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You told us: This is the smallest battery size you're willing to settle on

Almost 80% of polled readers say more than 4,000mAh is the way to go.

Published onJuly 12, 2022

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A smartphone’s battery life is determined by various factors, such as the chipset, 5G connectivity, screen technology (including high refresh rate screens), and more. However, battery capacity itself is another important factor in this regard.

What are Android Authority readers willing to settle on in terms of battery size, though? That’s the question we asked in a poll last week, and here’s what you told us.

What’s the smallest battery size you’re willing to settle on?


The poll was posted on July 8, raking in just over 1,400 votes as of writing. We specifically noted at the time that this poll applied to a mid-ranger or flagship phone with all the bells and whistles (a relatively powerful processor, 5G, high refresh rate). After all, a low-end phone with a frugal 4G chipset and 60Hz screen uses less power and could make do with a smaller battery.

So what was the winning pick, then? Well, it was a close race, but the top pick was a 4,501 to 5,000mAh battery (32.23%). It edged out the 4,001 to 4,500mAh camp, which accounted for 31.6% of the vote. This means almost two-thirds of respondents want a minimum battery capacity of 4,001mAh to 5,000mAh.

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In third place was “more than 5,000mAh,” accruing 14.85% of the vote. When you combine these results with the aforementioned results, it means that almost 80% of respondents want their smartphone battery size to be more than 4,000mAh.

Otherwise, 3,501 to 4,000mAh (11.4%), 3,000 to 3,500mAh (5%), “I don’t care about capacity” (3.4%), and “under 3,000mAh” (1.5%) were the final four picks on the list.


  • 🇦🇺Marshall: 5000mAh is alright paired with today’s stronger SoCs. I still find that screen-on time is more of an issue. That, and despite the downplay over the last couple of years, inductive wireless charging is not the best way to treat a battery.
  • Albin: The combined 6000mAh on my current Moto Z series (3000mAh with another 3000mAh Mophie snap-on mod) has spoiled me for the normal gap between daily use (phone has plenty) and special demands like travel and photography, frustratingly inadequate with portable chargers very clunky but the Moto Mod is a treat. No idea what I’ll replace it with, hopefully after a couple more years of active service.
  • Alessandro87: at least 6000mah nowdays…. the times where having 4500 or 5000 gives you 2/3 full days are OVER… i still love my lenovo p2. i know soc are more porwerul nowdays but when u get a phone with 5000 it lasts only 1 or 1.5 days not enough for such a big battery. so we need at least 6000mah nowdays
  • Leif Shantz: 4000 mAh is the absolute minimum for my needs.
  • thesecondsight: I won’t buy a phone unless it has a minimum battery capacity of 5,000 mAh. Our utility company is notorious for experiencing massive power outages during the tornado season. I need a battery that gets me through 2-3 days without electricity.
  • Tennisfreak: 6 inches and less I’ll go as low as 4000. Anything bigger better have 5000 or more.

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