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The Smartphone Brands Battle It Out!

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

By Xavier Frere

27th October 2020

At ViserMark, we are on a roll creating ViserMark Labels showing exactly what you need to know about battery life and how you can make an informed decision when buying a Smartphone based on the performance score tested and verified by SmartViser.

What to look for in a Smartphone Battle?

The next battleground for Smartphones brands like Xiaomi, Wiko, Huawei, Oppo, Realme is expected to be about their best flagships. Who can deliver a premium device with exceptional performance and battery life challenging the established brands in this segment? Samsung and Motorola have already been showing off their flagship Smartphones dominating the best of listings since the beginning of the year.

So how can you decide if a Smartphone Pro is better than a Smartphone Plus? Here’s your guide to our longest lasting Smartphones of 2020 so far – Let the Smartphone Battles commence!

Indeed a vast majority of Smartphone brands are now identifying their best flagship with naming conventions, using new naming terms like Pro. Other Smartphone brands like Samsung have chosen alternatives such as Plus (+) or Ultra. Despite the current trend in naming terms, Sony shows no sign of adding these to the Xperia series but is integrating a Pro element into the camera applications.

Basically, you would have thought that the Smartphone battles would lead to clear victors, but this is simply not the case as so many Smartphones contenders are stepping up to the mark with some surprising performance scores.

Smartphone brands can be persuasive when informing users why the next Smartphone is so much better than the first one – how many times have you seen "look no further than…" Also, it is pretty easy to find a great Smartphone, but are they always a good choice for specific requirements, especially if you are a business user?

Indeed, a business professional needs a powerful, fast, reliable Smartphone, able to take excellent pictures and handle full days of intensive usage. When it comes to battery life, Smartphones should support business professional in their fast-paced daily life. With high-performance scores and being rated as a dependable performer, for business professionals with high expectations they will not be disappointed with the array of Smartphone available.

Who are the key Smartphone Players?

So when looking for the next Smartphone, will an end-user be looking for something different, have a specific feature or even want to gain a better user experience?

Here is our selection of battery life performance Smartphone reviews completed so far in 2020:

  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

  • Oppo Find X2 Pro

  • Realme X50 Pro

  • Oneplus 8 Pro

  • Samsung S20+ (Qualcomm version)

  • Samsung S20 Ultra (Exynos version)

  • Sony Xperia 1 Mark2

  • Motorola Edge

  • Google Pixel 4 xl

  • Huawei P40 Pro

Commencing the Smartphone battle, ViserMark has assembled a selection of the highest premium Smartphones from market leaders as well as bringing some of some flagship killers (Realme) and flagship challenger (Motorola) to the battle scene.

In our personal and professional life, Smartphones have become powerful and can make our lives so much more stress-free – well sometimes! So you would expect your Smartphone to give battery life performance exceeding one day of usage. With 2 days battery life available, you will know in advance what to expect, and make a real decision to buy on this particular selling point the Smartphone or not.

Have you ever had one of those days, where everything seems a little more intensive than usual, perhaps you have been travelling or just out and about? Then you take your Smartphone out to catch up with work or life and your battery life is so low. When collating our battle scene of Smartphones, most will have enough battery life for 2 or 3 days, removing somewhat stressful situations.

Since everyone knows that SmartViser test and verify our Smartphone Battery Performance reviews, using testing protocols and a strict testing environment, we thought we would offer you something a little different. So let’s find out!

Forgetting the ViserMark Label (only this once), our SmartViser technology experts have brought some of their own options, comments and views while preparing the list of Smartphones for the battle. It’s clear that each Smartphone has developed its very own personality and they all have at least one quality that could make the difference to an average end-user while looking for a new Smartphone:

  • Pixel 4 Xl: perfect daily mate, compact, easy to use

  • Motorola Edge: Wow effect with its edge screen

  • Xperia1 Mark2: original, interesting cinema wide format

  • Samsung S20 Ultra: your laptop into a smartphone

  • Samsung S20+: perfect display in a sleek body

  • Oneplus 8 Pro: perfectly crafted with a sense of details

  • Realme X50 Pro: simple and efficient

  • Oppo Find X2 Pro: stunning screen & handling feeling with Ceramic or Vegan leather body

  • Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: the bodyguard, no fear I’m here

  • Huawei P40 Pro: very close feeling from Mi 10 Pro, don’t worry I will follow you everywhere every time.

SmartViser Best Smartphone Battles 2020

So, what about battery life, how many of those Smartphones can deliver 2 days of usage based on one single charge? As 2020 shortly draws to an end, Smartphone flagships are now integrating some even higher refresh rates. We are delighted to have tested and verified those Smartphones in several testing configurations and have collated the results into an average overall ranking.

Take a look at the outcome of Battery Life and Performance Score for Battle Smartphones.

The Smartphone final rankings can be seen below:

The Results are In!

As you can see from the graph above only 2 Smartphones achieve a score higher than 200, meaning that only Huawei P40 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro are ranked having a ViserMark of 2 days. Even if other Smartphones were not quite up to the 2 days of usage requirement they all ranked with 1.5 days. Interestingly, during our Pro battle analysis, we discovered two positive surprises and two negative ones that will be a key influencer especially if you are considering buying a Samsung device from the S20 range. Spoiler alert, the Chipset type:

  • Samsung S20+ is on the podium almost reaching two days thanks to the snapdragon power efficiency.

  • Lightweight Pixel 4 XL stays in the competition with flagships from a battery life standpoint

On the other end:

  • Samsung S20 Ultra powered with Exynos struggles to offer acceptable battery life although integrating 5000 mAh battery. But its Exynos chipset has to power a wide 6.9’’ screen

  • Sony Xperia 1 (Mark 2) hardly achieves 1.5 days and has the lowest score in our battle. Battery capacity and overall efficiency are lower than the competition. We also have noticed during our testing that Sony is reaching slightly higher temperatures during intensive usage sessions.

And the Winner is?

The Smartphone with the longest life is the Huawei P40 Pro. It’s the winner of ViserMark battery life performance Smartphone reviews so far in 2020 in the pro/flagship segment. With its great capability to operate more than 2 days on a single charge, which is quite impressive for a Pro device. The Xiaomi M10 Pro achieves almost the same performance falling short of only 6 points in the score. (Huawei P40 Pro achieved 211 and Xiaomi MP10 achieved 205) . Both Huawei P40 Pro and Xiaomi M10 will fully satisfy end users who are looking for a premium device without compromising the Smartphone battery life.

With the exception of the Huawei P40 Pro and Xiaomi M10 Pro, all the other Smartphones were good battle contenders, by comfortably achieving 1.5 Days of battery life. Samsung S20 Ultra and Sony Xperia 1 (Mark 2) only just reached 1.5 Days meaning you may need to keep an eye on the battery life especially on days that you are looking.

Final Words :

These tips will explain how to manage battery life, so keep reading to learn more about to power a mobile phone for longer - 10 Tips For Saving Your Mobile Phone Battery Life

P.S See all the latest ViserMark Smartphone Reviews

Photo by Photo by Jacob Morch on Unsplash


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