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Samsung Galaxy SIII Battery Put to the Test, Surprisingly Good Numbers For Such a Large Display

The folks at GSMArena apparently got a hold of a Samsung Galaxy SIII (our hands-on) for a long enough period of time that they could perform some thorough battery tests. They tested talk time, web browsing life, and how long it could last while playing video continuously. With a 2100mAh battery, this is one of the bigger stock batteries we have seen in some time, so how did it fare?

According to their numbers, it lasted for 10:20 during the talk time test, coming in 4th behind the RAZR MAXX, Galaxy Note , and the Samsung Wave 3. It beat out the iPhone 4S, HTC One series and every other phone in the world aside from those other 3 mentioned. In the web browsing test, the Galaxy SIII lasted for 5:17, which is pretty middle of the road. However, in the video playback test, it came in at 10:01, which is 2nd only to the RAZR MAXX, a device that has a much larger battery.

Not bad, right? Let’s not forget that this isn’t LTE, which is battery killer #1. When we see U.S. variants with LTE radios inside, these may look a whole lot different. I think we were praying for some sort of a battery miracle where the phone would last for 3 days on a charge, but unfortunately for this world, that won’t be happening any time soon. Companies continue to produce better and better displays and supreme smartphone cameras, yet no one can figure out a new battery breakthrough.

Via:  GSMArena

  • Destroythanet

    Is this the same exact battery as the extended 2100mah one for the Galaxy Nexus? I wonder if they will be interchangeable?

  • yet no one can figure out a new battery breakthrough

    Only they did. 2015 or so will see nanotube-based Li-ion polymer rechargeable batteries which will provide 10 times the capacity of what the market has to offer right now. They’re primarily targeting electricity-powered cars at the moment, though.

  • S3 sure looks a lot like an HTC.

  • J Dub

    Duh! Better batteries means less battery sales. Why would you want that as a battery manufacturer?

    • PC_Tool

      I doubt the percentage of people buying second batteries is incredibly high, and if your assertion were true, how would the recent rush of devices with non-removable batteries be explained?

  • xFenixKnightx

    So does this phone have folders? Why will no one show the folders??? Ahhh!!!

    • 4n1m4L

      Ics = folders

      • xFenixKnightx

        Yes, I know that but no one has bothered to show them!!!

  • Meister_Li

    I think the main problem with making advances in battery technology are that they need very rigorous testing and approval. Let’s not forget they’re filled with toxic and explosive chemicals, after all. Still, this is pretty nice. 😉

  • InvaderDJ

    I’m surprised, but I’d like to see how the (likely) S4 LTE varients will fair before I claim it miraculous.

    I also wish that web browsing time was better since that is what I do most on my phone, but I’ll take that talk and video time.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    The version we get with Verizon will be stunted for sure

    • xFenixKnightx

      That good or bad?

    • PC_Tool

      Why is it that you take every possible opportunity to post what amounts to, “This phone will suck.”??

      We get it.

      You didn’t think Verizon would even carry the device, but now that this seems likely, you sure seem bound and determined to dog it.

      Every. Chance. You. Get.

      You see it differently than that? Step back and look at your post history from someone else’s perspective. You dog the SIII like it’s a compulsion.

      I promise this is the last time I comment on it regardless, but seriously…take a look at that history… You might be surprised, and I am genuinely curious as to the reasoning behind it.

      • LiterofCola

        In his defense, I think I remember him saying that he was going to get the phone. May be wrong though.

        • PC_Tool

          He did say he might. In this topic, even, if I am not mistaken…which makes the constant “crapping all over it” even more bizarre.

          I suppose it could be that he’s trying to practice reverse-psychology on himself. If he makes himself believe the worst, he’ll be pleasantly surprised when it finally gets released and isn’t quite that bad? …bit of a stretch, but I suppose it takes all kinds.

          • LiterofCola

            lol @ reverse psychology on himself

  • Droosh

    The dual core Krait with CDMA and LTE coming to Verizon should hopefully do just as well as this quad core Samsung SoC.

  • Michael Forte

    10:01 of video? Is this with any wireless radios on? I just don’t see how it can get that much screen time unless it was in airplane mode playing a video at the lowest brightness.

    • Diablo81588

      Agreed. Something isn’t right here..

    • Maybe a video of a black screen? 😛

    • kixofmyg0t

      This test doesnt mean anything. They dont test phones at a set amount of nits brightness. They use the percentage of brightness according to the phone itself. Thats a horrible way to compare.

      200nits is close to 90% brightness for a Galaxy Nexus but would be closer to 65% for a One X for example. 50% brightness(like what they use) doesnt mean the same amount of brightness accross the line.

      Also LTE isnt the biggest battery killer, the display still reigns king for that. Running both CDMA AND LTE radios at the same time(like all Verizon phones have to) is where people get the “LTE is power hungry” thought process. If you have a Verizon LTE phone and LTE switched on your CDMA radio is still used for voice/sms/etc. LTE is used only for data until we get VoLTE. Then we would be able to shut down the CDMA radio completely and battery life would improve.

      • LiterofCola

        Interesting, good to know.

      • Scott Bowen

        very interesting…

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  • log

    Does anyone know if they tested the LTE version or HSPA+?

    Don’t think the LTE version would do this good…

    • Droosh

      It says GSM and Samsung’s quad core SoC.

      • log

        Must have missed that, thanks.

    • BlueLetter

      How would GSMarena get a hold of a device that doesn’t even exist yet to test the battery out? It’s definitely the HSPA version.

  • radiohead14

    i wonder how the S4 version will be tho

  • htowngtr

    Nothing will be good until later this year, maybe early 2013 when real integration with LTE in the SOC’s happens.

    • Mapekz

      This. I’m hoping Verizon specifically goes full LTE by the end of 2013. The sooner they get to full LTE, the higher the chance that we will get the same phones as AT&T (since we won’t need CDMA anymore) and have LTE-capable world phones.

      • Reality checking in

        We’ll always need CDMA to fall back on for years. It’s not going to happen for years.

      • FadingRadio

        agree with the reality check comment. also, LTE world phones? read up on LTE interoperability to understand why this is a silly thing to say at this early stage of LTE deployment. long story short: there are way too many spectrum bands using LTE to make a true world phone. it’s not lot GSM where quad band means your device works in the majority of countries.

      • htowngtr

        If anything there are more LTE issues with global phones than CDMA or GSM. There are a lot of spectrum frequencies for each carrier now so one LTE phone might work on att but not VZW. Will be a few years before you see a multi-band LTE phone.

    • Aardvark99

      How is the S4 not a fully integrated LTE SoC? I’m asking, not arguing the point.

      • InvaderDJ

        I’d like to know this as well, I thought that was one of the advantages of the S4, that it had the LTE radio integrated in.

        • 4n1m4L

          There is no LTE in this model

      • htowngtr

        I guess I should have been clearer. The S4 w/ LTE is a step in the right direction, but still 1st gen LTE radios with larger nm silicon process. Later this year they will introduce 2nd gen LTE radios w/ better power saving and more integration with SoC’s.

  • Better than HTC crap