Phones with best battery life 2023 - buyer’s guide

GSMArena team, Last updated 15 March 2023.

Last updated: March 15, 2022 (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 as 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

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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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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Realme 8

Realme 8

  • 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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Realme 8i

Realme 8i

  • 131h Endurance rating (42:09h calls, 17:49h web, 13:59h video)
  • Adaptive 120Hz LCD with good contrast
  • Excellent photo quality, good Night Mode.
  • Not the fastest SoC around
  • No ultrawide camera
  • Quiet single speaker.

The Realme 8i is the last Realme recommendation for now, we promise. It’s one of the most affordable smartphones in this chapter, but it still can offer a 102Hz LCD screen, good camera performance, and outstanding battery life.

The Realme 8i is quite cheap and for that we can forgive the absence of stereo speakers, splash resistance or the ultrawide camera. It’s not that fast either, but we found the performance to be satisfactory and we rarely saw stutter.

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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 Poco M4 Pro

Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro

  • 126h Endurance rating (38:38h calls, 15:20h web, 19:52h video)
  • 33W charging
  • 90Hz OLED screen
  • Good quad-camera
  • IP53-rated design
  • NFC, 3.5mm jack, microSD slot
  • No 4K video capturing

The Poco M4 Pro (4G) offers excellent battery life on top of its decent specs sheet and affordable price. The 4G model packs a 90Hz OLED display and runs on the Helio G96 chipset, which is a good performer for day-to-day operations.

The cameras on the Poco M4 Pro shoot good photos and videos, as we liked the stereo speakers and the fast charging capabilities.

Overall, we’d recommend the Poco M4 Pro for its cheap price, good features, and the excellent battery life, of course.

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Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G

Xiaomi Poco M4 Pro 5G

  • 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
  • No macro camera, no 4K video capturing
  • Not so good speaker quality

The Poco M4 Pro 5G joins the Poco M4 Pro for its outstanding battery life. It also comes with a good 1080p 90Hz display and large battery, there are stereo speakers and fast charging, too.

The M4 Pro 5G has similar performance as the M4 Pro 4G – not bad, but not gaming-friendly either. It doesn’t have a macro camera and its base version starts with 4GB RAM. 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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Oppo Reno7 5G

Oppo Reno7 5G

  • 123h Endurance rating (28:41h calls, 16:31h web, 18:05h video)
  • 65W fast charging
  • 90Hz HDR10+ OLED
  • Great photo and video quality across the board
  • 3.5mm jack, standalone microSD expansion, NFC
  • No ingress protection
  • No stereo speakers
  • Runs on Android 11

We found the Reno7 5G (Asia) a.k.a. Find X5 Lite (Europe) to be an excellent smartphone with a well-rounded specs and a reasonable price. On top of the great battery life, the phone also offers an excellent 90Hz OLED screen, reliable performance and stability via the Dimensity 900 5G chipset, and great camera quality.

There are no stereo speakers and no ingress protection on this Oppo and these are probably the only caveats we can find on this phone. It is available under different name on different continents, but the fact remains – an excellent value for money offer with superb battery life.

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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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Realme GT2

Realme GT2

  • 115h Endurance rating (27:04h calls, 18:22h web, 22:03h video)
  • 65W fast charging
  • Snapdragon 888 5G
  • Large 120Hz HDR10+ OLED
  • Stereo speakers
  • Solid main camera performance
  • No ingress protection
  • No telephoto cam, and lackluster ultrawide and selfie performance.

The Realme GT2 is a flagship-grade smartphone with a top-notch display, excellent performance, reliable camera experience, and incredibly fast charging.

The Realme GT2 has no ingress protection and its updates over the regular GT model are marginal, but it is a good offers with excellent battery life for this flagship chipset and we do recommend putting it on your shortlist if you are after both gaming performance and battery life.

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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

  • 113h Endurance rating (32:11h calls, 12:43h web, 19:58h video)
  • 120Hz Super AMOLED screen
  • Versatile camera
  • Decent performance
  • Stereo speakers
  • IP67-rated for dust and water resistance
  • No charger in the box
  • Downgraded since A52s in performance, 3.5mm jack, no Wi-Fi 6

Both the Galaxy A52s and the Galaxy A53 have similar battery life, but the A52s is the better smartphone for its faster chipset and richer connectivity package. Unfortunately, the A52s stock will be gone soon, if not already, and that’s why we cannot include it here. We can still recommend its Galaxy A53 successor, though.

The Galaxy A53 is a very good offer – it is competitively priced and offers IP67-rated design, a great 120Hz Super AMOLED screen, snappy performance with 5G, a reliable versatile camera setup with OIS.

The Galaxy A53 supports up to 25W fast charging, but the charger is sold separately. The missing Wi-Fi 6 and audio jack from the A52s are baffling. But even with these, it is one solid allrounder and deserves a spot on this list.

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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

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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Reader comments

  • Pink Pineapple
  • 9 hours ago
  • sRc

Now, why on earth would someone need a phone with the longest battery life? Unless, of course, they're so hooked on their device that they can't bear to put it down for a minute. I mean, come on, what kind of person needs a phone that...

I'm still using poco f1 from 2018, change battery twice, still going strong

  • Sin
  • 22 Oct 2022
  • pJw

This list is kinda silly by phone gsmarena The kinda people who want more battery life they want really good battery life like a basic phone has but on a smartphone ideally They normally heavy users who use there smartphone none stop all da...