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Chart Topper: The Gionee Marathon M5 battery life test is in

Gionee Marathon M5 is one truly fascinating device. This chubby fella is heavy at 211g for a reason – the 5.5″ smartphone is powered by a massive Li-Po 6,020 mAh. The mid-range chipset in charge of the Marathon M5 isn’t popular as a power efficient silicone, but considering the battery size and the modest quad-core processor, it shouldn’t matter that much.

The M5 utilizes a 5.5″ AMOLED screen, which may affect the power performance, too, as the AMOLEDs turned out not that great performance on previous Gionee smartphones.

Enough with the introductions, let’s get down to business, shall we?

Gionee has rated the M5 capable of making 68 hours of 2G calls and 28 hours when hooked on to a 3G network. In our testing the M5 lasted 38 hours worth of calltime on a 3G network.

Talk time

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
46:44h


Gionee Marathon M5
38:07h


Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
33:20h


Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
33:19h


Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
32:54h


Xiaomi Redmi 3
32:53h


Oppo R7 Plus
30:46h


OnePlus 2
30:29h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
30:29h


Motorola DROID Turbo
30:09h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
29:46h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
29:46h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
29:46h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
29:46h


Huawei Honor 5X
29:40h


HTC One (M8) for Windows
28:34h


Samsung Galaxy Note5
28:34h


Nokia Lumia 1520
28:34h


Samsung Galaxy Note 4
28:31h


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
28:25h


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
28:23h


Huawei G8
27:44h


Samsung Galaxy S5
27:37h


Sony Xperia Z1
26:53h


Huawei Mate 8
26:45h


Samsung Galaxy S6 active
26:29h


Motorola Moto X Play
26:28h


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
26:01h


Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
25:45h


LG G3
25:38h


LG G Pro 2
25:37h


LG G Flex
25:19h


Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
25:16h


LG G2
25:15h


Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
25:12h


Huawei Ascend Mate
25:12h


BlackBerry Passport
25:12h


Samsung Galaxy A7
25:12h


Motorola Nexus 6
25:03h


Alcatel Hero
25:02h


Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
25:02h


Samsung Galaxy A8
25:02h


Oppo N1
25:01h


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
24:52h


Sony Xperia Z Ultra
24:23h


Oppo R7s
24:03h


Apple iPhone 6 Plus
23:49h


LG AKA
23:20h


Sony Xperia Z3
23:13h


Meizu PRO 5
23:10h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
23:09h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
23:09h


Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
23:09h


Oppo R7
22:58h


Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
22:42h


Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
22:36h


Motorola Moto X Style
22:23h


ZTE Nubia Z9
22:20h


Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue
22:16h


HTC One Max
22:13h


Sony Xperia Z2
22:13h


Nokia Lumia 1020
22:13h


Nokia Lumia 1320
22:13h


Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
22:13h


Lenovo ZUK Z1
22:13h


Sony Xperia C3 Dual
22:11h


Meizu MX4 Pro
22:09h


Yota YotaPhone 2
22:09h


Samsung ATIV SE
22:05h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
22:02h


Xiaomi Redmi Note
21:41h


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
21:39h


Motorola RAZR MAXX
21:18h


Xiaomi Mi 4i
21:02h


Meizu m2 note
20:55h


Huawei Nexus 6P
20:50h


LG Optimus G Pro E985
20:45h


HTC One M9
20:44h


Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
20:42h


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
20:40h


Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
20:27h


Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
20:24h


Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
20:22h


Motorola RAZR i XT890
20:07h


Huawei Ascend Mate7
20:06h


Samsung Galaxy A3 Duos
20:04h


Samsung Galaxy E7
20:04h


Samsung Galaxy A3
20:04h


Oppo Find 7
20:03h


Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
20:01h


BlackBerry Q10
20:00h


OnePlus One
19:56h


Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
19:55h


Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200
19:54h


Sony Xperia SP
19:49h


Samsung Galaxy S6
19:48h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
19:48h


Sony Xperia T3
19:48h


HTC Butterfly 2
19:23h


HTC Butterfly S
19:14h

We ran our web browsing script on the Gionee Marathon M5, which mimics normal browsing with a few web pages saved on our servers. The M5 managed to run the script for few minutes short of 31 hours – a really impressive score. Then again – the M5 packs a massive battery and modest specs, so it isnt that surprising, and, in fact, it could have been better.

Web browsing

Gionee Marathon M5
30:51h


Huawei Mate 8
17:05h


Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
16:41h


Sony Xperia E4
16:40h


Samsung Galaxy S6 active
16:25h


Xiaomi Redmi 3
15:11h


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
15:05h


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
14:52h


Sony Xperia Z5
14:35h


Meizu MX4
14:06h


Huawei Ascend Mate7
13:53h


Huawei P8
13:32h


Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
13:26h


Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
13:14h


HTC Butterfly 2
13:11h


Meizu m1 note
13:05h


Huawei Honor 6
12:59h


Meizu PRO 5
12:51h


Sony Xperia C
12:45h


Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
12:42h


Nokia Lumia 1520
12:40h


Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
12:37h


HTC One (M8) for Windows
12:31h


HTC Desire 700 dual sim
12:30h


HTC One (M8)
12:29h


Apple iPhone 6s
12:27h


ZTE Nubia Z9
12:18h


Samsung Galaxy A8
12:18h


Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
12:18h


Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
12:17h


Sony Xperia Z3
12:03h


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
11:55h


Nokia XL
11:54h


Motorola Moto X Play
11:52h


Apple iPhone 6s Plus
11:51h


Sony Xperia Z3+
11:51h


HTC Desire 816
11:48h


Sony Xperia C3 Dual
11:47h


LG G2
11:42h


Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos
11:36h


Samsung Galaxy A5
11:36h


Meizu m1 metal
11:33h


Sony Xperia Z2
11:32h


Sony Xperia E4g
11:32h


Motorola DROID Turbo
11:31h


Sony Xperia E1
11:30h


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
11:20h


HTC One Max
11:20h


Sony Xperia ZR
11:20h


HTC Butterfly S
11:07h


Asus PadFone X
11:07h


LG G2 mini
11:02h


Samsung Galaxy Note 4
11:01h


Nokia Lumia 1320
10:58h


Samsung Galaxy S6
10:56h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
10:56h


HTC Desire 510
10:53h


Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
10:52h


Motorola Moto G 4G
10:52h


Microsoft Lumia 532
10:52h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
10:50h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
10:50h


Lenovo ZUK Z1
10:46h


Samsung Galaxy Note5
10:43h


Oppo R7 Plus
10:39h


Huawei Honor 7
10:38h


LG AKA
10:38h


Nokia Lumia 830
10:36h


Apple iPhone 6
10:29h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
10:25h


Meizu MX4 Pro
10:24h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
10:23h


Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
10:23h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
10:23h


Nokia Lumia 630
10:18h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
10:14h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
10:14h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
10:14h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
10:14h


BlackBerry Passport
10:12h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
10:12h


BlackBerry Q5
10:04h


HTC Desire Eye
10:02h


HTC One (E8)
10:02h


Huawei Honor 5X
10:00h


Nokia Lumia 635
10:00h


Huawei G8
10:00h


Apple iPhone 5s
9:58h


HTC One
9:58h


Apple iPhone 5
9:56h


Meizu m2 note
9:54h


Samsung Ativ Odyssey I930
9:54h


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
9:52h


Sony Xperia M2
9:48h


Sony Xperia E3
9:48h


Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
9:47h


OnePlus One
9:46h


Huawei Mate S
9:43h


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
9:43h


Alcatel Hero
9:40h

Finally, the video playback test should tell you how long the M5 will last you when watching your favorite TV show on it. The M5 has enough juice to go north of 26 hours at video playback before hitting our critical 10% battery threshold. Now that’s impressive!

Video playback

Gionee Marathon M5
26:24h


LG G Flex
19:57h


Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
18:36h


Oppo R7 Plus
18:04h


Samsung Galaxy S6 active
18:03h


Meizu PRO 5
18:02h


Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G
18:01h


Samsung Galaxy Note 4
17:52h


Xiaomi Redmi 3
17:50h


Motorola RAZR MAXX
16:35h


Samsung Galaxy J7
16:22h


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
15:03h


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
14:58h


Samsung Galaxy E7
14:57h


Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
14:17h


Lenovo ZUK Z1
14:14h


Oppo R7s
14:05h


Huawei Ascend Mate7
14:04h


Apple iPhone 6s Plus
13:57h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
13:53h


Samsung Galaxy Note5
13:51h


Motorola DROID Turbo
13:41h


Samsung Galaxy Note 3
13:32h


Nokia Lumia 1020
13:12h


Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
13:12h


Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
13:12h


HTC One Max
13:11h


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
13:08h


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
13:04h


Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)
13:04h


Sony Xperia C
12:53h


Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260
12:51h


Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
12:51h


Huawei Honor 6
12:51h


Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
12:45h


Samsung Galaxy A8
12:45h


Meizu MX4 Pro
12:41h


Huawei Mate 8
12:34h


Nokia Lumia 1520
12:31h


Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
12:30h


BlackBerry Q5
12:28h


Sony Xperia C3 Dual
12:22h


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
12:21h


Huawei Ascend Mate
12:18h


Sony Xperia Z2
12:16h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
12:12h


Samsung Galaxy S6
12:12h


Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE
12:10h


Motorola Moto X Play
12:06h


LG AKA
11:54h


Sony Xperia Z3
11:47h


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
11:38h


Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7
11:37h


Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
11:32h


Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4
11:29h


Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100
11:27h


Huawei Mate S
11:26h


OnePlus One
11:23h


HTC One (E8)
11:16h


BlackBerry Q10
11:15h


HTC One (M8) for Windows
11:15h


Apple iPhone 6 Plus
11:15h


Samsung Galaxy S5
11:15h


Oppo N1
11:15h


Meizu m1 note
11:09h


Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
11:02h


Asus PadFone X
11:01h


Xiaomi Mi 4c
10:47h


BlackBerry Passport
10:46h


Apple iPhone 6s
10:46h


vivo X5Max
10:44h


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
10:41h


vivo X5Pro
10:41h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
10:38h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
10:38h


HTC Desire Eye
10:35h


LG G Flex2
10:35h


Samsung Galaxy J2
10:35h


HTC Desire 816
10:34h


Apple iPhone 5s
10:31h


HTC Butterfly 2
10:26h


LG G2 mini
10:23h


Nokia Lumia 735
10:20h


Huawei G8
10:20h


Apple iPhone 5
10:12h


Xiaomi Mi 4i
10:11h


HTC One (M8)
10:11h


Samsung Galaxy K zoom
10:08h


Samsung ATIV SE
10:07h


Sony Xperia M2
10:04h


HTC First
10:03h


HTC One
10:02h


Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
10:01h


Motorola Nexus 6
10:01h


Motorola Moto X
10:01h


Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus
10:00h


Nokia Lumia 635
10:00h


Nokia Lumia 630
10:00h


Samsung Galaxy Express I8730
10:00h


Huawei P8lite ALE-L04
10:00h

Our final endurance score factors in standby battery performance as well. When using only one SIM card on the M5, it can stay on standby for more than 15 days. Opting for a second SIM card will reduce the standby performance by a day – down to 14 days.

So, Gionee Marathon M5 scored a 148h overall endurance rating with one SIM and 144 h with two SIM cards, which means you can count on the battery to last 6 days on both occasions if you do an hour each of calling, web browsing and video playback a day.

Such usage pattern is of course entirely artificial, but we’ve established it, so our battery results are comparable across devices. You can input a usage pattern of your own over at our full battery test score table, where you can also compare it to all of the smartphones we’ve tested.

Our battery testing procedure procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.

In 2016, we’re transitioning to using a fixed 200nit screen brightness for our battery tests instead of merely positioning the brightness slider at 50% which worked out to a relatively random brightness level.

The level of 200nits, which we’ve chosen for our tests, has become somewhat of an industry standard. But more importantly, it’s both the median and average value of the (relatively random) brightness levels at which we’ve tested all reviewed devices so far. This means our older battery life results will remain equally relevant and comparable as before.