Would You Like to Know Which Smartphone Has The Longest Battery Life?

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So what is your ideal smartphone? Do you go for the budget, mid-range, or high-end smartphones? When you choose one, do you ever think about that time your phone died during an important call, a client conference call, or just chatting with friends and family? So, let me ask you this again-do you ever consider the battery life of your smartphone when you buy?

There are so many other things to consider: the quality of the pictures, the download/upload speed, the responsiveness of apps when they load up or run, the response time of websites, the quality of mobile games, etc, but if your battery runs flat, and you have no charger or access to a power outlet nearby,... Let's just not make sure that ever happens, OK?

Let's change our mindset. Let's explore and look at smartphones with the longest battery power.

Some facts you need to know

The ability to which a phone battery provides power to your is measured in milliamps hour (mAh). The higher the mAh of a battery, the more power it provides to your phone. But smartphones with higher mAh don't always mean they have the best battery life. It really depends on how useful the processor is in combination with the apps installed, as well as how frequently you use your phone.

The expensive high-end smartphones may be faster and come with more premium features, but does that mean more battery power?

Sadly, No! The battery power is actually shorter, and with all that package they will drain your phone faster.

So what must I do from what I know now?

Well, you must prioritise what you want - if you want longer battery life, buy a mid-range phone. Even better, it's cheaper. Another thing you need to consider is that high-end phones nowadays charge faster. Mid-range phones have good battery life but take a while to charge.

So get your priorities, do some info digging, then buy knowing you have done the research to avoid disappointment.

Motorola Moto G6 Play

Smartphone specs:

  • GSM/HSPA/CDMA/EVDO/LTE
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • 5.7-inch HD+ Max Vision display
  • Micro-USB
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 32 GB RAM
  • 1.4 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 8.0, Oreo 
  • microSD, up to 256 GB
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • 13 MP camera, with autofocus

Battery

With the Moto G6 Play, you are looking at 8 hours of battery life, with a battery capacity of 4000 mAh. The price ranges between $150 - $200 (R2170 - R2900). It's a good phone with good battery life, good price and it even comes with a fingerprint scanner. Not too bad for a budget phone. To get more info and price options, click here to go to Amazon.

BlackBerry KeyOne

Smartphone specs:

  • GSM/LTE/HSPA
  • Smart keyboard with touch navigation,
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dual or Nano Sim
  • Aluminium casing and textured soft touch grip with impact-resistant frame
  • 4.5-inch touchscreen display (1080x1620)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • 3505 mAh battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU
  • Adreno 506 GPU 
  • Android Nougat OS
  • 12MP rear Camera

Battery

The BlackBerry KeyOne has a battery life of 8 hours and has a battery capacity of 3505 mAh. With the fast-charging feature, you are looking at a 50% battery charge in 36 minutes. You are looking at a price range between $250 - $300 (R3600 - R4400). The physical keyboard makes it look so outdated as now most phone touchscreen keypads but if you old-school like that then this is for you. It also has good security features. Click on here to find price options and more info.

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BlackBerry Motion

Smartphone specs:

  • GSM/HSPA/LTE
  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080), IPS LCD touchscreen
  • 32GB Storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • microSD Card slot: up to 2TB
  • 12MP front camera with flash / 8MP auto-focus large pixel rear camera
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz CPU
  • 64-bit Adreno 506, 650MHz GPU

Battery

The BlackBerry Motion has a battery life of 9 hours with a battery capacity of 4000mAh. You are looking at a price range between $280 - $600 (R4100 - R8700). This smartphone can be classified as a mid-range smartphone, because of the price range. It also has a good range of Android apps to enhance security features. Check out for more info and pricing options on Amazon.

Oppo RX17 Pro

Smartphone specs:

  • GSM/LTE/HSPA/CDMA
  • 6.4-inch, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, (1080 x 2340)
  • 128GB Storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • Up to 256GB microSD Card slot
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm), Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260) CPU
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • Primary Dual Camera 16 MP, f/1.7, 1/2.8", 1.12µm, PDAF, 2MP, f/2.4, depth sensor, LED flash, HDR, panorama, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, Front Camera : 25MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8", 0.9µm, HDR

Battery info

The Oppo RX17 Pro has an outstanding battery life that comes up to 9 hours at 3500 mAh. With fast charging, you are looking at 40% battery charge in 10 minutes. Now that's fast-charging. With the price, you are looking from $800 upwards (R 12000+).  Check out more info and price options on Amazon.

Motorola Moto G6

Smartphone specs:

  • LTE/CDMA/HSPA/GSM/EVDO
  • 5.7-inch Full HD+, 1080p 18:9 Max Vision
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 8.0, Oreo - 3D glass back
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Water repellent nano-coating.
  • 64GB + 4GB RAM
  • microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor with a 1.8 GHz octa-core CPU
  • 12 MP & 5 MP dual rear cameras
  • 8 MP front camera

Battery

The Moto G6 smartphone delivers 9 hours of battery life at battery capacity of 3000mAh. This phone here is in the mid-range category because of the average specs and performance, but you get many hours of long battery life. With the price range between $170 - $190 (R2460 - R2750), this is an affordable, sleek phone. Check out Amazon for more info and price.

Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra

Smartphone specs:

  • GSM/LTE/HSPA
  • 6.0-inch IPS LCD touchscreen, 16M colors (1080x1920) display
  • 64, 4 GB of RAM
  • 23 MP + 16 MP Dual camera
  • Android 8.0 OS
  • Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630 CPU
  • Adreno 508 GPU
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3580 mAh battery
  • Fast charging battery 18W

Battery

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra has a battery life of 10 hours with battery capacity of 3580 mAh. In terms of the price, you are looking at a price range between $300 - $320 (R4400 - R4600). This is impressive-this means that you can play games, browse the internet, make and receive calls, and still have power at the end of all that. This is because of the efficient CPU, Android operating system, and the low screen resolution. If you don't mind the size of the phone, it has a great battery choice. Check the latest price on Amazon.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1

Smartphone specs:

  • HSDPA/LTE
  • 6-inch Full HD+ (2160 by 1080) 18:9 Full View IPS display - 404ppi pixel density
  • 32GB ROM + 3GB RAM
  • MicroSD card Support up to 2TB
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform with 14nm, 64-bit Octa-core Processor
  • Dual SIM
  • Dual Rear Camera: 13 MP, f/2.2 +5 MP, f/2.4
  • Video: 4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video recording for main rear camera

Battery

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro has a battery life of 10 hours and battery capacity of 5000mAh. The phone is huge and has an insane battery life. the only drawback is that it charges slowly. The large 6-inch screen is great for the price and the dual cameras make this a great choice if you want a simple, affordable budget phone that lasts for a few days. For this one, you are looking at a price range between $300 - $320 (R 4340 - R 4630). To find out more, check it on Amazon.

Motorola Moto E5 Plus

Smartphone specs:

  • GSM/HSDPA/LTE
  • 5.7 inches Max View 18:9, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Rear Camera:13 MP (f/2.0, 1.12µm), phase detection autofocus, LED flash,
  • Front Camera:5 MP (f/2.2), LED flash.
  • Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
  • Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Battery

The battery runtime life of this smartphone is 11 hours with a battery capacity of 5000mAh. This phone is not that great with performance and technical hardware specs but with a big battery life of up to 11 hours of phone use and available at a budget price, it is one of the most affordable smartphones to have. Speaking of price, the price range you are looking at with this phone is between $120 to $140 (R 1800 to R 2100). Check it out on Amazon to find out more and to see purchasing options.

 

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Smartphone specs:

  • GSM/LTE/
  • AMOLED 6.39-inch (1440 x 3120)
  • HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm), Octa-core 
  • 128GB + 6GB RAM
  • takes up the SIM 2 slot

Battery

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has 12 hours battery life with a battery capacity of 4200 mAh. Huawei has done a good job on the battery life. Not only that. It also has an amazing display, three excellent rear cameras, and reverse wireless charging. Price range is between $750 and $830 (R 10 800 - R 12000). Check it out on Amazon for more details.

Motorola Moto G7

Smartphone specs:

  • HSDPA/LTE/HPUE
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual)
  • 6.2" HD+ Max Vision display, 19:9 (1570x720)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Moto Face unlock
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Water repellent design with P2i nano coating
  • 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM
  • MicroSD Card support (up to 512 GB)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor with 1.8GHz octa-core CPU
  • 5000 mAh, Non-removable
  • Rear Camera, 12MP, LED flash
  • Front Camera, 8MP, Screen flash
  • Video:1080P(30fps), 720P(30fps), 480P(30fps), 4K video, Slow motion video, Timelapse video, Hyperlapse video.

Battery

The battery life of the Moto G7 is 14 hours and battery capacity of 5000 mAh. This is massive for a budget phone. From the specs, it's water resistant making it durable, but sadly it is underpowered and won't run high-end games nor will it handle multitasking very well. If the battery life is what you are looking for then this smartphone is for you. You are looking at a price range between $270 - $300 (R 4000 - R 4400). Check it out on Amazon to more info and pricing options.  

The Result

Let's make a summary. Now then, the top 3 smartphones with the longest running battery life are 3rd place, Motorola Moto E5 Plus with 11 hours; 2nd place, Huawei Mate 20 Pro with 12 hours; and then 1st place, Motorola G7 with 14 hours.

Smartphones sharing 4th place with 10 hours of battery life are Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro. Next, smartphones sharing 5th place with 9 hours of battery life are BlackBerry Motion, Oppo RX17 Pro, and the Motorola Moto G6. Then lastly, smartphones sharing 6th Place with 8 hours of battery life are Motorola Moto G6 Play and BlackBerry KeyOne.

The winner, the Motorola Moto G7 smartphone at a whopping 14 hours!!

These phones are mostly mid-range, with the 2nd place winner, Huawei Mate 20 Pro being one of the most expensive on the list, putting it into the high-end smartphone category. Yet if we think about it, it may end up the high-end smartphone with the longest battery life for now. So what do you think? Are you going to consider the battery life of a smartphone for your next purchase? What are your thoughts on these phones reviewed? Leave me a comment below.

8 Comments

  1. Chris
    March 18, 2019

    I’m left wondering why these batteries seem to diminish so frequently?

    The more expensive and higher range the phone I have, the quicker the battery seems to degrade and it’s capacity goes down sharpish. I know overcharging a phone can lead to this wear of battery life, but is there anything else I should be looking out for to extend it’s life?

    Reply
    1. LGMadyibi
      March 18, 2019

      It is a sad reality. I mean we are told to not charge your phone battery to 100% as it diminishes your phone’s battery life. So getting a phone with long battery life is a good idea so you won’t have to charge them that often. Thank you for your comments. 

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  2. Denis
    March 18, 2019

    Battery life was one of my main concern when choosing a smartphone.  It’s very frustrating when I’m out of a charger’s range and seeing my battery at 5%.  You have made a real effort here in making a list of very affordable, yet battery performing smartphones.  

    I am about to be in the market for a new smartphone myself and if I had to choose from your list, I totally agree with your winner.  Motorola has been around since the cell phone was invented and they are very reliable.  I remember back in the ’90s that my first cell phone was a Motorola.  I have since bought other brands, but I think it’s time I come back to the source.

    I have bookmarked your site so that I can come back when it’s time to make my purchase in a couple of weeks!

    Thanks

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    1. LGMadyibi
      March 18, 2019

      I agree with your statement. The Motorola has been around for decades and has experience in making smartphones. Although they are not so many people good in hardware specs, it is a good idea to have another phone that can give more juice if your primary phone mid-range or high-end phone loses power. Thank you for your comments. I am sure you will make the right choice when looking for a smartphone. Take it Easy!     

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  3. Fortune
    March 18, 2019

    Thanks for sharing this on smartphone battery life. Yes battery life is really important in considering when buying a smartphone It’s interesting to know that some smartphones that I thought they have good battery life(10 hours) are not even in the list and that shows that I only know what I know. Thanks for this informative article. I am not a user of Motorola smartphone but am impressed with having 16hours life and some wonderful specifications.  I may consider buying Motorola because I really like phone with a long battery life. Thanks for sharing this article. 

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  4. jaykaynigltd
    March 18, 2019

    “Would You Like to Know Which Smartphone Has The Longest Battery Life?” This is an informative and educative article. Every smartphone owners will relate you very well with respect to the menace of batteries! Smartphones are now very popular with thousands of brands to choose from. Like you said your need should determine what you are to buy. I use my phone online 20hours a day! I cannot buy a smartphone with less than 5000mAh regardless of the other features. My wife love taking pictures with her phones so she wouldn’t touch a phone with less than 16Mp camera.
    Why is Samsung not included in the list?

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    1. LGMadyibi
      March 18, 2019

      Thank you for your comments. 

      Upon my research, I had come across the smartphones presented in the post and had discovered that only mid-range priced smartphones had longer battery life. I was too surprised that Samsung was not among them but I will continue as there are so many phones out there, even Apple smartphones could be among the longest battery life phones. If I find out info I will open up a new post and include info on more smartphones. 

      So look out for more posts soon on smartphones with the longest battery life.    

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  5. Tolu
    March 18, 2019

    Longer battery life is the latest marketing tactics smartphone manufacturers are using as a competitive edge. Based on past experience, without reading your post, I would say a capital NO to Motorola smartphone. However, it seems they have improved a lot based on the two Motorola phones you included in your review. I use a Sony Xperia smartphone and I can say the battery is ok, but I want something better. When next I’m changing my phone I would likely go for the Asus Fenzone  Max Pro M1. The price is okay and I like the features. I’m okay with the 10 hours battery life

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