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Galaxy Note 5 battery stats calm consumer concerns

Samsung announced its Galaxy Note 5 last week at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The company announced a 3,000mAh battery in the Note 5, with many a current Note user turning upset about the smaller battery (by smaller, we mean that the Note 5’s 3,000mAh battery is smaller in number than the Note 4’s 3,220mAh battery and the Note 3’s 3,200mAh battery). This, coupled with consumer anger over the removal of the removable battery and microSD card slot, only exacerbated the situation with current Samsung users and heightened tensions between Samsung and its consumer base.

Well, a new study published by tech site PhoneArena shows the prowess of the Galaxy Note 5 battery that should put any consumer concerns to rest. When the tech site tested the Note 5’s battery, putting it through its own simulation tests, the Note 5 lasted for a total of 9 hours, 11 minutes. This result is 28 minutes longer than that of the Galaxy Note 4 (8 hrs., 43 minutes), 78 minutes longer than the Google-Motorola’s Nexus 6 (7 hrs., 53 minutes), 159 minutes, or 2 hrs., 39 minutes longer than the iPhone 6 Plus (6 hrs., 32 minutes), and 3 hrs., 5 minutes longer than LG’s G4 (6 hrs., 6 minutes). Keep in mind that the LG G4 has approximately the same battery size as that of the Note 5 (3,000mAh); the Nexus 6 has a slightly bigger battery (3,000mAh vs. the Nexus 6’s 3,220mAh battery); and the iPhone 6 Plus battery is slightly smaller than the Note 5’s (2,915mAh).

Galaxy Note 5 battery life benchmark

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 only took a backseat to the Sony Xperia Z3 and the Motorola Droid Turbo in their endurance tests. Just to be clear, the Z3 has a 3,200mAh battery and the Droid Turbo has a 3900mAh battery. We’d expect the Droid Turbo to outperform, simply because it’s the largest battery tested by the site. We wouldn’t expect a 3,000mAh battery to perform as well, but Samsung has done it with the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ (which ties with the Z3 with an endurance time of 9 hrs., 29 minutes).

Galaxy Note 5 charging time benchmark

The site also tested the charging time of the Galaxy Note 5, which posted a charging time of 81 minutes, 14 minutes faster than the Note 4, 17 minutes faster than the Nexus 6 (98 minutes), 25 minutes faster than the HTC One M9 (106 minutes), 46 minutes faster than the LG G4 (126 minutes), 90 minutes faster than the iPhone 6 Plus (171 minutes), and 154 minutes faster than the Sony Xperia Z3 (235 minutes). In other words, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 not only looks like a premium flagship; it also performs in battery life and charging like a flagship should.

At the end of the day, the battery fears were and still are, unfounded: Samsung’s devices perform as expected – at the very top of the bunch. Samsung’s optimizations in battery life and charging have done nothing but frustrate manufacturers such as LG and HTC, who could desperately use some breathing room in the smartphone market right now. And Samsung is finally closing in on Sony’s reign as Battery King with the Galaxy Note 5 and the S6 edge+.

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