Over the years we have seen substantial leaps in mobile device technology, from ridiculously high DPI displays to quad-core GPUs, the mobile arena has been absolutely teeming with bleeding edge hardware. One section we have failed to see nearly as much improvement is in the battery life and technology of smartphones.
The original Galaxy S had a 1500 mAh lithium ion battery, which got bumped up to 1650 mAh in the Galaxy S II, and now it successor the Galaxy S III has taken the monumental leap to 2100 mAh (in comparison, the competing HTC One X only has an 1800 mAh battery). Still, the Galaxy S III has to run pump 1280×720 pixels through its quad-core processor, something that one would assume would hog a lot of battery life.
Let’s take a look at how the Galaxy S III stacks up against the competition in three different battery life tests.
Hmm, not so promising so far albeit better than the Galaxy S II. Web browsing seems to be one area where there is room for significant improvement in optimization for the Galaxy S III. 5 hours and 17 minutes is certainly respectable but we would like to see the Galaxy S III be competitive with the iPhone 4S at the least. We can however account for this middle of the road performance due to the nature of the GS3’s AMOLED display which when displaying web pages, which are predominantly white, use a disproportionally large amount of battery power.
Will the Galaxy S III manage to pull ahead in the upcoming tests? Let’s find out:
Now we are really starting to see the Galaxy S III’s battery life shine through. Takes a whopping 10 hours to drain the battery from full to 10%… handily beats everything out there save for the monstrous Motorola RAZR MAXX. And last but not least, let’s check out the GS3’s talk time.
Another solid 10 hour showing by Samsung’s flagship. Overall, I’m very impressed, seeing as how the Galaxy S III is able to best its predecessor by a total of almost 5 hours across all three tests. Overall I think such results were to be expected however to have actually met such high standards? Let’s give Samsung a round of applause for some impressive improvements in battery life, and let’s not forget that the Galaxy S III isn’t some kind of performance slouch: Galaxy S III benchmarks. None of this battery life comes at teh expense of performance–truly an impressive feat of engineering.