Smartphones are only as good as their batteries. Once the juice is sucked up, your smartphone is as good as a dumb brick. Even after the recent leap in smartphone tech, the industry has not been able to innovate in batteries. The result is we have great smartphones with powerful processors that last us a day barely.
Of course, fast charging has come in and eased the pain of wall huggers a bit but prevention is always better than cure. There’s nothing like the freedom to move around without chargers knowing your phone won’t die on you. So, we’ve decided to round up some of the smartphones with monster batteries. And by monster batteries, we actually mean those that carry at least 5,000 mAh Li-ion juice packs. These phones, if used with discretion, can last you up to 2 days, and if onboard power saving techniques are used, maybe even more than that. Although they are not powerhouses, they can hold their own when it comes to performance. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the big battery smartphones in 2017.
The Lenovo P2 is a smartphone specially crafted for heavy users. It’s 5000mAh battery beneath a 5.5-inch Full HD screen is too good. I’ve personally tested the phone and I am a very heavy user. My WiFi or data stays on throughout the day, and there’s also high video consumption. Even with all that, I never need to charge it in the middle of the day. It comes with an aggressive power saving mode like on Samsung devices. 10% with this mode will carry you through a whole night easily. Apart from that, it is a decent performer now running Nougat. It can handle pretty much everything very well.
- Display: 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display Full HD (1920 x 1080) pixels.
- SOC – Snapdragon 625 Processor GPU: Adreno 506.
- RAM: 3 GB or 4 GB RAM variants.
- OS: Runs on Android OS v Nougat 7.0 with Pure Vibe UI
- Primary Storage: 32 for 3 GB & 64 GB for 4 GB variant.
- Secondary Storage: expandable up to 128 GB via Hybrid SIM card slot
- Cameras: 13 MP rear camera with Sony sensor and dual LED Flash & 5 MP front camera at f/2.2 aperture.
- Finger print sensor: Front Home Button
- Battery: 5100 mAh non-removable battery.
- Fast Charging and Reverse Charging Support – True.
- Price: Starts from 14,999 on Flipkart exclusively
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
The Mi Max 2 is a smartphone with not just a huge battery but with a footprint as big to go with it. It is almost a tablet with a 6.4-inch screen and a beast of 5,300 mAh battery. Its predecessor had a 4,850 mAh battery but this one up the battery game. That mammoth battery coupled with Redmi Note 4 components make for a very enduring phablet. It doesn’t come with aggressive power saving settings. But with that battery, I doubt you will need it. If you don’t hate big 6.4-inch screens, this is a very good all-round phone.
- Rear Camera – 12 MP rear camera with f/2.2 SONY IMX 386 sensor
- Front Selfie Camera –5 Mega pixel Camera, F/2.2 aperture
- Screen Size, Display, Resolution– 6.44 Inches, FHD (1920*1080), 343 Pixels per inch.
- Powered By – Qualcomm SD 625 8 Cores Processor, Max Clock Speed 2.0 Ghz, Adreno 506.
- RAM – 4 GB LPDDR3.
- Onboard Storage – 64 GB.
- Expandable Storage – up to 128 GB using micro-sd.
- Software – Android Nougat 7.1 along with MIUI 9.0.
- 4G VOLTE support with Dual Sim.
- Battery– Enormous 5300 mAH capacity battery with fast charging support – QC 3.0.
Moto E4 Plus
The Moto E4 Plus is a marathon runner for those on a budget. All the phones on this list come with a Full HD display except for the Moto E4 Plus. That is what strengthens it’s battery even further. The 5.5-inch HD display conserves a lot of the 5,000 mAh battery juice and gives stellar battery life. I haven’t tested the handset myself but I reckon it would easily last 2 days to average users.
- Display: 5.5-inches HD Display (1280*720) pixels with 267 PPI.
- Processor: Quad-core processor MTK 6737 with clock speed of 1.3 GHz.
- Operating System Software: Android Nougat 7.1 with near stock experience.
- RAM: 3 GB.
- Storage Capacity : 32 GB onboard storage, expandable up to 128 GB.
- Dual Sim and 4G Connectivity, Fingerprint Scanner.
- Offers a 13 MP rear camera with LED Flash and Autofocus
- Selfie Camera – 5 MP Front Selfie camera.
- Battery Capacity: 5000 mAH battery.
- Fast Charging – Yes
- Price: Rs. 10000
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro
The Galaxy A9 Pro is not a fresh new handset. It was launched in 2016. But the premium series phone is now available at a significant discounted price. It has a premium metal build with glass plating borrowed from the S series and harbours a 5,000 mAh battery. The battery is responsible for lighting up the 6.0-inch Full HD display on the handset. And with Samsung’s optimisations, you can expect great standby times with it. Apart from that, it is by no means a slouch in the performance department. It has now also received Android Nougat.
You would be forgiven to not know the Nubia N1. It is one of the few budget offerings of ZTE in India. It was launched last year with a tagline, “Farewell to Daily Charging”. Need we say more. The company claims the handset can provide 3-day battery life with medium duty use. It has a Helio P10 chip inside the chassis that is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery. It comes with ZTE’s own Nubia UI 4.0.
- 5.5 inch Full HD display, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401 PPi.
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
- MediaTek 6755 (Helio P10), Octa-core SoC clocked at 2.0 GHz.
- Mali-T860MP2 GPU
- 3 GB RAM & 64 GB internal storage
- Expandable up to 256 GB via SD card
- Android OS v6.0 Marshmallow with Nubia UI 4 atop.
- 13 MP rear camera at f/2.2 aperture with PDAF, dual tone(LED Flash).
- 13 MP front camera at f/2.2 aperture with 1080 p recording, added beauty filters & smart fill light.
- Fast finger print scanner (takes 0.2 seconds to unlock).
- Dual sim support with 4G (LTE) connectivity.
- 8.9 mm thick and weighs 190 gms
- Non-removable 5000 mAh Li-Po battery.
Apart from these smartphones, there are others as well like the ZenFone 3s Max, ZTE Blade A2 Plus that deserve honourable mentions. We didn’t mention handsets with 4,000 mAh batteries as a lot of manufacturers are focusing on 4000 mAh batteries and the list would be quite large.
Furthermore, battery life is a very subjective thing and varies widely due to usage. Hence, we’ve simply mentioned phones with big batteries and we don’t want to claim any particular duration of battery life for any smartphone. It remains for you to see how long your phone will last according to use.
That’s it for the big battery smartphones roundup. We also have a roundup of best smartphones under Rs 15,000, in case you’re out for the kill. Let us know if there are other handsets with 5,000 mAh batteries and have good performance that you know of. Also share with us how long your big battery phone lasts you in the comments below