Apple may have not equipped its latest iPhones with the biggest batteries, but it still promises that
the iPhone XS Max has approximately 1.5 hours of longer battery life than the iPhnone X. That’s a
bold claim to say the least, considering that the Max sport a 6.5inch display.
To put that in numbers, the XS Max has a 3174mAh battery. Although that may be the largest
battery that the Cupertino giant has ever opted for in an iPhone, it’s still the smallest battery in the
market right now, in the high-end, where the XS Max falls. For instance, Samsung’s Galaxy has a
6.4inch AMOLED display and houses a 4000mAh battery. That’s about 23% more horse power than
In one of the numerous YouTube videos that perform battery drain tests on high-end devices,
Mrwhosetheboss conducted the most detailed and pragmatic test. He compared the battery on a
Google Pixel 3 XL (6.2inch screen, 3430mAh battery), a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6.4inch scree,
4000mAh battery), a Sony Xperia XZ3 (6.0inch screen, 3300mAh battery and of course an iPhone XS
Max (6.0inch display, 3174mAh battery). He notes that on iPhones, the second 50% of the battery
drops way faster than the first half. However, the iOS 12 that the device is running on, is extremely
efficient and battery friendly compared to the other device which operate with Android. In addition,
the new 7nm chip that Apples uses is much less power consuming than the 10nm processor chips
found on the other high-end devices of the video.
Six hours and 16 minutes later, the iPhone XS Max is the last to power off, after a draining test that
brought all handsets to extreme heights. As Mrwhosetheboss mentions, the difference between the
Galaxy Note 9 and the XS Max is a mere 10 minutes or less; and that’s on a demanding test. The
average end user will probably never notice such a difference with daily use.
It’s worth noting however, that the Xperia XZ3 powered off first falling in the last place after 3 hours
and 58 minutes – not a terrible result, but not a great one either. Provided that Sony’s flagship is the
same with the Pixel 3XL, one would expect that the two phones will bring similar results. However,
the latter powered off second, earning the 3 rd place, after 5 hours and 19 minutes. Not as good as
the top two contestants, but definitely not a bad result. Let’s say it’s decent.
Although we expect CPU tests and benchmarks to judge other aspects of the iPhone XS Max and its
rivals, it’s good to start off with a clear win. What do you think about Apple’s latest flagship and its
battery life? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned to learn all the latest news on this
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