Sony Xperia X battery life

Peter, 18 May, 2016

The Xperia Z brand was a mark of Methuselah-like battery life, but now fans are a little antsy - the Z-series is no more, the X-series replaces it. Has the battery gene carried over?

The Xperia X has definitely lost some capacity - the Z3 had 3,100mAh, the Z5 had 2,900mAh, the Xperia X has 2,620mAh. Even the Xperia Z5 had 2,700mAh, so it falls to a new chipset and newer components (the screen largely) to cut back on their power use and make up the difference.

Before we use up the battery, we have to charge it first. The Sony Xperia X supports fast charging, but you'll have to bring your own. The one that comes in the box puts out only 1.5A, so a full charge will take quite a while. Also, Sony is yet to jump on the wireless charging train.

Okay, slow to get in, but are electrons slow to leave the battery?

Our Endurance rating for the Xperia X is 67 hours, a small decline compared to the 73 hour rating of the Xperia Z5. The smaller Z5 Compact did even better, but the X-series is yet to declare its Compact challenger.

The raw endurance rating doesn't tell the whole story, though. The Xperia X improves on the talk time of the Z5 by a couple of hours. The 19 hour score puts it above the likes of the LG G5 and fan-favorite Z3 Compact (but not the newer Z5C).

Talk time

  • Gionee Marathon M5
    38:07h
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    32:54h
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    32:53h
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    31:40h
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    30:46h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    30:29h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    29:46h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
    29:46h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
    29:46h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    29:46h
  • Huawei Honor 5X
    29:40h
  • vivo V3Max
    28:47h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    28:34h
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
    28:25h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
    28:23h
  • Huawei G8
    27:44h
  • Huawei Mate 8
    26:45h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active
    26:29h
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    26:28h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    26:01h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
    25:12h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    25:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
    25:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    24:29h
  • Oppo R7s
    24:03h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4s
    23:25h
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    23:22h
  • LG AKA
    23:20h
  • 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 Galaxy S7
    22:57h
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
    22:36h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)
    22:32h
  • Motorola Moto X Style
    22:23h
  • ZTE nubia Z9
    22:20h
  • Lenovo ZUK Z1
    22:13h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    22:02h
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    21:07h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    21:02h
  • Meizu m2 note
    20:55h
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    20:50h
  • HTC 10
    20:42h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    20:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    20:27h
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
    20:22h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    19:48h
  • ZTE nubia Z9 mini
    19:08h
  • Sony Xperia X
    19:05h
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    18:51h
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    18:37h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    18:31h
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    18:30h
  • Huawei P8lite ALE-L04
    18:25h
  • Huawei P8lite
    17:38h
  • LG G5
    17:37h
  • LG G5 SE
    17:37h
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    17:13h
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    17:13h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    17:09h
  • LG Nexus 5X
    16:57h
  • vivo X5Pro
    16:57h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
    16:50h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
    16:50h
  • LG V10
    16:40h
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    16:17h
  • Meizu m1 metal
    16:02h
  • OnePlus X
    15:57h
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    15:51h
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
    15:50h
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
    15:50h
  • Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
    15:47h
  • Acer Liquid X2
    15:38h
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    15:23h
  • ZTE Blade S6
    15:01h
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    14:53h
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual
    14:53h
  • Huawei P9
    14:53h
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    14:51h
  • BlackBerry Priv
    14:40h
  • Huawei Honor 7
    14:33h
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    14:31h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
    14:24h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
    14:24h
  • Acer Liquid Jade Primo
    13:53h
  • Huawei Mate S
    13:53h
  • Huawei P8
    13:50h
  • Meizu MX5
    13:15h
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    13:11h
  • Oppo F1
    12:53h
  • Oppo R1x
    12:33h
  • HTC One E9+
    12:07h
  • BlackBerry Leap
    12:05h
  • Apple iPhone SE
    11:56h
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    11:40h
  • HTC One A9
    11:12h
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    11:07h
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    9:41h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    8:25h

The web browsing time appears to take a hit - 9 and a half a hours, a 5 hour deficit compared to the the Z5. A big part of this is a recent change in testing procedure - we now test phones with their screens set at 200 nits, but when we reviewed the Xperia Z5 we put the brightness slider at 50%. For the Z5 that means a lowly 90 nits, giving it perhaps an unfair advantage.

So, compare it instead against the Galaxy S7 (9:35h), Huawei P9 (9:15h), HTC 10 (9:08h) and LG G5 (7:35h). These have all been tested under the new procedure and it seems that in this respect the Xperia X does quite well.

Web browsing

  • Gionee Marathon M5
    30:51h
  • Huawei Mate 8
    17:05h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active
    16:25h
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    15:11h
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
    15:05h
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    14:35h
  • Huawei P8
    13:32h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    13:32h
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    13:26h
  • Apple iPhone SE
    12:55h
  • Meizu PRO 5
    12:51h
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    12:50h
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
    12:42h
  • Acer Liquid X2
    12:39h
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    12:27h
  • ZTE nubia Z9
    12:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
    12:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    12:18h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    11:55h
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    11:52h
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    11:51h
  • Meizu m1 metal
    11:33h
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    11:32h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
    11:20h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    10:56h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
    10:52h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
    10:52h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
    10:50h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
    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
  • vivo V3Max
    10:31h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    10:25h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
    10:23h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
    10:23h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
    10:23h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    10:14h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    10:14h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
    10:14h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
    10:14h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    10:12h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)
    10:09h
  • Huawei Honor 5X
    10:00h
  • Huawei G8
    10:00h
  • Meizu m2 note
    9:54h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    9:52h
  • Huawei Mate S
    9:43h
  • Sony Xperia X
    9:34h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    9:32h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4s
    9:30h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
    9:30h
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    9:29h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    9:29h
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
    9:22h
  • Microsoft Lumia 435
    9:22h
  • Huawei P9
    9:15h
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    9:10h
  • Oppo R1x
    9:10h
  • HTC 10
    9:08h
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    9:04h
  • Meizu MX5
    9:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    8:58h
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    8:46h
  • Huawei P8lite ALE-L04
    8:42h
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    8:35h
  • LG Nexus 5X
    8:32h
  • Huawei P8lite
    8:27h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    8:27h
  • LG V10
    8:20h
  • BlackBerry Priv
    8:20h
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    8:17h
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    8:11h
  • Oppo R7s
    8:07h
  • HTC One E9+
    8:05h
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    7:57h
  • Oppo F1
    7:55h
  • Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
    7:52h
  • ZTE nubia Z9 mini
    7:44h
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
    7:43h
  • BlackBerry Leap
    7:37h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    7:36h
  • LG G5
    7:35h
  • LG G5 SE
    7:35h
  • Acer Liquid Jade Primo
    7:30h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    7:29h
  • Oppo R7
    7:22h
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    7:20h
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    7:15h
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual
    7:15h
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    7:05h
  • ZTE Blade S6
    7:01h
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    6:55h
  • Motorola Moto X Style
    6:49h
  • OnePlus X
    6:32h
  • Yota YotaPhone 2
    6:23h
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    6:19h
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    5:56h
  • HTC One A9
    5:22h

Finally, the web browser scores about the same as the video player. Against these same flagships, the Xperia X beats the P9 (8:46h) and HTC 10 (8:42h) but loses to the S7 (14:50h) and the G5 (10:21h).

Video playback

  • Gionee Marathon M5
    26:24h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    20:08h
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    18:36h
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    18:04h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active
    18:03h
  • Meizu PRO 5
    18:02h
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    17:50h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)
    16:54h
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    16:22h
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    15:07h
  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
    14:58h
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    14:50h
  • Apple iPhone SE
    14:17h
  • Lenovo ZUK Z1
    14:14h
  • Oppo R7s
    14:05h
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    13:57h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    13:53h
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
    13:52h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    13:51h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    13:08h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
    13:04h
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
    13:04h
  • Acer Liquid Jade Primo
    12:53h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    12:45h
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
    12:45h
  • Acer Liquid X2
    12:42h
  • Huawei Mate 8
    12:34h
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    12:21h
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    12:13h
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    12:12h
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    12:06h
  • LG AKA
    11:54h
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
    11:32h
  • Huawei Mate S
    11:26h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    10:47h
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    10:46h
  • vivo X5Pro
    10:41h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
    10:38h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
    10:38h
  • LG G Flex2
    10:35h
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    10:35h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4s
    10:35h
  • LG G5 SE
    10:21h
  • LG G5
    10:21h
  • Huawei G8
    10:20h
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    10:11h
  • Huawei P8lite ALE-L04
    10:00h
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    9:59h
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
    9:58h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    9:57h
  • Sony Xperia X
    9:56h
  • vivo V3Max
    9:48h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
    9:43h
  • Huawei Honor 7
    9:43h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
    9:43h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
    9:43h
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    9:40h
  • Oppo R7
    9:33h
  • Huawei P8
    9:25h
  • Huawei Honor 5X
    9:16h
  • Oppo F1
    9:14h
  • Motorola Moto X Style
    9:14h
  • Meizu MX5
    9:13h
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    9:13h
  • Huawei P8lite
    9:00h
  • BlackBerry Leap
    8:59h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
    8:51h
  • Microsoft Lumia 532
    8:51h
  • Huawei P9
    8:46h
  • HTC 10
    8:42h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
    8:40h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
    8:40h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    8:40h
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    8:40h
  • Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
    8:34h
  • HTC One A9
    8:33h
  • Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
    8:27h
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    8:24h
  • Meizu m1 metal
    8:11h
  • ZTE Blade S6
    8:00h
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual
    7:58h
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    7:58h
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    7:53h
  • Yota YotaPhone 2
    7:41h
  • LG V10
    7:30h
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    7:24h
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    7:14h
  • ZTE nubia Z9
    7:11h
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    7:09h
  • ZTE nubia Z9 mini
    7:02h
  • HTC One E9+
    7:00h
  • OnePlus X
    6:55h
  • Lenovo K3 Note
    6:55h
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    6:37h
  • BlackBerry Priv
    6:33h
  • Meizu m2 note
    6:27h
  • LG Nexus 5X
    6:25h
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    6:00h
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    5:40h
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    5:39h
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    5:05h

With battery life comparable to some of the best Android flagships that launched in the last few months, I think it's safe to say Sony did a great job with the Xperia X. It even improved on the respectable Z5 battery life.


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Reader comments

  • Anonymous

Huiwii can't spell it (Chinese) beats the lot

  • Cody

i thimk the best way to keep battery life is to turn on stemena mode whitch only realy makes the scroling on the home screen and web pages a litleslower but i don't notice is so much, i have it on all the time so my eyes get a little used to the scro...

  • Cody

i have the Sony Xperia X, and i think it is allright, i can get close to 3 days with ease. i think Sony has done very good with its batterys and design too, i can't not take my case off, it's so pretty. but mu mum said my phone will break, but i have...