Smartphone technology has evolved to a great extent today. There was a time when smartphones would barely last half a day. But today, things have improved for the better and how. It’s come to a point where there are so many smartphones to choose from that you can simply get confused. This is why we decided to compile a list of some of the best phones out there with the best battery life. Our search was exhaustive and we’ve managed to find a handful of capable devices with amazing battery life. So let’s have a look.
13 Phones with Best Battery Life in 2020
Moto G7 Power
This is one of the early 2019 smartphones, which means you’re getting the best in terms of hardware as well as software. The G7 Power promises a battery life of up to 2 days with moderate usage. This is thanks to the 5,000 mAh battery underneath the device. Naturally, the G7 Power also supports fast charging technology, which makes this a highly capable offering in the industry.
As far as other hardware specs are concerned, the G7 Power comes with a 6.2-inch 1570 x 720 LCD panel with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. On the back, the G7 Power comes with a fingerprint scanner and a single 12MP camera which is complemented by the 8MP front camera. In a time when dual and triple cameras are becoming the norm, it’s good to see Moto sticking to something simple.
This variant also comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is expandable via microSD. In terms of performance, you get the octa-core Snapdragon 632 chipset, which is optimized to work with Android 9.0 Pie. While the bezel space is relatively minimal, we feel Moto could have done better, especially with the space taken by the company logo. This variant of the Moto G7 Power is unlocked and compatible with most GSM networks in the U.S., including AT&T and T-Mobile. The phone is available in Marine Blue and Violet colors.
Samsung Galaxy A50
This is currently one of the most popular offerings in the U.S. thanks to its low cost price tag and a combination of excellent features. Samsung is using a massive 4,000 mAh battery for the Galaxy A50, which promises to last a full day on a single charge, which is what we desire from most phones. The battery is charged over a USB C port, and the company includes a 15W fast charger as well.
This appears to be an international version of the smartphone as it’s packing Samsung’s own Exynos 9610 octa-core chipset. In the camera department, the Galaxy A50 is equipped with three sensors on the back consisting of 25MP, 8MP, and 5MP respectively. The front has a 25MP camera, which should be adequate for most wide angle selfies.
This variant is offered with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage, which is becoming a standard for mid-ranged smartphones. What’s exciting about this device is the fact that it comes with an under display fingerprint scanner, making it one of the few mid-ranged devices to have the feature. This also allows Samsung to cut down unnecessary bezels and highlight the gorgeous 6.4-inch 2340 x 1080 Super AMOLED display. The phone runs Android 9.0 Pie with the company’s One UI customization. This is the factory unlocked version of the Galaxy A50 and is available in Blue, White, and Black colors.
In a time of bezel-less smartphones, this is a rare exception we’re going to make. But the CAT S41 is a worthy name on this list thanks to its battery credentials. The phone is packing a mammoth 5,000 mAh battery unit. This is accompanied by fast charging tech courtesy of the supplied 15W fast charger.
The S41 uses a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 TFT panel, which the company claims can be read in broad daylight or while wet. It can also be used with gloves. The processor on board is the Mediatek MT6757, which we mostly see in Huawei devices. Customers also get 32GB of expandable storage and 3GB of RAM, which is not the best in the market right now, but will get the job done for most people. There’s a 13MP camera on the back accompanied by an 8MP front camera.
The S41 is also a rugged device, which makes it immune to drops as well as water and dust. It can be submerged underwater (6.5 feet) for up to 60 minutes. The phone comes with military standard 810G shock and drop proof certification, making it drop proof up to 6 feet. The phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat, which is understandable since the phone came out a couple of years ago. However, there’s no word on whether the company is planning updates. The CAT S41 is only available in Black.
You might be wondering how this phone ended up on this list. Well, several of Huawei’s phone are still available for purchase online, which is excellent news for customers. While the Huawei P30 has multiple variants, the standard option comes with a high-end hardware specs sheet to rival the best in the business. This includes a 3,650 mAh battery which is supported by the company’s 22.5W fast charging technology, making it one of the fastest charging phones available in the market today.
Other hardware specs include a gorgeous 6.1-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080. The phone is also IP53 certified splash and dust resistant, which is surprising since most phones go for the IP68 rating instead. The company’s standard array of Leica branded cameras are available here, and the P30 comes with three sensors consisting of 40MP, 16MP, and 8MP sensors, offering telephoto and ultrawide shots with the device. The front has a mammoth 32MP camera sensor, which is also rated for ultrawide shots.
This particular variant sold on Amazon comes with 128GB of storage (expandable) and 8GB of RAM, which is on par with most flagships today. This, in combination with Android 9.0 Pie (EMUI 9.1) makes for an exciting user experience. The design is an instant attention grabber as well, thanks to the all glass back and front panels aided by an aluminum frame. There’s an under the display fingerprint scanner here as well. The Huawei P30 is available in Aurora, Black, and Breathing Crystal variants.
Apple iPhone XR
While iPhones have historically been known for their battery performance, especially on standby, the iPhone XR pushes the envelope further. In terms of hardware, it uses a relatively smaller 2,942 mAh battery. But thanks to optimizations within iOS 12 as well as the fast charging tech used by Apple here (50W), you can charge up to 50% of the iPhone XR’s capacity in only 30 minutes. The market has established that the iPhone XR is a mid-tier offering, although the price tag may suggest otherwise.
It comes equipped with a 6.1-inch 1792 x 828 resolution IPS LCD panel. Apple is not using fingerprint scanners on its phones anymore, sticking instead to the Face ID sensor for user authentication. The phone uses the company’s proprietary Apple A12 Bionic six-core chipset with a custom made 4-core GPU. There’s 3GB of RAM, on board, while you get to choose between 64, 128 and 256GB of storage. Naturally, there’s no microSD card slot, so storage expansion is not really an option. However, you can make do with the limited storage if you get an iCloud subscription, although it requires you to pay monthly or yearly.
The iPhone XR doesn’t get much credit for it, but it’s also a very decent cameraphone. It packs a 12MP f/1.8 sensor on the back with a wide range of software/hardware features like depth effect and more. The front has a 7MP f/2.2 sensor which is decent at best. Although the Apple iPhone XR comes in multiple colors, including Black, Blue, White, Yellow, Coral, and Red.
This may seem like an unlikely choice given that we don’t hear much about BlackBerry anymore. However, the KEY2 is a very capable Android device and comes with an amazing battery life. This is thanks to the 3,500 mAh battery, which when combined with the 18W Quick Charge 3.0 compatible chargers, can juice up the KEY2 by 50% in 36 minutes. What’s striking from the KEY2 is the fact that it comes with a touchscreen display as well as a keyboard. It’s not a slide out format, so it’s hard to distinguish it from other touchscreen phones by merely looking at the back panel.
The keyboard also means that BlackBerry had to cut down the display to 4.5-inches (LCD) with a resolution of 1620 x 1080 pixels. There are dual 12MP cameras on the back, and an 8MP front facing camera for selfies and video calls. There’s 6GB of RAM here and 64GB of expandable storage, which is adequate for a modern day smartphone. The KEY2 also comes with Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset, and runs Android 8.1 Oreo by default.
While the hardware looks pretty decent, there are some under-the-hood features that make this an interesting device. The fingerprint scanner on the KEY2 is located on the front, and right on the space bar, which is where conventional physical fingerprint scanners are located. The KEY2 is available in Black and Silver colors right now.
Huawei Mate 20 X
This is the second Huawei device on this list, and it’s certainly a big one. This smartphone was released late last year amidst a lot of hype and buzz. It comes with a 5,000 mAh battery, which is aided by the company’s 22.5W fast charger. The display is bigger than any other phone on this list by a long margin. Huawei is entering the tablet category here with the 7.2-inch OLED display panel with a resolution of 2244 x 1080 pixels. There’s barely any bezel space here, which means it won’t be as large as a conventional 7.2-inch offering.
Huawei is using a triple camera layout here which includes a 40MP primary sensor accompanied by a 20MP and 8MP sensors. The front has a 24MP camera, which should be adequate for wide angle photos and selfies. The company is using its own octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 980 chipset here which is built using the 7nm architecture. You also get 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM here, bringing it on par with most flagships available in the market today.
The Mate 20 X also comes with features like HDR10, Dolby Atmos Sound, and a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack for music and media. The company is using a rear mounted fingerprint scanner with the Mate 20 X, which is slightly disappointing given what we’ve seen from subsequent Huawei smartphones. The company is currently offering the smartphone in Midnight Blue, with the Phantom Blue variant not visible as of yet. The seller mentions that this is the international unlocked version of the handset, which means you can only access networks like AT&T, T-Mobile, and a handful of others in the U.S.
ASUS ZenFone Max Plus
This is yet another mid-ranged like the CAT S41 that has been around for more than a year, so the hardware will probably not be as flattering as we’ve seen on some other devices. The key highlight here, however, is the battery performance. The ZenFone Max Plus comes with a 4,130 mAh battery, assisted by the company’s 10W fast charging. What makes the ZenFone Max Plus special, however, is the fact that it comes with reverse charging feature, allowing you to charge other devices.
The rest of the hardware features here are pretty decent, which includes a 5.7-inch 2160 x 1080 LCD panel. The ZenFone Max Plus also comes with the octa-core Mediatek MT6750T chipset, which has featured on multiple mid-ranged devices in the past. This particular variant also comes with 32GB of expandable storage and 3GB of RAM.
The phone appears to be slightly lacking in the camera department as it features an 8MP camera on the back and an 8MP camera on the front. The ZenFone Max Plus comes with a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, which is on par with other mid-ranged offerings that were launched at the time (late 2017). This is a dual-SIM model and unlocked for GSM carriers. It also comes with U.S. warranty.
Samsung Galaxy S10+
No list is complete without Samsung’s flagship of the year, the Galaxy S10+. This is the larger of the two Galaxy S10 flagships launched this year, and as you would expect, it is packed with the latest hardware on board. As far as the battery is concerned, it comes with a 4,100 mAh unit with features like reverse charging, which allows you to charge other devices using the Galaxy S10+. The phone supports 15W fast wired charging and 15W wireless charging.
The highlight of the Galaxy S10+ is the massive 6.4-inch 3040 x 1440 resolution Super AMOLED display with a screen to body ratio of 88.9%. This particular variant uses the Exynos 9820 8nm octa-core chipset, which promises to be extremely efficient while not compromising on the performance. The camera layout is quite unique with the rear featuring a triple camera setup consisting of two 12MP sensors and a 16MP sensor. The front comes with a 10MP and 8MP unit with features like dual video call among other things.
You will also find 8GB of RAM on this device with 128GB of expandable storage. This is an international model, so you will have to check to see if LTE networks in the U.S. are covered. It will not work with CDMA networks like Sprint and Verizon. It also comes with dual-SIM standby, which is an advantage that international models enjoy. The handset can be bought in Prism Black.
Google Pixel 3a
Google’s latest Pixel offering, the Pixel 3a has been making waves in the market since it was launched last month. The smartphone also enjoys a very good battery life thanks to optimizations done on the software front along with the 3,000 mAh battery. It supports 18W fast charging by default, so you can expect to charge your device pretty quickly. The company claims that you can get 7 hours of use with just a 15-minute charge, which is possible thanks to Google’s Adaptive Battery technology.
Other specs include a 5.6-inch 2220 x 1080 OLED display, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of non-expandable storage. Google has long been against the use of microSD card slots on its devices, and it’s no different with the Pixel 3a. It’s also worth noting that the Pixel 3a is only available in one storage/RAM combination, which means there’s very little confusion about the variant you’re going to choose. The phone uses a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, which is no different from other Pixel phones.
The phone is available in Just Black, Simply White, and Purple-ish color variants. As you would expect, the phone runs Android 9.0 Oreo by default, with an update to Android Q on the cards later this year. Google promises software coverage for up to 3 years since the launch of its phones, so the Pixel 3a should be covered through 2022 at the very least.
Sony Xperia XZ2
This is a phone that we don’t hear about all that often, but is still a very capable offering considering the hardware it’s packing. It has a moderate 3,180 mAh battery pack underneath, but what makes it special is the 18W fast charging support that comes with it. The Xperia XZ2 packs a decent 5.7-inch 2160 x 1080 resolution LCD panel along with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. There’s the octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset underneath, which promises top end performance.
There’s 64GB of expandable storage and 4GB of RAM here, which is on par with several other devices in this segment. There’s a single 19MP camera on the back accompanied by a 5MP front facing camera. Although the company touts this as a media device, it is missing the 3.5mm audio jack, relying instead on wireless Bluetooth connectivity or adapters for wired earbuds. There’s a rear mounted fingerprint scanner, which can take some getting used to given the positioning. Android 8.0 Oreo is running by default here with an update for Android 9.0 recently rolling out.
Moto Z4 with Moto 360 Camera
This is a relatively new device in the market, and a much needed addition to Moto’s flagship lineup. It was made available earlier this month, which means you can snatch up the device with some good accessory bundles. This particular listing is offering the Moto 360 Camera Mod for free with the handset, which makes it an appealing prospect for everyone. In terms of battery, the Moto Z4 is packing a 3,600 mAh unit which comes with support for 15W fast charging by default.
The phone also comes with 128GB of expandable storage and 4GB of RAM. The Moto Z4 uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset with an attractive under display fingerprint scanner. Although the phone doesn’t support wireless charging by default, the feature can be enabled with one of the company’s Mods.
The Moto Z4 also comes with Alexa built-in, allowing the device to interact with a wide range of Alexa-connected devices at your home. The phone comes with U.S. warranty as you expect, and is compatible with a wide range of carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
Ulefone Armor 3T
This phone may not be as popular as a few other offerings on this list, but as far as battery performance is concerned, this is definitely the best. It may look like a walkie talkie, and that’s because it comes with the feature by default. The key feature here, however, is the 10,300 mAh battery which supports 9V fast charging courtesy of Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. The phone also comes with MIL-STD-810G certification which makes it extremely durable especially against drops.
The phone is also packing a 2160 x 1080 resolution display, accompanied by a 21MP rear camera and a 13MP front facing sensor. While most phone stick with fingerprint unlocking, the Ulefone Armor 3T comes with face unlock as well. The aforementioned 10,300 mAh battery is also capable of charging other devices, which is probably why there’s such a massive unit underneath. Given this factor, the phone is quite bulky at around 370g. It features 64GB of expandable storage as well as 4GB of RAM, thus rounding off a very impressive hardware specs sheet. Be sure to check out this handset.