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After we’ve seen the first benchmark results for the Galaxy S4 GT-I9505 version (the one packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor,) it’s now time to look at the first battery life tests for the device.

GSM Arena was able to perform various battery tests on the Galaxy S4, measuring talk time, web browsing and video playback in the process. The tests reveal that the Galaxy S4 is able to outperform its predecessor, but also various rivals thanks to that bigger 2600mAh battery. However, the handset has a bigger display than the Galaxy S3 and a thinner profile. In other words that bigger battery could have been even bigger in case didn’t go for a slimmer profile and has to power a more power-hungry display.

The tests suggest that the Galaxy S4 may just have a good enough battery life to get you through the day, but the more you use the device during the day, the more battery juice you’re likely to consume, at different rates than the ones presented in the following scenarios.

The following tests only look at battery life in certain conditions, which are not likely to be matched in real life use.

Talk Time


With the screen off and processor idle, the Galaxy S4 battery died after 13:53 hours of talk time, or 3.5 hours more than the Galaxy S3 lasted. The publication notes that the Xperia Z “with a slightly older Snapdragon processor and smaller battery (2300mAh) managed two hours more.” Other handsets like the Google Nexus 4 and the Oppo Find 5 also scored better in similar battery testing.

Web Browsing


The Galaxy S4 managed to surf the web on a single battery charge for 8:42 hours, besting its predecessor by more than two hours. Other devices like the HTC One, iPad mini and Galaxy Note 2 did better than the Galaxy S4, although it’s worth pointing out that the first has a smaller screen, while the others have bigger batteries.

Video Playback


When it comes to video playback, the Galaxy S4 lasts for 10:16 hours of continuous playback, which means “it doesn’t really improve much over the Galaxy S3.” The device is surpassed by the Motorola RAZR Maxx, Samsung Galaxy Premier, Galaxy Note 2 and narrowly beats the iPhone 5 and the HTC One, according to the graphic below.


Finally, the publication gave the handset an endurance rating of 63 hours based on the following criteria:

That’s how long it will last between charges if you do an hour each of calling, web browsing and watching videos every day.

Like we said before, we’ll have to wait for the Galaxy S4 to hit stores in order to be properly tested during day-to-day use. And we can’t wait to see how the other version performs, you know, the one that packs the Exynos 5 Octa.

  • LOL

    “but the more you use the device during the day, the more battery juice you’re likely to consume.” YOU DONT SAY!!???

  • “although it’s worth pointing out that the first has a smaller screen” Not really worth pointing out, when it’s only 0.3″ and they’re still running the same resolution. The difference would be negligible.

  • barjwoods

    A little disappointing. I think I’m gonna switch to T-Mo for the HTC One and better prices…

    • On a Clear Day

      I don’t understand what is disappointing. In almost all categories it exceeded its previous incarnation and in those areas where it was bested by some of the other devices – some of it came down to comparing apples to oranges – devices that either had smaller screens or bigger batteries. But, I do agree with you, I’m going to be off to T-Mobile to get my S4 when they arrive!

  • On a Clear Day

    Anyone who spends 10 hours a day looking at videos on a phone, or 13 hours on a cell phone talking – really needs to get a life!

    And for those, who truly do need even more battery life I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung offers an extended battery accessory, as they did for the S3, or if they don’t then some enterprising 3rd party will.

    With those specs though I don’t anticipate it being a problem. Especially since, very wisely – Samsung choose to again make the battery removable so one could just buy an extra regular battery. My guess is that Samsung also realizes that there are a lot of people, myself included, who will not even consider for a moment a device that does not have a removable battery (or a micro-SD card).

    Why would anyone ask for a headache waiting to happen if the battery dies due to a defect or runs down on you when you can’t charge it?

    • MasterMuffin

      So if I talk to people that I can’t meet every day and my work insist that I make many phone calls, I have to get a life?…

    • Reason

      For someone who relies on carrying around an additional phone battery in their wallet/pocket to get through the day, you sure are quick to accuse other people of overusing their phones.

      I’m sure many people are in the same boat as you (as I used to be) in regards to refusing to buy a unibody phone. But eventually I realised the impracticality of carrying around an additional battery. I have never once found myself in a situation where I do not have a chance to charge my phone every several hours, between work, home, and car. Perhaps the only times an average first world worker bee might be detached from a usable power socket for an extended period of time that would warrant carrying a battery would be during: a cross continental flight; a camping trip. I was hoping to list at least 3 scenarios, but I can’t even think of a third one.

      Long story short: the rarity of circumstances under which I would say “thank god I brought that extra battery” are few and far enough apart that I forget to look for, and slip that battery into my suit pocket, briefcase, or wallet when I go out.

      Both capacity and efficiency of power have advanced to the point where holding charge for even 2 days of moderate use is within reasonable bounds. The gsm benchmark (source of this article) shows that the Galaxy SIV/HTC One has an extra 3 hours while web browing over both the Galaxy SIII and the Droid DNA – a 40% improvement. That’s an impressive effort by both companies over 1 model iteration especially for HTC to have overcome the major shortfall of the Droid DNA in the space of a few months. It would have required heavy work on the part of optimization in Sense in addition to the decision of using a lower clock speed to have stayed competitive with the GSIV’s larger battery size.

      My point is – while the freedom of a removable battery sounds good in theory, there’s a reason most other phone manufacturers haven’t seen the value in it. Before you make a decision based on only 1 factor of the phone, consider whether that single factor is something that truly affects your daily use. I guarantee that the typical user will not need a removable battery and 128 gbs of storage. At the same time I’m certain there is a minority of users that will depend on a removable battery and 128 gbs of storage. I just think Samsung is making people think they NEED those features regardless whether they’re an elitist, enthusiast or mainstream user.

      • ArcLumia

        I believe what most people like me (and samsung) believe is:

        For manufacturer, better pack your phone with complete feature, rather than experimenting to produce phone without removable battery or microsd slot, then fail in market. See hard lessons from htc, lg, and sony. Better safe than sorry.

        For user, better bring extra battery and microsd, because we never know when we will need it. We never now when our phone battery will fail. Better safe than sorry.


        As a side note, for HTC phone, removable battery is a must. Most htc phone has horrible battery life, and battery quickly get overheat. Add to that problem, most htc phone refuse to charge when battery hot.

        So yeah, at one moment you will got low battery notification, and you got a hot battery, and your battery refuse to charge. AND, your battery is non-removable!
        Great, just great.
        Imagine if I can easily swap battery and all problem solved. WOW.

  • David Brymer

    Hahaha hahahaha hahahaha u can stick ur sgs4 up ur arse haha every1 knows there is only ONE :) :) :) hahaha sent from my htc 0ne :)

    • Yes Man

      Depends, which ONE are you talking about? HTC One X, HTC One SV, HTC One VX, HTC One X+, or the HTC One V? And the numerous others I forgot to mention…so which ONE is it? ;)

    • Ivan Myring

      They just announced the follow up
      The One 2

      • shaun

        the one 2 is the verizon version also known as the butterfly or DNA….

  • tech freaky

    u suckers these battery endurence tests are from GSMARENA y don’t u do ur own tests

    • MasterMuffin

      Because they don’t have the phone yet and GSMARENA has these statistics, why can’t they show the results?

  • tech freaky


    • no rply

      where r haters now………..

  • Surprised to see the Nexus 4 anywhere on that list lol

  • no rply

    haters, where are you now…….. come on

    • Reason

      I don’t see the purpose of this comment, as this article only goes to show how close the phones are in terms of battery life and how neck-and-neck the competition is.

      • no rply

        people are mentally sick……. they just post comment against s4 like samsung did a crime making s4 design similar to s3………. but it worth to upgrade to s4…….. coz s4 have more nice and useful feature….. thats y i jus want to told them s4 isnt that bad at all

        • Ivan Myring

          Yeah i know.
          The s4 isn’t my favourite phone (still my Nexus 4) and the dev support may be lacking this time round but it still has great specs and the hardware design is better than the s3

    • Reason

      I don’t see the purpose of this comment, as this article only goes to show how close the phones are in terms of battery life and how neck-and-neck the competition is.

  • Dumpus

    No comparison to the LG Optimus G Pro with the 3140 mAh battery? Those stats have been posted on AA for a while. Hmm…

  • kascollet

    The iPhone 5 is strangely missing in the web browsing test. Is it because it destroys the S4 with 9:56 ?