iPhone XS Max Dominates Android Rivals in New Battery Drain Test

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Apple not only equipped its latest and largest-ever iPhone with its largest iPhone battery yet, but the company promises that its 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max will deliver as much as one-and-a-half hours (90 minutes) more usage time in comparison to last year’s iPhone X.

The iPhone XS Max’s battery was discovered in recent regulatory filings to harness a maximum capacity of 3,174 mAh. And while that’s the largest battery ever employed in an iPhone, it’s quite a bit smaller, in comparison, to some of the company’s fiercest competition in the high-end smartphone space. 

For example, with a slightly smaller 6.4-inch AMOLED display, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 phablet ships with a massive 4,000 mAh battery — nearly 23 percent larger than iPhone XS Max’s.

Size Matters?

Nevertheless, in a riveting new hands-on battery test published to his YouTube channel this week, user Mrwhostheboss reveals how Apple’s super-sized iPhone puts some of its most generously-equipped rivals to shame.

For this testing, the user chose three high-end Android devices to compare against Apple’s 6.5-inch behemoth:

  • Sony’s 6.0-inch P-OLED equipped Xperia XZ3, which touts a 3,300 mAh battery pack
  • Google’s all-new 6.3-inch P-OLED equipped Pixel 3 XL, which touts a larger 3,430 mAh battery
  • Samsung’s 6.4-inch Super AMOLED equipped Galaxy Note 9, with its 4,000 mAh battery

Notably, all three devices feature similar display technologies, as well as larger batteries, in comparison to iPhone XS Max — and yet, by running all four handsets through a series of different tasks to simulate everyday usage, the YouTuber found Apple’s flagship hanging on even after all the others dropped off.

First to go was Sony’s Xperia XZ3, which died after just three hours of testing. At this point in the video, iPhone XS Max is still humming along with 36 percent battery remaining. 

The next to succumb was Google’s Pixel 3 XL, which turned itself off after a modest five hours and 20 minutes of continuous usage. At this point, iPhone XS Max is hanging in there with just 11 percent power remaining.

Ultimately, after six hours and three minutes, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 shut down — not too long before iPhone XS Max followed suit at six hours and 16 minutes.

Fair Resolutions

One thing worth pointing out regarding this test is that it appears to contradict previous battery test results which showed the Note 9 besting iPhone XS Max in a similar head-to-head fashion.

Of course, that’s not terribly surprising when the Galaxy Note’s display is not only slightly smaller than iPhone’s, but its battery is also much bigger.

However, Samsung’s AMOLED display on the Note 9 is clocked at 1080p resolution, by default, which automatically gives the phablet a slight advantage since Apple’s AMOLED panel on the XS Max is fully-clocked at the maximum 2688 x 1242 resolution.

This would certainly explain how the Note 9 was able to beat iPhone XS Max in that initial testing, and so to even the score, Mrwhostheboss decided for the sake or fairness to go in an manually increase the resolution of the Note 9’s display to its maximum (2960×1440), just to bring it more “up to speed” with the quality of Apple’s.. And the results speak for themselves.

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