Some people might think that the most important feature in a smartphone is its display size. Others believe it comes down to a phone’s processor performance, or the amount of RAM, or even how much storage space it has. Let’s not forget about that battery though. For those that need great battery life, battery performance is one of the most important considerations before buying.

Battery technology has come a long way in the past few years, as smartphones are not only charging faster but lasting longer on one charge. Indeed, your phone can have all of the greatest features and hardware in the world, but they become useless if the battery doesn’t last very long. However, there are plenty of high-end smartphones you can purchase that have solid battery life.

Let’s take a look at our picks for the Android smartphones that we believe offer the best battery life.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

Huawei P20 Pro

huawei p20 pro

The Huawei P20 Pro has some excellent hardware specs, including a 4,000 mAh battery, which reviews claim should last most users over 15 hours with a single charge. It has a 6.1 inch display with an OLED panel. The Huawei P20 Pro was the first smartphone released with a triple rear camera setup. In addition to the 20MP monochrome sensor, the RGB sensor on the Pro goes up to a whopping 40MP, and is joined by the third sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens. The Pro also has a five-times hybrid zoom feature.

Inside, there’s Huawei’s in-house Kirin 970 processor, with its NPU chip that adds AI features, including features that help improve taking pictures with their impressive cameras. It’s not cheap, however, as the Huawei P20 Pro costs around 900 euro (about $1100) in Europe. If you want, you can get the international version on Amazon in the US for about $800. There’s also the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS variant of the P20 Pro that includes a in-screen fingerprint sensor, a 6-inch screen, and you can get one with a massive 512GB amount of onboard storage in Europe for 2095 euro ($2600). 

Specs

  • 6.1-inch Huawei FullView OLED 18:7:9 display 2,240 x 1,080 resolution
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • Triple 8, 12 and 40 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 155.0 mm x 73.9 mm x 7.8 mm, 180 g

Oppo R17 Pro

The Oppo R17 Pro may be hard to find in North America, but if you are concerned with battery life and fast charging smartphones, you might want to grab it. This phone actually has two 1,850mAh batteries inside, making it into a 3,700mAh battery. This is supposed to boost the battery’s charging time, and in our tests, we saw the Oppo R17 Pro charge up to 96 percent of its capacity in just 30 minutes, via the company’s in-house via SuperVOOC Flash Charger. In terms of use, we got over a day’s worth of work on the phone with a single charge.

The Oppo R17 Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, but the rest of its hardware specs could be found on higher-end flagship phones, including 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a triple camera setup with 20MP, 12MP and a “3D Stereo” camera, along with a 25GB front-facing camera, and a big 6.4-inch AMOLED 2,340 x 1,080 resolution display with a waterdrop notch. Once again, if you can get it, the Oppo R17 Pro might be worth checking out.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch 2,340 x 1,080 resolution display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of onboard storage
  • Android 8.1. Oreo
  • 12M, 20MP and “Stereo 3D” rear cameras, 25MP front-facing camera
  • Two 1,850mAh batteries, that work like a 3,700mAh battery
  • 157.6 x 74.6 x 7.9mm, 183 g

Moto G6 Play

Moto G6 Play Motorola

 

The recently released Moto G6 Play may be a mid-range phone, but it’s also a phone with a big 4,000mAh battery inside, which should make it last up to two days on a single charge. Inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. There’s a 5.7-inch display, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front facing camera and it comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. The Moto G6 Play is currently available on Amazon for $189.99 for Prime members.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1440 resolution, 282 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 427 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 154.4 x 72.2 x 9 mm, 175 g

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 finally gets a boost in battery size compared to other models, as it gets a 4,000mAh battery. Our tests show that it will give most folks over a day of use when fully charged.

It manages to handle this even with its big 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display that shows off video and image content to the highest degree. It’s got a fast processor inside (either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or the Samsung Exynos 9810). It has plenty of memory (6GB or 8GB of RAM) and tons of onboard storage (128GB or 512GB).

The Note 9’s dual rear camera takes excellent pictures. The embedded S-Pen has added functionality this time, including remote control support. Even the Note 9’s battery gets an upgrade to 4,000mAh, which means you can work longer on a single charge. It may be expensive, but if you want the best all-around Android phone, with some excellent battery usage, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 can’t be beat.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 516 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 128/512 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512 GB
  • Two 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1. Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201 g

OnePlus 6T

The back of the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T.

OnePlus has another winner with the OnePlus 6T, which offers well over a day of use with a single charge of its 3,700mAh battery, an upgrade compared to the OnePlus 6 with its 3,300mAh battery. It manages to do this even with its big 6.41-inch Super AMOLED display with a small waterdrop notch.

This phone also has the latest and greatest specs available: a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. The cameras include dual 16 and 20MP sensors around back with f/1.7 apertures. You can get the unlocked OnePlus 6 starting at just $529 for the model with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. That’s not a lot to pay to get one the best performing phones around. You can also go all out and get the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, which has 10GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a special 30W “warp charge 30” charger that gives the phone’s battery a full day’s worth of use in just 20 minutes. All of that for the very reasonable price of $699.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 6/8/10 GB of RAM
  • 128/256 GB of on-board storage
  • 16 MP and 20 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,700 mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm, 185 g

What do you think of our picks? Any other exceptional phone battery life performers we failed to mention? Let us know about them down in the comments.

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