10 V has a handful of shortcomings - most of which are carried forward from its predecessor. Things like the lack of a high refresh rate - a 60Hz display are unacceptable on a phone of this price segment in 2023. Then there is arguably the biggest Achilles heel on the Xperia 10 V - the Snapdragon 695 chipset - the exact same chip from the Xperia 10 IV that was hardly an adequate choice then and is even less so now. So much so that the otherwise clean UI of the Xperia 10 V struggles to run and animate smoothly. Plus, the annoying 1080p video capture cap stems from a chipset limitation.

The Xperia 10 V not a bad phone, and it's undoubtedly got a few standout selling points that may tickle you just the right way - like the unusual form factor or the amazing battery. Plus, the Sony badge still has some extra weight to it - enough to mitigate the cost difference with alternative devices. If you are someone who might fancy any of those, then we'd say the Xperia 10 V is worth a (cautious) recommendation.

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Realme GT Neo 3T

Realme GT Neo 3T

  • 118h Endurance rating (31:51h calls, 14:04h web, 21:02h video)
  • 5,000mAh battery, 80W charging
  • Affordable phone
  • 120Hz OLED screen, HDR10+
  • Snapdragon 870 chip
  • Versatile camera setup
  • Stereo speakers
  • No ingress protection
  • Plastic build

The Realme GT Neo 3T is one of the best bang-for-the-buck offers right now and while usually the top spot is reserved for a Poco, the Neo 3T won this one for its better power autonomy. It is also a powerful smartphones and among the most dependable performers when it comes to battery life.

The Realme GT Neo 3T has a lot of flagship-grade features - a great HDR10+ OLED screen, 120Hz at that, one of the most powerful Snapdragon chips - SD870 5G, and plenty of cameras.

The Neo 3T has a large 5,000mAh 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 quite fast with the supplied 80W charger.

There are phones that scored better, that’s for sure, but none of these can match the Neo 3T for its all-round package and battery life, especially considering the Snapdragon 870 powerful chipset.

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Sony Xperia 10 IV

Sony Xperia 10 IV

  • 163h Endurance rating (35:19h calls, 21:12h web, 32:04h video)
  • Great OLED screen, 1B colors, HDR10
  • IP68-rated, GG Victus protection
  • Good camera quality overall, 2x telephoto
  • microSD slot, 3.5mm jack, NFC
  • 60Hz display
  • No charger in the box, not even a USB cable.
  • Charging speed is not competitive.
  • No stereo speakers.
  • Unimpressive charging speed.

Next on our list is the Sony Xperia 10 IV. It’s a mid-ranger with outstanding battery autonomy and an excellent screen for multimedia. Plus, it is one of the few phones in this price range to offer a dedicated zoom camera.

The Xperia 10 IV wowed us with its battery life – it aced all tests, including standby. It also impressed us with a great HDR OLED screen with 1B colors and dependable triple-camera on the back. The traditional Sony design with IP68-rated ingress protection is always appreciated, too.

The Xperia 10 IV is not an ideal smartphone, though. For its great battery life and versatile camera, you won’t be getting high refresh rate for the display and stereo speakers. The underpowered Snapdragon 695 5G won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Still, the Xperia 10 IV offers smooth Android experience, great multimedia and imaging, too, and with the excellent battery life it earned a spot on our shortlist.

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India Special

Realme 10 Pro+

Realme 10 Pro+

  • 149h Endurance rating (37:31h calls, 18:58h web, 21:00h video)
  • Beautiful, curved design, a first for the number series. Eye-catchy colors
  • Excellent display - bright, color accurate, 120Hz refresh, HDR10+, small cutout
  • Outstanding battery life, impressively fast charging
  • Adequate performance, excellent stability, 5G
  • Very good photo and video quality from the main and UW cameras
  • No rated splash resistance
  • Unremarkable selfie photo and video quality
  • No OIS, while the EIS doesn't work for 4K videos

The Realme 10 Pro+ is one of the few mid-rangers that has quite a few upgrades over the previous model. The 10 Pro+ brought us a larger OLED screen with a higher 120Hz refresh rate, more colors (10-bit depth), improved brightness and HDR10+ certification.

We also appreciated the improved chipset, even if the differences between the Dimensity 1080 and 920 are small. But the newer chip and the newer Android 13+Realme UI 4 software suite are probably responsible for the outstanding battery life the 10 Pro+ achieved on our battery life test. Oh, and we cannot but appreciate the slightly faster charging.

The new Realme 10 Pro+ turned out good enough for multimedia and gaming thanks to its great screen and adequate performance. But we also found it to be a good cameraphone, as it consistently delivered great photos and videos with its primary and ultrawide cameras. On the other hand, don't expect good selfies with this one.

Overall, we do recommend exploring the Realme 10 Pro+ if it ticks the right boxes for you. It's a great phone for its money and delivers solid performance across the board.

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Tecno Camon 17 Pro

Tecno Camon 17 Pro

  • 140h Endurance rating (45:11h calls, 16:32h web, 17:45h video)
  • Very loud speakers
  • Ample storage space
  • Overall likeable camera output, UW with AF
  • Great selfies, 4K selfie video too.
  • Display is LCD, not very bright either
  • Unusual speaker behavior
  • No night mode on the UW

There's a lot to like about the Camon 17 Pro, but a key selling point is undoubtedly its best-in-class battery life. Its 256GB storage is unmatched by its rivals too. The selfie camera is particularly great and the rear cameras aren't half bad either.

It's not without its flaws - mostly small ones like the missing night mode for the ultrawide camera, or the odd stereo handling of its speaker system. However, a more critical deficiency stands out - the display is an LCD among OLEDs, and it's not even all that good of an LCD. Still, we can see how the Camon can be a sensible choice if your priorities align with its strong points.

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Samsung Galaxy A23 5G

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G

  • 138h Endurance rating (38:42h calls, 18:32h web, 16:08h video)
  • Sturdy and grippy design
  • Latest Android 13 with One UI 5
  • Adequate chipset, excellent stability
  • Great photo and video quality from the main camera
  • Dual SIM, 5G, microSD, 3.5mm jack, NFC.
  • Display is LCD, not very bright either
  • Virtual proximity and ambient light sensors not as reliable
  • 4GB model offers a sluggish UX
  • No stereo speakers

We may have some reservations about the Samsung Galaxy A23 5G as an overall package for the money, but what's beyond any doubt is its excellent battery life. It's also got a smooth-running screen, likable design, powerful enough hardware, plenty of cameras, and reasonably fast charging. We appreciate the latest software suite and the various fan-favorite features like a standalone microSD slot, a 3.5mm audio jack, and NFC.

The 4GB RAM model is a bit slow, but it is also the cheaper one, and it makes sense to get it if you are not too fussy about performance and you're in this just for the endurance. The higher-specced Galaxy A23s end up costing as much as a higher-tier Galaxy, and a higher-tier galaxy will get you a lot of stuff that is better than the A23 - OLED display, water protection, proper ambient light sensor, 4K video capture. But for battery life on a budget, from a Samsung - the A23 5G is a great choice.

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Motorola Moto G82

Motorola Moto G82

  • 130h Endurance rating (36:21h calls, 15:36h web, 21:50h video)
  • Lightweight design, splash protection
  • Bright and color-accurate 120Hz OLED
  • Good quality stereo speakers
  • Clean Android experience with some added Moto features
  • Generous 128GB base storage and microSD expansion slot
  • Camera performance is unsatisfactory
  • No 4K video recording
  • No Ready For functionality

Another in a list of phones that don't quite entice us in its entirety, the Moto G82 is well worthy of a recommendation if you're after longevity. It's not a bad phone, of course - the Snapdragon 695 SoC performance is about adequate for the price bracket; the 6.6-inch OLED is color accurate and gets very bright; the clean Android experience is attractive too.

It's mostly its camera results that are giving us pause - the main sensor is probably one of the smallest in the price category, leading to sub-par results. We've also seen faster charging and more comfortable, modern under-display fingerprint readers.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

  • 126h Endurance rating (39:23h calls, 21:18h web, 23:29h video)
  • Traditional Note form factor, improved handling, still premium as ever
  • S Pen has wide-ranging functionality for work and play, is virtually without competition
  • Wonderful display
  • Excellent battery life, faster charging than big-name competitors
  • Ultra-grade camera system is one of the best on the market; primary module is a genuine improvement, zooming capability is hard to rival
  • Nothing really new this year

True flagships seldom make the Best battery life list, especially Android ones, but the Galaxy S23 Ultra changes that. It's an unmatched package that includes pretty much everything you could think of wanting in a smartphone, including impressive endurance.

Naysayers will point out that it charges too slowly, but that's relative - it's notably better in this respect than iPhone or Pixel competitors, which is arguably what matters. Maybe the Ultra's worst offence is that it's not all that different than last year's model.

That said, the S23 Ultra offers a couple of incremental upgrades here or there, while keeping the basics that already made the S22 Ultra superb. Small tweaks in the design bring meaningful improvement to handling, while the new 200MP camera is more than just a megapixel increase over the old 108MP unit.

The new camera is just one in a set of five and together they deliver possibly the most capable camera system in a smartphone overall. The S Pen may not have brought any new features, but existing ones are plenty and it's not like there's any stylus-wielding competition. The spectacular display rounds up a top-class showing when it comes to the fundamentals too.

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Realme 9

Realme 9

  • 156h Endurance rating (41:08h calls, 19:40h web, 22:57h video)
  • Bright 90Hz AMOLED screen
  • Lightweight and rather comfortable design
  • Dependable main camera performance, at day and night, nice 3x zoom
  • 33W fast charging
  • No NFC and 5G connectivity
  • Video recording isn't up to snuff
  • There are options with more powerful chipsets, UI lags

The Realme 9 is one of the most recent smartphone to impress us with battery life. It is an incredibly strong performer when it comes to battery autonomy and for that we can easily recommend it.

The Realme 9 offers a likable 90Hz OLED screen, can charge fast, and it offers dependable main camera.

It’s a phone with a weak chipset, though, there is no ingress protection, no stereo speakers, no 5G either. It is an obvious downgrade from the Realme 8, too. But as far as battery life is concerned, it can last long and it’s not a bad phone to own, too.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11

  • 126h Endurance rating (37:29h calls, 16:11h web, 20:52h video)
  • 33W charging
  • Bright AMOLED screen, 90Hz
  • Reliable cameras
  • IP53-rated, microSD, 3.5mm jack, IR blaster, FM radio
  • Stereo speakers
  • The Snapdragon 680 is lacking in GPU performance
  • Disappointing ultrawide camera, no 4K video capturing

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 is one attractive budget offer. It has a 6.43" 90Hz OLED screen and relies on the decent even if behind the curve Snapdragon 680 chipset. The camera on the back offers good regular photos, too. The stereo speakers are loud enough.

But the reason we included this Redmi Note 11 is because of its excellent battery life and 33W fast charging. You can watch videos for 20 hours and then some or talk for 37 hours uninterrupted. The Redmi Note 11offers 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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Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11S 5G

  • 131h Endurance rating (36:35h calls, 20:22h web, 15:50h video)
  • Top-notch selfies
  • 3.5mm jack, FM radio, IR blaster, microSD slot
  • Solid stereo speakers
  • The display doesn't go very bright
  • Chipset is outperformed by rivals
  • No 4K video recording

One of many Redmi Note 11s, the Note 11S 5G stands out with properly excellent battery life. A good (if not particularly bright) budget-friendly 1080p 90Hz display is on board, the stereo speakers are solid for the money, and a full set of small niceties (3.5mm jack, FM radio, IR blaster, microSD slot) is also a welcome sight.

Sure, the chipset may not be a great option for gaming, but does fine for mundane tasks. The other thing is that if you like your videos in 4K, this Redmi isn't for you. But it does take top-class selfies, though.

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Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

  • 121h Endurance rating (27:23h calls, 23:39h web, 24:38h video)
  • 4,35m3Ah 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
  • Bigger and heavier than most
  • Dynamic Island is a love-it or hate-it affair

The Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max managed to ace our battery life test and it had to be on this list. It has a sturdy design, one outstanding display (now with Dynamic Island) and unmatched performance, plus - its triple camera is one of the best options there are right now, especially if video capturing is a priority.

The Apple iOS is not for everyone, 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 A54

Samsung Galaxy A54

  • 119h Endurance rating (29:16h calls, 17:55h web, 20:11h video)
  • 120Hz Super AMOLED screen
  • Versatile camera, great selfies
  • Solid performance, latest Android
  • Stereo speakers
  • IP67-rated for dust and water resistance
  • No charger in the box
  • Video stabilization only available in 1080p

We weren't strictly fans of the Galaxy A53 as a follow-up to the A52s, but that didn't stop us from praising its battery life. The Galaxy A54 addresses one of the major shortcomings of A53 - the chipset, and now the new model replaces the old one in this battery champs shortlist with fewer reservations.

One of the pricier options in the class at launch, the Galaxy A54 is a very enticing package nonetheless - an IP67-rated Gorilla Glass 5 sandwich with a great 120Hz Super AMOLED screen, snappy performance, latest Android with long-term software support, reliable versatile camera setup with OIS and particularly nice selfies - there's little to dislike about the A54.

One of those things is the lack of a charger in the box - the phone supports up to 25W fast charging, but the charger is sold separately. Somewhat iffy video recording results are also a bit of a letdown, but hardly a dealbreaking offense either.

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Samsung Galaxy A34

Samsung Galaxy A34

  • 133h Endurance rating (31:31h calls, 19:10h web, 21:27h video)
  • Large and bright 120Hz AMOLED screen
  • Good quality stereo speakers
  • Good performance, perfect thermal behavior, latest Android
  • 5G, NFC, microSD
  • Great photo and video quality
  • IP67-rated for dust and water resistance
  • No charger in the box
  • No automatic refresh rate switching
  • Video stabilization only available in 1080p

Another Galaxy joins the list of our favorite marathon runners. The Galaxy A34 is an excellent mid-ranger with IP67 ingress protection rating, stereo speakers and large battery that also translates into top-notch endurance. Its new 6.6-inch display is now bigger than both its predecessor and the Galaxy A54, and it's 120Hz as well - a nice little upgrade over last year's 90Hz.

The chipset choice on the Galaxy A34 is also working in its favor. While the new Samsung Exynos 1380 does manage to offer a bit higher performance in the A54, the Dimensity 1080 inside the Galaxy A34 holds its own. Plus, it offers great power efficiency, hence why A34 is here. The A34 also rocks the latest Android 13 and One UI 5.1 combo, chock full of extra features, and with years of promised software support.

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Xiaomi Poco M5s

Xiaomi Poco M5s

  • 132h Endurance rating (36:33h calls, 15:56h web, 16:46h video)
  • No-nonsense design, IP53-rated
  • Bright OLED screen, small cutout, P3 support
  • Stereo speakers, good loudness and quality
  • Great performance for the class even though chipset is dated
  • Great selfies
  • Poor photo quality from all rear cameras, so-so video
  • No high screen refresh rate

The Poco M5s is an excellent all-around phone for its nearly entry-level pricing - splash-resistant design, AMOLED screen with high brightness, gaming-friendly chipset, versatile camera, and a large battery with fast charging.

There are some nice perks like stereo speakers, audio jack, IR blaster, FM radio, 3.5mm jack. And we were surprised by its good selfies and selfie portraits; even expensive Xiaomi phones cannot match these features. All these niceties for around €200 make the M5s a killer offer.

Of course, the Poco M5s is not perfect - it offers poor photo quality, and the 60Hz refresh rate for the display may be dealbreakers for many. But even with these two imperfections, we still recommend the Poco M5s for being one of the most feature-rich smartphones within its price bracket, one with an outstanding battery life, too.

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Realme GT Neo 3 150W

Realme GT Neo 3 150W

  • A full charge in 16 mins, 150W charging
  • 132h Endurance rating (36:33h calls, 15:56h web, 16:46h video)
  • The Dimensity 8100 SoC turned out to be a big upgrade
  • Great OLED screen, 1B colors, 120Hz
  • Good main camera performance, excellent selfies
  • Snappy and customizable Realme UI
  • Games capped at 60fps
  • No microSD card slot, no IP rating
  • We've seen better ultrawide cameras for the price

A quick look at the specs sheet and the GT Neo 3 150W pricing suggests that it's a device easy to recommend. It has a potent, modern chipset on board, great display, unmatched charging, dependable battery life and good main camera performance. If only it had a better auxiliary camera setup, it would have been our go-to phone in the price bracket.

Sure, the battery life isn’t stellar even if the onscreen times are rather solid. But with a record-breaking charging speed (a full charger in 16mins!), you don’t need a record-breaking battery life, do you?

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Most recent updates

May 18, 2023: Added the Sony Xperia 10 V as new top.

April 12, 2023: Added Tecno Camon 17 Pro, Galaxy A34, Galaxy A23 5G, Moto G82, Galaxy S23 Ultra. Removed Oppo Reno7 5G, Realme GT2, Realme 8, Realme 8i, Poco M4 Pro. Replaced Galaxy A53 with Galaxy A54, Poco M4 Pro 5G with Redmi Note 11S 5G.

March 15, 2023: Added the Realme 10 Pro+ as India special.

November 2, 2022: Replaced the iPhone 13 Pro Max with the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Added the Poco M5s and the Realme GT Neo 3 150W.

July 14, 2022: Added Sony Xperia 10 IV, Realme 9 Pro, Realme 9, Realme 8i, Poco M4 Pro 4G, Redmi Note 11, Oppo Find X5 Lite, Realme GT Neo 3T, Realme GT2, Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. Removed Poco F3, Redmi Note 10 Pro, Redmi Note 10, Realme 7 5G, Galaxy A42 5G, Galaxy M62, Poco M3, Poco M3 Pro, Redmi 10, Galaxy S21 5G Ultra, Realme GT Neo2, OnePlus Nord2 5G.

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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