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The current generation iPhone 5S features a 1500 mAh battery

Apple’s iPhone 6 will soon be upon us, and the parts for the device continue to leak to the internet. Earlier this week, we got a glimpse of the second generation Touch ID sensor, and today we’re getting a look at the uprated battery that will go into the next generation iPhone.
According to leaked parts obtained by, the 4.7” iPhone 6 will feature a 1810 mAh battery, still putting it well behind its Android competitors.
Given its relatively small size (4” screen with the iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S) and lack of room for larger batteries, Apple’s smartphones feature relatively small capacity batteries compared to the latest and greatest flagship smartphones. The iPhone 5S features a relatively small 1500 mAh battery. For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and LG G3 have larger frames, allowing for battery capacities of 2800 mAh, 2600 mAh, and 3,000 mAh respectively.
Even HTC’s 4.5” One mini 2 and Motorola’s 4.7” Moto X feature battery capacities of 2000 mAh and 2200 mAh respectively.


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Battery capacity doesn't matter
By kurahk7 on 7/17/2014 3:41:49 PM , Rating: 5
Battery capacity does not matter as much as actual battery life, iPhones have been able to deliver comparable battery life to that of Android phones.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By sigmatau on 7/17/2014 5:18:09 PM , Rating: 2
Battery capacity is always related to screen size more than anything else on a smartphone. The reason Apple has been able to get away with this before is because they had relatively small screens at 3.5" and 4". The number one complaint of these iPhones were the battery life.

Moving to a 4.7" screen will draw even more energy than the previous models. No other phone company used anything lower than 2000 mAh for this size phone. I expect the number one complaint for the iPhone 6 will remain the same with its battery.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By kmmatney on 7/17/2014 6:39:07 PM , Rating: 4
I never had any complaint about the iphone battery life (3GS and 4S). It was better than I get with my current huge LG Android phone, with a 3140 mAh battery.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By retrospooty on 7/17/2014 7:51:09 PM , Rating: 5

check the top three charts on this page. That pretty much sums it up

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By Zak on 7/18/2014 9:37:36 AM , Rating: 3
That makes sense my iPhone 5 drains battery significantly faster when I'm outside all day on cellular only. When I'm home during the week or at work on WiFi I can go two days without recharging. But yeah, the obsessions with thinness pisses me off. I'd gladly have a 2mm thicker iPhone and double the battery life. I have to carry a power pack if I know I'll be outside all day on weekends.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By retrospooty on 7/18/2014 10:16:49 AM , Rating: 3
" the obsessions with thinness pisses me off. I'd gladly have a 2mm thicker iPhone and double the battery life."

Yeah, I really liked the idea of the Droid Maxx series from Moto. Not the phones themselves, as they were just "ok" compared to the competition at the time, but the "Maxx" concept itself.

It would be great if more vendors would do that. - OK, here is our flagship product, and you can buy it in the normal thin version, or a thicker version with a fatty battery for extended life.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By Zak on 7/18/2014 10:50:20 AM , Rating: 2

By danbob999 on 7/18/2014 11:28:49 AM , Rating: 3
It doesn't count one of the most important factor: idle battery life. Large phone with big batteries tend to perform better in idle battery life because their SoC consume the same amount of juice as a smaller phone but their huge display is turned off. Screen on battery tests are only one part of the story and will always favor phones with smaller displays.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/18/2014 8:06:23 AM , Rating: 2
My battery last all day and then some. I am usually at 30+ percent by the time I go to bed.

By Cheesew1z69 on 7/18/2014 8:10:53 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, I forgot to mention that I have the LG G2.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By mmp121 on 7/18/2014 1:52:42 AM , Rating: 2
Assuming Apple keeps the power requirements for the phones guts the same, the ~20% increase in battery capacity most likely means the 'new' larger screen is driving the increase in capacity. Anyone else thinking 2K ish resolution?

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By ritualm on 7/18/2014 3:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
The rumors pin the new res at 1704 x 960, which is 1,635,840 pixels - far short of 2K. Also, 2K res simply doesn't make sense when it comes to battery life - whereas the LG G2 made nearly 11 hours on WiFi, G3 was shorter by two whole hours thanks in no small part to its 1440p display.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By EasyC on 7/17/2014 5:32:09 PM , Rating: 3
Up until the iPhone 5/5S, you mean.

I don't know a lot of iPhone 5/5S users that can make it through an entire day on moderate use without needing a charge. Meanwhile I haven't had an Android phone with that limitation since the EVO 4G days...

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By retrospooty on 7/17/2014 6:04:55 PM , Rating: 3
the iPhone 5c and 5s don't last anywhere near as long as today's Android flagships. That was true 2 years ago but not today

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By Omega215D on 7/18/2014 12:47:29 AM , Rating: 2
Even then I've had plenty of Android phones last an entire day with constant usage throughout. Once we come up on October of this year than 2 years ago would have seen the release of the Droid Razr MAXX HD and Droid Razr M, both of which had awesome run times. Well... the Droid Razr MAXX did come out earlier that same year.

Yes, admittedly optimized software also has a hand in giving good battery life. My HTC One M8 lasts for more than a day on 2600mAH and my old Razr M does it on 2000mAH despite the 4.3" AMOLED display.

By Omega215D on 7/18/2014 9:40:08 AM , Rating: 2
*then 2 years

ugh, i make more typos when posting from a smartphone...

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By Samus on 7/18/2014 5:35:58 AM , Rating: 3
One thing people seem to easily not realize (or ignore) is the iPhone charges in 1/3 the time of most flagship Android phones because the battery is around 40% the size. With a iPad 2A charger I can charge my iPhone 4S from 20% to 70% in <1 hour minutes (the iPhone is software limited to 1A/h charging rate, which means empty to full in 1.5 hours)

That's one of the most compelling features of the phone, in my opinion. That, and small batteries are lighter.

By retrospooty on 7/18/2014 8:11:56 AM , Rating: 5
I suppose that is a good thing, but I would think for most people it would be better to have a battery that lasts longer and makes it to the end of the day (of super heavy useage) so they could just charge it while they sleep. Charging fast is good in a pinch, but it's better to not be in a pinch.

By supertrekie on 7/18/2014 10:42:40 AM , Rating: 2
I suppose that depends on your definition of 'most' flagships...

Love the 2A charger that comes with my Note 3.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By ritualm on 7/18/2014 3:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
What matters to a lot of people on DT is their phones still have some power left by the end of the day with whatever they're doing with them. 1500mAh and a very power-efficient OS means nothing when I can't go through a 12-hour workday without needing to plug it in midday.

My S4 has a battery 2.8 times the size of stock, backed by a charger doing up to 1.75A. I can run everything for 8-9 hours straight, or 2-3 days when I don't have to. An iPhone will need to be plugged in by the 3rd or 4th hour with everything.

Also, while iPhones might be software limited to 1A charging, I have never ever encountered a single iPhone that fully charges from zero in 1.5 hours. It's not 1A from start to finish. A full charge is more like 2-3 hours.

RE: Battery capacity doesn't matter
By Omega215D on 7/18/2014 12:40:56 AM , Rating: 1
And they are also running a smaller display with limited background tasks going on when compared to the current crop Android phones.

So far quite a few people I know had their iPhone 5 and 5s die within the day. I got to see this for myself when I borrowed my brother's updated iPhone 5s while I let him use my HTC One M8.

It's also well known that previous iPhones aren't very good in the day to day longevity aspect as well.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/18/2014 10:00:09 AM , Rating: 3
iPhones have been able to deliver comparable battery life to that of Android phones.

Yes with a TINY screen.

The screen uses the most power on average of any component in a phone.

So what's going to happen to the iPhone's battery life if they use the same small battery, mated to a MUCH larger display?

Do the math.

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