Android smartphones with the best battery life (May 2017)

Some people might think that the most important feature in a smartphone is its display size. Others believe it comes down to a phone’s processor performance, or the amount of RAM, or how much storage space it has. Let’s not forget about that battery though. For those that need long-lasting performance, battery life is one of the most important considerations before buying.

Battery technology has gotten much better in the past few years, as smartphones are not only charging faster but lasting longer on one charge. Indeed, your phone can have all of the greatest features and hardware in the world, but they become useless if the battery doesn’t last very long. However, there are plenty of high-end smartphones you can purchase that have solid battery life.

Let’s take a look at our picks for the Android smartphones that we believe offer the best battery life.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

Huawei Mate 9

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With its big 5.9-inch Full HD display, its powerful Kirin 960 processor, dual-SIM capabilities, and an impressive camera setup, the Huawei Mate 9 may be one of the best big phones you can buy. The 4,000 mAh battery inside the Mate 9 is also one of the largest found on an Android flagship smartphone. In our own tests, we discovered that even with heavy use, the Mate 9 will last about six hours or so on a single charge. Again that’s for heavy gaming-oriented users. Most people will likely be able to use the Mate 9 for more than a day on one charge, and perhaps even through two whole days or even longer.

Specs

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373 ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm, 190 g

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BlackBerry KEYone

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The BlackBerry KEYone might just be the most unique Android handset on the market right now. With its 4.5-inch 1080p display (with a 2:3 aspect ratio), physical keyboard, and industrial, beefy design, it’s certainly an eye-catching device. One of our favorite things about the phone, though, is its amazing battery life. In our testing, we were able to achieve at least four hours of screen-on time, sometimes reaching up to six or six and a half hours of screen-on time in one day. That’s all thanks to the power-saving Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood, as well as the non-removeable 3,505 mAh battery.

Specs

  • 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1620 x 1080 resolution, 434 ppi
  • 2.0 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,505 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 149.3 x 72.5 x 9.4 mm, 180 g

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Moto Z Play

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The Moto Z Play may be a cheaper handset than the Moto Z Droid or Moto Z Force Droid models, but it still supports the growing number of first and third-party Moto Mods that extend its functions. It also packs in a 3,510 mAh battery that lasted an astonishing 16 hours and 13 minutes with our Wi-Fi browsing test. Oh, and if that’s not enough battery life for your for some reason, you can snap a Moto Mod battery directly on its back to extend your browsing time even more. If you’re looking for a prepaid Verizon phone that’s unique and won’t skimp out on battery life, you should get the Moto Z Play.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 403 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 16 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,510 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.4 x 76.4 x 7 mm, 165 g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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The Galaxy S7 Edge, with its 5.5-inch curved Quad HD Super AMOLED display and its Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, offers a lot of power and a high-res screen. The 3,600 mAh battery inside provides about a day’s worth of battery life during normal conditions, and you might be able to squeeze out a few more if you keep your activities low. In our hardcore testing, with full brightness on, the battery life lasted about 6 hours and 40 minutes. The battery life is about the same if you get the US-based version with the Snapdragon 820 processor, or with Samsung’s own Exynos chips.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,600 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

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OnePlus 3T

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The OnePlus 3T launched late in 2016 and quickly became a favorite of ours, thanks to its more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 16 MP rear- and front-facing cameras. The 3,400 mAh battery inside the phone, which is a bit more than the 3,000 mAh battery that was put in the now discontinued OnePlus 3 model, should be enough to get you through a full day of use on a single charge. Overall, the OnePlus 3T should keep you going long enough so you can charge the battery up again at the end of the day.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 16 MP rear camera, 16 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm, 158 g

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Google Pixel XL

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The Google Pixel XL has arrived, and Google’s flagship Android Nougat smartphone is an impressive handset, thanks to its Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM and some of the best smartphone cameras in existence. The 3,450 mAh battery inside the new flagship lasted about 4 hours and 45 minutes when we put it through our high-end gaming benchmark. Most of the time, you should get about a day’s worth of battery life with normal use with the Pixel XL, and that’s not bad at all considering all the hardware inside. 

Specs

  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • 12.3 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,450 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.6 mm, 168 g

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What do you think of our picks? Any other exceptional battery performers we failed to mention? Let us know about them down in the comments.

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Best waterproof and water resistant Android phones (May 2017)

If you’re prone to dropping your smartphone in water, this list is for you.

Smartphones that can be dropped in the pool, the toilet, or get caught in the rain aren’t as rare as they used to be. More and more smartphone manufacturers are launching phones with IP67 and 68 ratings, meaning your phone likely won’t be rendered useless if it gets submerged in water on accident. While there actually isn’t a smartphone on the market that’s completely waterproof, there are a handful that are very water resistant.

And that’s what we’re here to talk about today. Here is our list of the best waterproof and water resistant Android phones out there.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.
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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

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Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung seemed to have a pretty good idea as to what users want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with the 2016 flagships. And while the Note 7 seemed to improve even more in those areas, overheating problems caused the device to enter total recall mode.

Now we get to see what Samsung has in store for us in 2017. It should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, great cameras and an all-new design that’s truly futuristic.

This time around, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S8 and S8 Plus, as well as a unique 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. The company even ditched its famous physical home button and included on-screen navigation keys (finally). These devices come with an IP68 water resistance rating, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (or Exynos 8895, depending on the region), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, and one of the latest versions of Android, 7.0 Nougat.

Samsung even launched a few extra accessories alongside the S8 that you should definitely consider checking out. The new Samsung DeX dock lets you use your S8 as a desktop computer, and there’s also a new Gear 360 camera that allows for shooting video in 4K and live streaming to YouTube. Of course, there’s also a new Galaxy S8-compatible Gear VR headset, complete with a controller for easier navigation.

All in all, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most promising smartphones launching in 2017.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 570 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm, 155 g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2960 x 1440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 8895 processor (depending on region)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm, 173 g

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LG G6

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Throughout 2016, the LG G5 struggled to take on the Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and all the other flagships released that year. It’s not a bad phone, per se, it just lacks the level of polish we normally expect from top-tier smartphones nowadays. The phone would have been more widely accepted if it nailed the modular implementation, but unfortunately the whole module-swapping process was wonky and the three “Friends” that launched with the G5 weren’t all that appealing. With the G6, LG has gone back to the basics.

Certainly the most standout feature on the G6 is its 5.7-inch Quad HD LCD display, with its interesting aspect ratio of 18:9 and rounded corners. It also comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4 GB of RAM, plenty of on-board storage, an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and dual 13 MP rear cameras. It’s worth noting that not all LG G6s are created equal. For example, the G6 that’s coming to the U.S. is the only variant that supports wireless charging, while the Hi-Fi Quad DAC is exclusive to South Korea and certain markets in Asia. What’s more, the G6 with 64 GB of storage is only available in a handful of markets.

This isn’t a phone that introduces a bunch of gimmicky features that you’ll never use. It’s simply a solid, well-built smartphone that nails the main areas users care most about.

Specs

  • 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with 2880 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 13 MP rear cameras, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm, 163 g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge aren’t the biggest and best Samsung phones anymore, but they’re still worth your attention. While they don’t offer removable batteries, Samsung included expandable storage on both handsets in case the 32 GB of on-board storage isn’t enough. Samsung mostly stuck to the same design this time around, though they did shrink down the camera bumps on the back and made the devices a little thicker to make room for larger batteries.

In terms of specs, these are some great smartphones. They come with Quad HD Super AMOLED displays, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processors, 4 GB of RAM, great 12 MP rear-facing cameras and run the latest version of Android. Instead of featuring the same screen sizes this time around though, Samsung kept the S7 at a smaller 5.1 inches, while the S7 Edge has been bumped up to a larger 5.5-inch panel.

They also come with IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, which will allow your phone to survive underwater at a maximum depth of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. They’re also protected from dust, dirt and sand, all without the need for port caps or covers. Seriously, these are some incredible smartphones.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm, 152 g

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 200 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,600 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm, 157 g

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

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You’re constantly dropping your phone. You always use one of those indestructible phone cases. Your phone has taken a swim more than you have this summer.

Does this sound like you? If so, you should probably pick up the Galaxy S7 Active.

It has mostly all the same specifications as the standard Galaxy S7, but this one comes with a handful of improvements for those who need a more rugged device. It’s IP68 certified for dust proofing and water resistance, and also comes with a MIL-STD-810G certification for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance. Oh, and it comes with a massive 4,000 mAh battery that’s extremely difficult to kill in a single day.

It should be noted that there has been some controversy surrounding the S7 Active’s waterproofing, though Samsung claims to have fixed the issues.

Specs

  • 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 577 ppi
  • Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 148.8 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm, 185 g

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Sony Xperia XZ

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The Sony Xperia XZ comes to market with some powerful specs, a great camera and a new design direction.

It sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor, 3 GB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB of on-board storage with microSD expansion. And like most other Sony phones out there the XZ has an IP68 certification, meaning your phone can survive underwater at a maximum depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. It’s also protected from dust, dirt and sand.

One thing to note – if you’re buying the XZ in the US, you won’t be able to use the fingerprint sensor. It’s deactivated in the US for some reason. There are ways around that, though, it just requires a little more hacking than some would like.

Specs

  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 424 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 23 MP rear camera, 13 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,900 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm, 161 g

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So, there you have it – our list of the best waterproof and water resistant Android phones! Did we leave anything out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S7 edge finally getting Nougat in US, but only through Smart Switch

Though many of the carrier models of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have already received the Android 7.0 Nougat update, the unlocked models have yet to receive their updates in the US.

The unlocked S7 edge is finally getting the update to Nougat, but only through the Samsung Smart Switch computer program. There’s no OTA rolling out at the moment, and the standard S7 is not seeing the same update.

Despite the long delays, the update is a good one. It brings an enhanced Doze mode, split screen multitasking, double-tapping the recent apps button will switch between the last two apps, notifications have been improved, and a lot more. If you own an unlocked S7 edge, you can download Smart Switch and grab the update or wait for the OTA.