S5 Battery

Samsung Galaxy S5 Betters Other Flagships on Battery Life

April 14, 2014 - Written By Cory McNutt

As more and more individual test start to pop-up, the new Samsung Galaxy S5 – the ‘ugly duckling’ of the newest flagship devices – gets yet another accolade…in our source’s battery testings, they claim that it has the battery life that equates to “the endurance of a tablet.” Not bad praise coming from a respected tester of smartphones, PhoneArena. And this comes only a week after DisplayMate (the most trusted name in display testing) called the Galaxy S5’s display “the best…display that they have ever tested,” and this included even LCD displays. Could it be that Samsung has actually built a solid device, despite the jabs being given to it about the “Band-Aid” looking back on the device?

When Samsung unveiled its new Galaxy S5, they promised 10 hours of internet browsing, 12 hours of HD movie time, or 21 hours of 3G talk time per charge, and from their tests they say, “we can attest that the Galaxy S5 meets and exceeds those promises.”  PhoneArena claims that most manufacturers and third-party services run their tests at only 150 nits of brightness, while their normal practice is to run their tests at 200 nits, adding even more strain on the battery.  In addition, many of their tests are done using a lot of white backgrounds – the killer of battery death for an AMOLED screen like the Galaxy S5’s – and yet it was still able to break the flagship record, which includes the new HTC One M8 and even the top-rated LG G2.

What made them even more curious is how Samsung’s ‘little’ 2800 mAh battery was able to beat out tablets with much larger batteries – then they remembered that Samsung had worked out a deal to use the new PowerXtend battery-saving algorithms in a new device…which turns out to be the new Galaxy S5.  The PowerXtend suite is made up of three distinct properties – WebxTend, which promises a 25-percent increase – NavXtend, which also promises a 25-percent increase – and finally, GameXtend, which allows up to 50-percent better battery life.  All three of these proprietary algorithms works to better the device’s “hardware management and load-balancing” that is supposed to increase the battery life on Android devices.

This is quite exciting to see these new techniques for extending battery life work, and we can only hope that other manufacturers will adopt this same method – the longer our smartphone battery lasts, the happier we are. Take a look at the chart below and please let us know on our Google + Page what you think of this latest battery saving technique and also, what kind of battery life are you experiencing with your own Galaxy S5.

S5 Battery Life