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One of Android fans’ biggest fears about the Galaxy Note 5 may be unfounded

Published Aug 17th, 2015 8:45PM EDT
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Battery Benchmark
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

Last week, we noted that many Android fans were already complaining about the just-announced Galaxy Note 5. One of their biggest complaints was that the Note 5 had a 3,000mAh battery, which was actually smaller than the 3,220mAh battery that came with the Galaxy Note 4. While we found this criticism reasonable at the time, it’s also the case that specs sheets don’t tell us everything and it turns out the Note 5 might actually deliver stronger battery performance than its predecessors.

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PhoneArena has run a benchmark test of the Note 5 and has found that its battery life actually performs better than the Galaxy Note 4’s did despite being less powerful. In fact, among comparable devices only the Motorola Droid Turbo and the Sony Xperia Z3 got better marks for battery power in PhoneArena’s benchmark. In terms of charging time, the Note 5 was second to only the Asus ZenFone 2 with an average total charge time of 81 minutes.

Even if the Note 5 packs a smaller battery than its predecessor, Samsung has likely worked for the past year to make its devices run more efficiently and thus deliver stronger battery life via reduced power consumption instead of bigger batteries.

You can check out PhoneArena’s full benchmarks for the Note 5 yourself by clicking here.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.