The new-generation Samsung Galaxy Note 5 comes with a smaller battery than its predecessor, but it actually performs better according to new benchmark tests.
Samsung took the wraps off its highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 5 last week, unveiling its latest flagship phablet. The new Galaxy Note 5 comes with high-end specs and features all around and is a notable upgrade over the previous-generation Galaxy Note 4, yet in some aspects such as the battery it raised some concerns that it would not perform as good as its predecessor.
The new Galaxy Note 5 comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, whereas the Galaxy Note 4 packed a larger 3,220 mAh unit. Seeing a smaller battery unit, many started to wonder whether the new-generation flagship phablet will perform at least as good as its predecessor, or whether the smaller battery would also imply a worse performance.
The folks over at Phone Arena took it upon themselves to clarify such concerns and ran a benchmark test to see how the Galaxy Note 5 battery performance stacks up against that of its predecessor.
Despite the smaller battery unit, tests show that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 actually performs better than the Galaxy Note 4.
"We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness," Phone Arena explains.
The new flagship phablet apparently lasts for 9 hours and 11 minutes, while the Galaxy Note 4 lasts for 8 hours and 43 minutes. This means the Galaxy Note 5 lasts for nearly half an hour longer than its predecessor. It may not be a whopping improvement, but it's still good to see that Samsung achieved more with a smaller battery unit.
Compared to other devices, the Galaxy Note 5's battery performance is worse than that of the Galaxy S6 Active, which has a 3,500 mAh battery, or the Motorola Droid Turbo powerhouse, which comes with a large 3,900 mAh unit, but better than that of other top-notch flagships such as the LG G4, the HTC One M9, or the iPhone 6 Plus.
Phone Arena further points out that the 3,000 mAh battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 takes just 81 minutes to charge back to 100 percent, which is impressively fast. The Galaxy Note 4 took 95 minutes to fully charge.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 may come with a smaller battery unit than its predecessor, but it actually performs better, lasts for longer on a single charge and takes less to juice back up.