Sony's Xperia Z battery-life has been examined in new tests. The benchmarks look at all aspects of the Xperia Z's battery performance. But how does it compare to its rivals ?
The Sony Xperia Z is our favourite smartphone in the world right now, but one of our criticisms of the device in our Xperia Z review was it's battery-life. To be fair most modern smartphones need to be charged pretty frequently and Sony's mobile is a real powerhouse.
The Xperia Z has a 2330 mAh which sounds impressive on paper, but the smartphone has a huge 5 inch full HD display and a battery guzzling quad-core processor. Sony's official figures claim that the Xperia Z delivers 11 hours talk-time and 550 hours standby.
Sony Xperia Z - Battery Examined
Our friends over at GSMArena have put the Xperia Z through it's stringent battery tests to see how it stacks up against the competition. The Sony Xperia Z's battery test looked at talk-time, video-playback , web-browsing and standby.
When it came to talk-time the Sony Xperia lasted 16 hours 3 minutes (3G Talktime) , which is better than what Sony reported. It also compares pretty well to its rivals including Apple's iPhone 5 (8 hrs 42 mins) and the Galaxy S3 (10 hrs 15 mins).
However, the Xperia Z's stunning 5 inch HD touch-screen meant that it only lasted 5 hrs 30 minutes when playing back video. This doesn't stack up very well against it's rivals with the iPhone 5 delivering 10 hrs 12 mins, Galaxy S3 (9 hrs 27 mins) and the Galaxy Note 2 11 hrs 27 mins.
When browsing the web on the Xperia Z you can expect the smartphone to last 6 hours and 37 minutes. This is slightly better than Samsung Galaxy S3's (6 hrs 27min), but worse than Apple's iPhone 5 (9 hrs 56 mins) and the Galaxy Note 2 (8 hrs 48 mins).
Sony's Xperia Z will last 48 hours in standby mode which is pretty impressive and that's without Sony's stamina-mode turned on. So you can expect it to last quite a bit longer when battery-saving mode is enabled. (iPhone 5 51h, Galaxy S3 50h , Galaxy Note 2 69h).
Sony Xperia Z - Battery Test Conclusion
Sony's Xperia Z battery isn't the best especially when it comes to video playback. It performs significantly worse than the iPhone 5 , Galaxy S3 and Note 3 overall. However, it's a next-gen smartphone , so it's a bit unfair to compare it to older devices.
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By Simon Thomas on 13th March, 2013