Samsung: All-day battery life in phones coming this year

Ian Hardy

January 17, 2012 8:14 am


These days mobile phones, specifically smartphones, are incredibly powerful. They give us the ability to do things we thought we couldn’t a few years ago, such as surfing the web, playing graphic intensive video games and watching HD movies. The physical device has advanced so quickly that we now expect to see LTE-enabled handsets with large displays powered by quad-core processors. Certainly a promising future… but there’s one important aspect of the device that makes it all work that seems to be stagnating: the battery. We’ve all been there – rushing around to find an outlet to recharge, carrying a spare battery around just in case something happens, or even buying a case that has a huge battery pack installed in it. Having your battery drain on you before 11:00am is not a good thing. Samsung seems to have recognized this and promises a fix, at least an improvement, in 2012.

Apparently one of Samsung’s goals this year is to ensure the battery in your phone will last all day. Kevin Packingham, VP of product innovation at Samsung, stated in an interview during CES that “When you wake up to when you go to bed, we don’t want you feeling anxiety about your battery life”. There’s some perspective though, the group Packingham is referring to are those in the under average to moderately heavy uses – the power users will still need to pack extra batteries. The report stated that Samsung intends to enhance their manufacturing processes and also come out with bigger batteries, but will also improve how the device constantly searches for a Wi-Fi signal and connects to its LTE radio.

This is certainly good news… any sort of extra juice helps!

Source: Cnet
Via: PhoneArena

  • Dan

    Yes!!!!!!!

    • I forgot my meds

      iPhone already has this. Good job sumdung, better late than never.

  • Gus

    I have the galaxy nexus, and the battery life is absolutely horrible. If i wasnt around a charger for most of my day, this phone wouldnt even last 5 hours. That is pretty pathetic. I hope they release batteries or patches for the nexus, and this isnt just for their future smartphones. I thought my blackberry had bad battery life, but when i switched to this, oh my god, what a difference. Yeah, it’s one of the nicest phones out, but if you can’t use it for half the day, it’s useless

    • Mark

      You must have your screen on all day playing with the phone or HD gaming because I don’t experience that with my Galaxy Nexus. And check what apps you have syncing all day or running in the background. With 5 hours of heavy use I’ll still have 60% battery (Casual use probably 80%, and totally idle probably 97%).

      Little things like turning down the brightness, turning off/down sync, and watching out for apps that are not optimized with ICS can make a huge difference.

    • Mark

      Also Gus, I hear that the 4.0.2 and 4.0.3 updates result in better battery life. Those should be rolling out soon.

    • Strowg9

      @Gus You must have the LTE version? I’ve read reviews claiming the same… But the HSPA+ version is supposed to be great from a battery standpoint.

      I really think LTE isn’t a viable technology at this point until they rectify the battery drain issues that every phone seems to have with an LTE radio. Until then, I’m only considering HSPA+

    • Yeria

      If I keep my screen on all the time and play videos or games constantly, I see my phone warning me to charge the battery in about 3 hours or so, even if I start with a full charge.

      If I don’t do that and pay a little more attention to my usage – like turning off Wi-Fi when I don’t need it, or not turning the screen on unless I actually need to do something – I can easily last 8+ hours. If I don’t touch the phone at all and just leave it alone, I can easily get 16+ hours with it. I actually tested this unintentionally, as I got sick one weekend and was in bed the whole day. My GN was probably at 80 something % on the Saturday evening and it was at 40% when I checked it at 1 or 2PM the next day.

      I’m still running 4.0.1 too, so I’m expecting the battery to get better once I get the update.

    • furnace

      i have no clue what you are talking about because i heavily use my nexus and usually still have about 20-30% at the end of the day.

  • Jeeverz

    Samsung is not only dominating sales, they are really pushing innovation. Look at the OLED TV and this for example.

    Good for them! No one else seems to have been able to solve the battery issue. I completely gave up on Lithium ion. Cold Fusion powered cell phones? Lol

  • Justin

    I find my smartphone will last a day with careful use. But it’s very careful use. Let’s hope this pans out so we can use our phones without having to worry about the battery so much.

  • skinnypig

    My Samsung Focus’ battery lasts a day and then some. What battery anxiety are they talking about?

    • andy c

      My Sammy Focus also lasts 1.5 days

      my typical day is as follows

      2 hours of music playback
      wifi, gps, 3G always on
      push mail
      3 hours of web surfing

  • cnote

    Funny. I can get at least1.5 days out of my infuse with moderate use. Normally when I get home from work I still have 70%

  • cheenachatze

    No need to wait, Blackberries and iPhones already have this feature.

  • Anonymus

    @Cheenachatze iPhone battery sucks badly…

  • Trevor

    I can easily go through a whole day (18 hours) with my Galaxy Nexus without any thought of a near by charger. If I go screen on for 4 + hours I can drain it in 8 hours (not a regular day).

    All of the phones are getting better, should be a great year!

  • mikkey

    Dear RIM,
    Please take notes on what Samsung is doing with respect to the battery issue. Proceed accordingly. That is all.

  • Nic

    The Droid Razr Maxx has ridiculous battery life.

  • nick m

    BlackBerrys accomplish it through underpowered cpus and tiny displays. No thanks.

  • Kid.Canada

    @cheenachatze – exactly what I was thinking but in Android’s case its a whole new thing lol.

  • Ramy

    My Xperia Arc lasts for 2 days with Music playback, surfing the web, taking pictures and playing light games…with Mobile Bravia engine off though :)

  • Sub-Joker

    Samsung has already been producing phones with excellent battery life. My SGSII LTE lasts me all day with heavy use and i still charge it at night with around 40% battery life. If they focus more on that it would be even better.

  • Nick

    My Samsung Galaxy S Captivate lasted almost 3 days with CM9 on light usage and heavy usage I get around 22 hours. But with stock rom I get more hours.

  • tremSr

    On my Galaxy Nexus I’m getting 1 day, 15 hours, 51 minutes and 43s on a single charge…..with 29% still remaining.

    My Note…currently is on 10 hours, 47 minutes and 51 seconds with 63% remaining.

    No complaints!
    See that is the beauty of Android…you can always pick a custom kernel, flash a lite rom. There are options. As well as the ability to remove apps that are heavy on battery. I know you iphoners think you have it figured out, but I’m pretty sure there was enough of you crying for Apple to release an update for “improved battery life”.

    • blah

      @tremSr: “See that is the beauty of Android…you can always pick a custom kernel, flash a lite rom.”…??

      That’s backwards thinking. If you have to use a custom rom to get usable battery life, your product already failed. Apple has much better battery life by design, it just happens that the current OS has some bugs that they are working out. Android for the most part has poor battery life by design.

      I use a Samsung Focus but the only battery drain issues I’ve had were from Samsung’s terrible battery quality and having my battery fail on me. I got a new one and I’m back to easily 1+ day of pretty heavy use.

  • Nick

    As great as I think today’s phones are, I don’t understand the race to be so thin. Check out the Razer vs Razer Max – double the battery life and it doesn’t even get any thicker than the chin that was necessary for the camera. Double batteries don’t take up as much space as people think!

  • 1daybatterylife

    With my Samsung Galaxy S2, I get around 18 hours if I use it lots (Data constantly, wifi on occasion, screen on 4 hours).

    If I let it sit idle for most of the day, I get over 24 hours.

    My previous iPhone 4 was horrible. Could not last a day 8 hours.

  • Lemmy

    Maybe get a solar panel that you can attach to your head then you can plug your phone into that when you are outside.

  • General Zod

    I have my s2 on android 2.3.6.

    I can go for 3 or 4 days without charging sometimes. I’m a pretty light user though. I used for texting, checking email via the gmail app, not so much for actually talking. I do leave data/wifi/gps/bluetooth turned off unless its a service I need to use. So if I need to check my email I’ll turn on DATA to check it, then turn it back off. I think disabling those services really saves battery life. I also thing Virgin/Bell should update their android version for the s2. I had to use another version and the battery life increased quite a bit with the 2.3.4 and 2.3.5 updates.

    I don’t use the smartphone for my general webbrowsing. I still prefer to do it on full size screen on a PC.

    • Nick

      Yeah definitely… check out the graph of battery life with and without sync on in the applications-battery use option. You can see a change in slope and practise your high school math to see how much battery sync uses :P.

  • craig

    average 21-24 hours of moderate use on Galaxy Nexus, i usually make sure background programs aren’t running and bluetooth off …. the phone outperforms my expectations.

    what I did notice is that charging is ultra quick on the Nexus, as compared to the GS2….

    Craig

    • Chris C.

      I don’t think what you’re saying is true. My battery drains around 20% per hour when simply playing some normal graphic-unintensive games (sports/puzzle games, not MMORPGs that require constant connection) on the Nexus Prime and that’s even with screen turned to almost the lowest brightness possible. I also keep wi-fi/bt/gps all off but it still drains battery with ease.

      I have to keep the cable connected most of the time and the charging is not very fast either. The screen itself almost always take up 60% to 70% of battery consumption even when I have the phone in standby most of the time. This is simply ludicrous.

  • SunHammer

    My iPhone 4S lasts about 30 hours on a charge. Not as good as my BlackBerry Bold which lasts 40-50 hours on a charge, but both last enouugh for a day of moderate-heavy usage. (GPS amd Wifi off on both when not needed, screen 60% brightness)

  • Jer

    YES! After the announcement of the Razor MAXX, I was hoping Samsung would do something similar. Let’s hope it’s implemented on the Galaxy S3.

    Also please let the S3 be AWS compatible, I really want it to be on Mobi/Wind. Think that’ll happen?

  • Chris C.

    Contrary to most people, My battery drains around 20% per hour when simply playing some normal graphic-unintensive games (sports/puzzle games, not MMORPGs that require constant connection) on the Nexus Prime and that’s even with screen turned to almost the lowest brightness possible. I also keep wi-fi/bt/gps all off but it still drains battery with ease.

    I have to keep the cable connected most of the time and the charging is not very fast either (1% every 5 minutes or so). The screen itself almost always take up 60% to 70% of battery consumption even when I have the phone in standby most of the time. This is simply ludicrous.

    • Jeff

      Yeah you said that already Chris C, and maybe you should state what phone it is so people may care.

      I have a Galaxy Nexus GSM, On a normal day its more than adequate, however I don’t play games, but I do a lot of email and text. wifi/gps off, sync always on, screen dim, and the “no wallpaper” for low power use (its black).

      On a normal use day I am at 15% in about 15hrs. On a low use day like sat/sunday I tend to get about 36 hours, thats pretty much just standby for 24-30 of it.

  • Jesse

    lol, it’s sad that they’re touting “All-day battery” as a major step. My Samsung Focus had easily about 1.5-2 days of battery life with pretty heavy use, so I think it’s appropriate to point the finger at Android for battery problems.

  • mike

    bah hahahahahaha get a blackberry than, don’t waste your time

  • QuickSurfer

    @blah | January 17, 2012, 9:57 am
    the ability to flash custom software created by the community is easily one of the biggest advantages of the platform.

    As far as the issue at hand I can honestly say the Galaxy Nexus has out performed the SGS2 and HTC Desire Z I used previously. Using commensense management such as disabling wifi or bluetooth when they are not needed combined with screen brightness management I can get about 1.5 days on a full charge. 90% of my usage is texting/phone calls and browsing reddit.

  • Jamie

    Will this be a software or hardware change? I’ve got the Galaxy Nexus and I’m able to get through the day with moderate use with about 40% of my battery left.

  • saadi

    I am getting battery life of 1 day 6 hrs on my Galaxy S2x. But I only enable data when I am not able to connect to wifi and have installed a custom rom