Sunday, 8 February 2015

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A5 Duos battery life test

It’s time to take a closer look on where the Samsung Galaxy A5 and the Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos battery performance puts them compared to their rivals.

Both phones provide equal browsing, calling and video playback times as those tests don’t care for the dual-SIM functionality and are not affected by it and it’s stand-by where the two part ways.

As usual we start off with the call times and in the case of the Samsung Galaxy A5 duo the number is very impressive – 18 hours and 2 minutes. That puts the two devices 4 hours ahead of the HTC Desire 820 and Desire 816, close to 7 hours in front of the Motorola Moto G (2014) but slightly behind the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Sony Xperia C3 Dual.

This type of calling performance ensures you’re going to be covered if you need to make an important long call when your battery is getting low, and that’s without even resorting to Samsung’s Ultra power saving mode.

Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE 46:44h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4 18:15h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 18:12h

  • LG G2 mini 18:11h

  • Oppo Find 7a 18:11h

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 18:03h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 18:02h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos 18:02h

  • Sony Xperia ZR 17:48h

  • HTC One (E8) 17:47h

  • Nokia Lumia 735 17:30h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 16:57h

  • Pantech Burst 4:46h

The next discipline is web browsing and the Samsung Galaxy A5 and A5 Duos passed it with a very good score of 11 and a half hours. That’s almost twice as good as the latest Motorola Moto G (2014), better than the HTC Desire 820 and on par with the HTC Desire 816 and Sony Xperia C3 Dual. Once again a very good result for the pair of Samsung smartphones.

Web time

  • Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G 16:41h

  • Sony Xperia Z3 12:03h

  • Nokia XL 11:54h

  • HTC Desire 816 11:48h

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual 11:47h

  • LG G2 11:42h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 11:36h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos 11:36h

  • Sony Xperia Z2 11:32h

  • Motorola DROID Turbo 11:31h

  • Sony Xperia E1 11:30h

  • HTC One Max 11:20h

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 3:01h

Next we come to the video playback test. The Samsung Galaxy A5 and A5 Duos dropped out of the test after 9:18 hours of constant playback. That’s puts them in the middle among their rivals – behind the Sony Xperia C3 Dual and HTC Desire 816 but in front of the others and it’s a good result once again.

Video time

  • LG G Flex 19:57h

  • Apple iPhone 6 9:24h

  • Apple iPhone 4s 9:24h

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2 S6500 9:22h

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua 9:21h

  • Oppo Find 7a 9:19h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 9:18h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos 9:18h

  • Nokia Lumia 1320 9:17h

  • HTC Butterfly S 9:03h

  • Motorola DROID RAZR M 9:00h

  • Sony Xperia E 9:00h

  • Nokia Lumia 710 3:27h

Finally, after rounding up the individual test numbers, we’re yet to factor in the stand-by power draw of both smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy A5 managed to pull off 250 hours of stand-by while the Galaxy A5 Duos did 50 hours less. The resulting endurance rating favors the single-SIM Galaxy A5 with 74 hours of endurance, while the Galaxy A5 Duos gets only 69h.

The endurance rating signifies the number of hours a device will operate if you do an hour of calling, browsing and video playback daily, before it nees to be hooked up to a charger. Those are two good results overall, especially for a pair of ultra thin smartphones.

If you want to check out how we perform our battery life tests you can do so here and if you want the complete list of tested devices and wish to compute your personal endurance rating based on your own usage, check out our Battery Life page.

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