Upon the release of news that Samsung will be equipping the Galaxy Note 5 with a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery, compared to the 3,220 mAh removable battery of the Galaxy Note 4, users were concerned that the new smartphone will not last as long as its predecessor.
Mobile phone news and reviews website GSM Arena tested the battery life of the Galaxy Note 5 to see how its battery will perform in a variety of situations.
The first test that was conducted on the Galaxy Note 5 is for the smartphone's battery life for talk time, with the smartphone recording a total of 28 hours and 34 minutes. This is just about the same time recorded for the Galaxy Note 4, with 28 hours and 31 minutes, and is one that is worthy for a device with flagship status. The top scorer is the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro, which lasted for 33 hours and 20 minutes.
For the web browsing test, the Galaxy Note 5 lasted for 10 hours and 43 minutes, once again matching the time recorded for the Galaxy Note 4 before the update to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Considering the smaller battery of the newer device, these results are very significant. The top scorer in this category is the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G, which lasted for 16 hours and 41 minutes.
However, in the video playback testing, the Galaxy Note 5 did not perform as well as the Galaxy Note 4. The Galaxy Note 5 lasted for only 13 hours and 51 minutes, compared to the 17 hours and 52 minutes of time that its predecessor was able to last while playing a video. The top scorer is the LG G Flex, which posted a time of 19 hours and 57 minutes.
After the tests, GSM Arena gave the Galaxy Note 5 an endurance rating of 85 hours, which was made possible through the excellent standby performance of the Exynos 7420 chipset found in the device. The rating means that the Galaxy Note 5 will be able to last for over three days on just one charge if the user would use the device for one hour each of telephone functions, Internet browsing and playing videos per day.
The 85 hours endurance rating of the Galaxy Note 5, however, is lower by 5 hours compared to the rating posted by the Galaxy Note 4 after the installation of Android 5.0 Lollipop. While the few hours of difference would still be sufficient for most users, the fast charging options available for the Galaxy Note 5 will offset the lower endurance rating.
Another test that was run by Phone Arena, however, saw that the battery of the Galaxy Note 5 performed better compared to that of the Galaxy Note 4, despite being smaller in size. The website used its own benchmark test on the device and saw that the Galaxy Note 5 lasts for 9 hours and 11 minutes, while the Galaxy Note 4 only lasts for 8 hours and 43 minutes.
Compared to other smrtphones, the performance of the Galaxy Note 5 is worse than that of the Galaxy S6 Active and the Motorola Droid Turbo, but is better compared to the HTC One M9, LG G4 and iPhone 6 Plus.