A decent battery is the root of any smartphone worth its salt. It ensures that you can get the most out of your phone during any point of the day, without worrying about battery drain. More importantly, it dictates whether or not you can listen to tunes on your device on your way home after a long day at work.
Quite a few phones that go all out with their features forget to back it up with a sizeable battery. But, there are still a number options in the market that fall within the mid-range or budget segment.
Keep in mind that battery size alone isn’t the determining factor for a smartphone’s battery life. The phone’s chipset and a consumer’s usage pattern also play a major role.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
Display: 6.26-inch full-HD+ notched display | Protection: 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 6 | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 1.95GHz octa-core SoC + Adreno 512 GPU | RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Rear camera: 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Battery: 5000mAh
Stock Android UI/UX
Massive battery life
No fast charging
Unimpressive low-light camera
The successor to the popular Max Pro M1, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 is a great all-round performer. It runs stock Android and has only 3 pre-loaded apps- Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. The Snapdragon 660 is paired with an Adreno 512 GPU; the pair can handle most tasks and heavy games with minimal glitching.
The battery life is great, but the lack of fast charging means that the device takes nearly 3 hours to charge fully. A full battery will last about 9-10 hours of heavy usage and multitasking, so it will last the ordinary user over 24 hours.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Display: 6-inch full HD | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC | RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Rear camera: 13MP/16MP + 5MP | Front camera: 8MP/16MP | Battery: 5000mAh
Runs stock Android
Bit too wide
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 doesn’t scream flashy. Despite the below-average camera performance, few phones offer all the features that it does at such a low price. The best part is, you don’t run out of battery even after gaming all night. The 5000mAh battery lasts for the longest time and doesn’t take too long to recharge either, despite no fast charging.
If you’re willing to compromise on camera, it’s hard to look past this one.
OnePlus 7 Pro
OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: QHD+ | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB/8GB/12GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP | Waterproof: No official rating | Headphone jack: No
Camera not groundbreaking
No wireless charging
A bit big
OnePlus 7 Pro was one of the most anticipated handsets of the year. The first Pro model from the company, OnePlus says the phone is optimized to a point that it exceeded their own expectations for a high-end flagship.
The OnePlus 7 Pro gets a bump in the battery department with a 4000mAh cell. It’s good enough to get you through a full day of normal use. On a regular day, where you don’t play games or shoot videos, it will last more than a day. But the real news is the Warp Charge 30 charger: Warp Charge is the fastest charging tech right now, hitting over 50% after 20 minutes of charging.
Read the full review: OnePlus 7 Pro review
Samsung Galaxy M20
The new kid on the (battery) block
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience v 9.5 UX | Processor: Exynos 7904 octa-core SoC with 3GB/4GB RAM | Storage: 32GB/64GB, expandable up to 512GB | Battery: 5000mAh
Battery lasts 12+ hours
Adaptive fast-charging support
In-box 15W fast charging cable
Still uses an older version of Android
No 5GHz Wi-Fi support
Having a big battery has slowly become a parameter for budget smartphone excellence, and it looks like Samsung has finally jumped on the bandwagon. The Galaxy M20 packs a whopping 5000mAh battery. You get more than 12 hours of battery life on each charge after a busy day, and even 24 hours if used judiciously.
The Galaxy M20 supports Samsung’s adaptive fast charging via USB Type-C and also brings along a 15W fast charger in the box.
You can read our full Samsung Galaxy M20 review here
Mi Max 2
A huge phablet at a reasonable price
Weight: 211g | Dimensions: 174.1 x 88.7 x 7.6mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 6.44-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
Amazing battery life
Supports QuickCharge 3.0
Mediocre front camera
Runs Android Nougat out of the box
After receiving a warm response for the existing Redmi phones in India, Xiaomi introduced its plus-sized Mi Max 2, which has a massive 5300mAh battery. As per the company’s claim, the battery offers 18 hours of video playback, 57 hours of talk time and over 31 days of standby. Not only is the battery large, but the phone also has a huge 6.44-inch full HD display, which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.
Along with its mammoth battery and display, the smartphone offers decent support for day-to-day tasks. In fact, it can be a great smartphone for multimedia enthusiasts with features like the dual speakers. It comes packed in an attractive metal unibody shell, which adds to its premium feel.
So, if you are in the market for a phone with big battery and display, the Mi Max 2 can be a good choice.
Read the full review: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 review
Gionee M7 Power
Weight: 199g | Dimensions: 156.3 x 75.6 x 8.6 mm | OS: Android 7.1 Nougat | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 720 | CPU: Snapdragon 435 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP
Great battery backup
Hybrid dual SIM
Launched in September 2017, the Gionee M7 Power sports a 6-inch full HD+ FullView IPS display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The screen is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 3 on the top. The highlight of the phone is its 5000mAh battery, which offers tons of power.
It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 435 chipset, coupled with 4GB of RAM. The 64GB internal storage is expandable to up to 256GB.
The phone is available on Amazon in Black and Gold colours.
Redmi Note 7 Pro
OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 | Processor: Snapdragon 675 octa-core SoC with 4GB/6GB RAM | Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ LTPS in-cell display with dot notch | Rear Camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Battery: 4000mAh
Screen size may not suit everyone
The Redmi Note 7 Pro just released, and will go on sale on March 13. Its 4000mAh battery will last you all day and then some. It even has QuickCharge 4.0 support, although no wireless charging.
The camera performs well, the SoC boosts efficiency and the option for expandable storage make life a lot easier. Under the hood is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core chipset, and an Adreno 612 GPU. There are two storage variants- the 4GB/64GB variant is priced at Rs 13,999, while the 6GB/128GB version is priced at Rs 16,999.
Redmi Note 7
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC + Adreno 512 GPU | OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 | RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Battery: 4000mAh
Supports QuickCharge 4.0
48MP main camera
18W fast charger sold separately
The Redmi Note 7 is the younger fraternal twin of the Note 7 Pro, and it looks like it too. It boasts of the cheapest 48MP camera in the Indian market- it starts at Rs 9,999 for the base 3GB/32GB storage variant. Like its better-looking brother, it will go on sale on March 13 at Mi Home stores, mi.com, Flipkart and Mi Partner stores.
Budget phone with extra battery
Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 154.4 x 72.2 x 9mm | OS: Android 8.0 Oreo | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 720 | CPU: Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Reportedly no software updates
It may be the cheapest of the range, but the Moto E5 still packs a sizeable 5.7-inch display with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, microSD slot and a rear facing fingerprint scanner.
More to the point, there’s a big 4,000mAh battery, along with a stock Android 8.0 Oreo UI, a headphone jack and a 5MP front-facing camera. Not bad for the price, but it’s definitely not without compromise.
Read the full review: Moto E5