Monday, 8 December 2014

Gionee Elife S5.1 battery life test

One of the thinnest smartphones around, the Gionee Elife S5.1, has just made it through our review routine and you can find out what happened in our in-depth article.

The Gionee Elife S5.1 uses a 4.8″ Super AMOLED screen and runs on the MT6592 chip with an octa-core Cortex-A7 processor. We’ve seen this platform perform rather poorly, when it comes to battery endurance, so we didn’t expect anything impressive from the Elife S5.1 but we surely had our eyes open for potential surprises.

Our first test routine measures the 3G talk time endurance of the Gionee Elife S5.1. The phone did worse than its Gionee Elife S5.5 but that’s to be expected, since it packs about 10% smaller battery at 2,050 mAh capacity.

The Elife S5.1 battery packed just enough juice to last 5 minutes short of 9 hours, which is a below average mark nowadays.

Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE 46:44h

  • Nokia Lumia 810 9:05h

  • Acer CloudMobile S500 9:05h

  • Motorola ATRIX HD MB886 9:04h

  • HTC Vivid 9:02h

  • Nokia Lumia 920 8:56h

  • Gionee Elife S5.1 8:55h

  • Nokia Lumia 610 8:51h

  • HTC Rhyme 8:48h

  • Apple iPhone 5 8:42h

  • LG Optimus 3D Max P720 8:42h

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V 8:41h

  • Pantech Burst 4:46h

Then we pitted the Elife S5.1 against our dedicated web browsing script, which emulates regular browser usage. The Gionee Elife S5.1′s default UC Browser did better this time, not crashing once, and beating the Gionee Elife S5.5 by two hours. Nevertheless, the 7 hours endurance is an average result by our books.

Web time

  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G 16:41h

  • Samsung Galaxy Express I8730 7:09h

  • Oppo Find 7a 7:09h

  • Meizu MX3 7:09h

  • Motorola RAZR i XT890 7:06h

  • Sony Xperia J 7:06h

  • Gionee Elife S5.1 7:04h

  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4 6:58h

  • Apple iPhone 4s 6:56h

  • Xiaomi Hongmi 1S 6:54h

  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7 6:54h

  • Samsung Galaxy Core I8260 6:54h

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 3:01h

Finally, we left the Gionee Elife S5.1 play a looped video sample. It took its battery 6 hours to drop down to 10%, which is on par with the Elife S5.5, but is still an uninspiring score, putting it at the bottom of our all-time chart.

Video time

  • LG G Flex 19:57h

  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R 6:21h

  • Nokia Lumia 920 6:19h

  • HTC Sensation XL 6:12h

  • Sony Xperia Z1 6:12h

  • Nokia X 6:10h

  • Gionee Elife S5.1 6:00h

  • LG Nexus 5 6:06h

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket S5300 6:06h

  • Motorola Moto G (2014) 6:05h

  • HTC One mini 2 06:05h

  • Samsung i927 Captivate Glide 6:04h

  • Nokia Lumia 710 3:27h

On a rather positive note, the Gionee Elife S5.1 is a real champ when it comes to stand-by battery draw. The Elife S5.1 dropped merely 20% in five days, which means it could potentially last about a month on a single charge if you just leave it on your desk.

The Gionee Elife S5.1 had average or below average performance in our individual battery tests, but thanks to a great standby performance, it scored a good final endurance rating of 55 hours. This means the Elife S5.1 will last two days and then some if you do an hour of calls, an hour of video watching and an hour of web browsing each day.

Of course, if you are using a different and more consuming usage pattern, the Gionee Elife S5.1′s battery would drain more quickly.

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