Friday, May 2, 2014

Nokia XL battery test

The Nokia XL is a fairly large and heavy phone but it has a relatively small 2,000mAh battery. While its dual-core Cortex-A5 chipset and its WVGA screens are not the biggest battery hogs, we’re testing the dual-SIM version of the phone, which is bound to put extra strain on the battery.

The Nokia XL’s smaller siblings have 1,500mAh batteries so the extra 1″ screen size also comes with a 500mAh advantage.

Still, the Nokia XL was within half an hour of the Nokia X that we tested (also the dual-SIM version) and matched the Apple iPhone 5s almost exactly. Eleven hours or so is a pretty good result, considering the price range.

Note that while one SIM card is in a call, the other shuts down so it shouldn’t harm the battery life and we’ve seen phones with 2,000mAh batteries do better.

Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE46:44h
  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus11:06h
  • HTC Desire X11:03h
  • Meizu MX311:02h
  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S411:01h
  • Apple iPhone 5s10:46h
  • Nokia XL10:45h
  • Apple iPhone 5c10:18h
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III10:15h
  • Samsung S7710 Galaxy Xcover 210:03h
  • Samsung Galaxy Express I873010:00h
  • Meizu MX 4-core10:00h
  • Pantech Burst4:46h
The web browsing time surprised us – the Nokia XL lasted 12 hours, which is among the best results we’ve seen. Other dual-SIM phones are near the top too, the Sony Xperia C and the HTC Desire 700 dual sim.

Part of Nokia’s plan for its entry level devices is to connect as many people as possible to the Internet and the Nokia XL will do an excellent job at it.

Web browsing

  • Sony Xperia C12:45h
  • Nokia Lumia 152012:40h
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact12:37h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim12:30h
  • Nokia XL11:54h
  • LG G211:22h
  • HTC One Max11:20h
  • Sony Xperia ZR11:20h
  • HTC Butterfly S11:07h
  • LG G2 mini11:02h
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus I92503:01h
Web browsing is typically the heavier load on a phone, but Nokia XL’s old chipset is fairly limited when it comes to video decoding. Video playback time was just over half the web browsing time.

We use an AVI/DivX video for the test and we guess a different container and codec combo might have drained the battery slower. The Nokia XL camera shoots 3GP videos so that may have been a bit better, but we can’t think of a video service that offers movies and TV shows in 3GP.

Video playback

  • LG G Flex19:57h
  • Motorola Moto G6:37h
  • Nokia Lumia 9006:37h
  • Meizu MX 4-core6:33h
  • Nokia Lumia 6206:32h
  • Nokia Lumia 6256:29h
  • Nokia XL6:28h
  • Sony Xperia E dual6:27h
  • HTC Windows Phone 8X6:27h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim6:26h
  • Nokia Lumia 8106:26h
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos S68026:25h
  • Nokia Lumia 7103:27h
The Nokia X had an uninspiring endurance rating of 38 hours, while the Nokia XL performed much better (especially on the web browser test) and scored a respectable 62 hour rating. Depending on usage, it will be 2-3 days between charges.
It’s not as good as you might expect from a feature phone (and the Nokia X family targets mostly people upgrading from an Asha), but it’s about what you can expect from an average smartphone. Nokia XL’s modest price tag makes these results all the more impressive. Check out our batter life table, containing all the devices we’ve tested so far.


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