The 2,600mAh battery of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition had been subjected to some tests, comparing its performance to those on the Samsung Galaxy S4 with the Snapdragon 600 chip, Samsung Galaxy S4 with the Exynos 5 Octa-core chip, Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as well as those from other phone makers like the Huawei Ascend Mate, Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX, Motorola RAZR I, LG Optimus G, Sony Xperia Z, among several others. The tests, which involved 3G talk time, web browsing, and video playback, were performed by GSM Arena.
Based on such tests, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition did not deliver a particularly impressive performance. GSM Arena’s endurance rating for the battery is 63 hours. It lasted for 12 hours, 37 minutes in terms of 3G talk time, 7 hours, 13 minutes in terms of web browsing, and 12 hours, 32 minutes in terms of video playback.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs. Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 Snapdragon 600
The Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 had enough battery juice for 18 hours, 3 minutes of talk time. It lasted for around 6 hours more than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition. It also fared better in terms of web browsing, running 7 hours and 24 minutes, or 11 minutes more than the battery of the S4 Google Play Edition. However, in terms of video playback, the S4 Google Play Edition did better, but only for two minutes, as compared with the Snapdragon 600-toting S4. The Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 also had a higher endurance score of 69.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 Octa-core
The Exynos 5 Octa-core version of Samsung Galaxy S4 had a shorter battery life when compared to the Google Play Edition. In the video playback test, the Octa-core only had enough juice for 11 hours, 29 minutes, which is around an hour less than that offered by the Google Play Edition.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Compared with the toughened Galaxy S4, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition also had a shorter battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active ran for 7 hours, 35 minutes in the web browsing test, 11 minutes more than the Google Play Edition. In terms of talk time, the S4 Active lasted for 16 hours, 40 minutes, or around 4 hours longer than the Google Play Edition. No information is available on the video playback performance of the S4 Active.
Top-performing smartphone batteries
In GSM Arena’s test, the Huawei Ascend Mate scored the highest in terms of talk time, offering 25 hours, 12 minutes. In the web browsing category, the HTC One bested the others that were tested, running for 9 hours, 58 minutes. The Motorola Motorola RAZR MAXX (Ice Cream Sandwich), for its part, was first in the video playback category, with 16 hours and 35 minutes.