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Sony Xperia X battery life

The Xperia Z brand was a mark of Methuselah-like battery life, but now fans are a little antsy – the Z-series is no more, the X-series replaces it. Has the battery gene carried over?

The Xperia X has definitely lost some capacity – the Z3 had 3,100mAh, the Z5 had 2,900mAh, the Xperia X has 2,620mAh. Even the Xperia Z5 had 2,700mAh, so it falls to a new chipset and newer components (the screen largely) to cut back on their power use and make up the difference.

Before we use up the battery, we have to charge it first. The Sony Xperia X supports fast charging, but you’ll have to bring your own. The one that comes in the box puts out only 1.5A, so a full charge will take quite a while. Also, Sony is yet to jump on the wireless charging train.

Okay, slow to get in, but are electrons slow to leave the battery?

Our Endurance rating for the Xperia X is 67 hours, a small decline compared to the 73 hour rating of the Xperia Z5. The smaller Z5 Compact did even better, but the X-series is yet to declare its Compact challenger.

The raw endurance rating doesn’t tell the whole story, though. The Xperia X improves on the talk time of the Z5 by a couple of hours. The 19 hour score puts it above the likes of the LG G5 and fan-favorite Z3 Compact (but not the newer Z5C).

Talk time

Gionee Marathon M5
38:07h


Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
32:54h


Xiaomi Redmi 3
32:53h


Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
31:40h


Oppo R7 Plus
30:46h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
30:29h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
29:46h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
29:46h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
29:46h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
29:46h


Huawei Honor 5X
29:40h


vivo V3Max
28:47h


Samsung Galaxy Note5
28:34h


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
28:25h


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
28:23h


Huawei G8
27:44h


Huawei Mate 8
26:45h


Samsung Galaxy S6 active
26:29h


Motorola Moto X Play
26:28h


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
26:01h


Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
25:12h


Samsung Galaxy A8
25:02h


Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
25:02h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
24:29h


Oppo R7s
24:03h


Xiaomi Mi 4s
23:25h


Motorola Moto X Force
23:22h


LG AKA
23:20h


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 Galaxy S7
22:57h


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


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)
22:32h


Motorola Moto X Style
22:23h


ZTE nubia Z9
22:20h


Lenovo ZUK Z1
22:13h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
22:02h


Oppo F1 Plus
21:07h


Xiaomi Mi 4i
21:02h


Meizu m2 note
20:55h


Huawei Nexus 6P
20:50h


HTC 10
20:42h


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
20:40h


Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
20:27h


Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
20:22h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
19:48h


ZTE nubia Z9 mini
19:08h


Sony Xperia X
19:05h


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
18:51h


Samsung Galaxy J7
18:37h


Xiaomi Mi 4c
18:31h


Microsoft Lumia 650
18:30h


Huawei P8lite ALE-L04
18:25h


Huawei P8lite
17:38h


LG G5
17:37h


LG G5 SE
17:37h


Lenovo K3 Note
17:13h


Sony Xperia Z5
17:13h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
17:09h


LG Nexus 5X
16:57h


vivo X5Pro
16:57h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
16:50h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
16:50h


LG V10
16:40h


Lenovo Vibe Shot
16:17h


Meizu m1 metal
16:02h


OnePlus X
15:57h


Apple iPhone 6s Plus
15:51h


Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
15:50h


Microsoft Lumia 435
15:50h


Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
15:47h


Acer Liquid X2
15:38h


Archos 50 Diamond
15:23h


ZTE Blade S6
15:01h


Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
14:53h


Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual
14:53h


Huawei P9
14:53h


Samsung Galaxy J2
14:51h


BlackBerry Priv
14:40h


Huawei Honor 7
14:33h


Xiaomi Mi Note
14:31h


Microsoft Lumia 532
14:24h


Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
14:24h


Acer Liquid Jade Primo
13:53h


Huawei Mate S
13:53h


Huawei P8
13:50h


Meizu MX5
13:15h


Sony Xperia C4 Dual
13:11h


Oppo F1
12:53h


Oppo R1x
12:33h


HTC One E9+
12:07h


BlackBerry Leap
12:05h


Apple iPhone SE
11:56h


Microsoft Lumia 550
11:40h


HTC One A9
11:12h


Sony Xperia E4g
11:07h


Apple iPhone 6s
9:41h


Microsoft Lumia 950
8:25h

The web browsing time appears to take a hit – 9 and a half a hours, a 5 hour deficit compared to the the Z5. A big part of this is a recent change in testing procedure – we now test phones with their screens set at 200 nits, but when we reviewed the Xperia Z5 we put the brightness slider at 50%. For the Z5 that means a lowly 90 nits, giving it perhaps an unfair advantage.

So, compare it instead against the Galaxy S7 (9:35h), Huawei P9 (9:15h), HTC 10 (9:08h) and LG G5 (7:35h). These have all been tested under the new procedure and it seems that in this respect the Xperia X does quite well.

Web browsing

Gionee Marathon M5
30:51h


Huawei Mate 8
17:05h


Samsung Galaxy S6 active
16:25h


Xiaomi Redmi 3
15:11h


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
15:05h


Sony Xperia Z5
14:35h


Huawei P8
13:32h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
13:32h


Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
13:26h


Apple iPhone SE
12:55h


Meizu PRO 5
12:51h


Xiaomi Mi 5
12:50h


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


Acer Liquid X2
12:39h


Apple iPhone 6s
12:27h


ZTE nubia Z9
12:18h


Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
12:18h


Samsung Galaxy A8
12:18h


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
11:55h


Motorola Moto X Play
11:52h


Apple iPhone 6s Plus
11:51h


Meizu m1 metal
11:33h


Sony Xperia E4g
11:32h


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
11:20h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
10:56h


Microsoft Lumia 532
10:52h


Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
10:52h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
10:50h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
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


vivo V3Max
10:31h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
10:25h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
10:23h


Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
10:23h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
10:23h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
10:14h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
10:14h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
10:14h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
10:14h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
10:12h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)
10:09h


Huawei Honor 5X
10:00h


Huawei G8
10:00h


Meizu m2 note
9:54h


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
9:52h


Huawei Mate S
9:43h


Sony Xperia X
9:34h


Xiaomi Mi 4c
9:32h


Xiaomi Mi 4s
9:30h


Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
9:30h


Motorola Moto X Force
9:29h


Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
9:29h


Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
9:22h


Microsoft Lumia 435
9:22h


Huawei P9
9:15h


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
9:10h


Oppo R1x
9:10h


HTC 10
9:08h


Samsung Galaxy J7
9:04h


Meizu MX5
9:03h


Samsung Galaxy J2
8:58h


Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
8:46h


Huawei P8lite ALE-L04
8:42h


Huawei Nexus 6P
8:35h


LG Nexus 5X
8:32h


Huawei P8lite
8:27h


Xiaomi Mi 4i
8:27h


LG V10
8:20h


BlackBerry Priv
8:20h


Oppo F1 Plus
8:17h


Lenovo Vibe Shot
8:11h


Oppo R7s
8:07h


HTC One E9+
8:05h


Microsoft Lumia 650
7:57h


Oppo F1
7:55h


Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
7:52h


ZTE nubia Z9 mini
7:44h


Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
7:43h


BlackBerry Leap
7:37h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
7:36h


LG G5
7:35h


LG G5 SE
7:35h


Acer Liquid Jade Primo
7:30h


Microsoft Lumia 950
7:29h


Oppo R7
7:22h


Archos 50 Diamond
7:20h


Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
7:15h


Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual
7:15h


Sony Xperia C4 Dual
7:05h


ZTE Blade S6
7:01h


Microsoft Lumia 550
6:55h


Motorola Moto X Style
6:49h


OnePlus X
6:32h


Yota YotaPhone 2
6:23h


Xiaomi Mi Note
6:19h


Lenovo K3 Note
5:56h


HTC One A9
5:22h

Finally, the web browser scores about the same as the video player. Against these same flagships, the Xperia X beats the P9 (8:46h) and HTC 10 (8:42h) but loses to the S7 (14:50h) and the G5 (10:21h).

Video playback

Gionee Marathon M5
26:24h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
20:08h


Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
18:36h


Oppo R7 Plus
18:04h


Samsung Galaxy S6 active
18:03h


Meizu PRO 5
18:02h


Xiaomi Redmi 3
17:50h


Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)
16:54h


Samsung Galaxy J7
16:22h


Motorola Moto X Force
15:07h


Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE
14:58h


Samsung Galaxy S7
14:50h


Apple iPhone SE
14:17h


Lenovo ZUK Z1
14:14h


Oppo R7s
14:05h


Apple iPhone 6s Plus
13:57h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
13:53h


Xiaomi Mi 5
13:52h


Samsung Galaxy Note5
13:51h


Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
13:08h


Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
13:04h


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


Acer Liquid Jade Primo
12:53h


Samsung Galaxy A8
12:45h


Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos
12:45h


Acer Liquid X2
12:42h


Huawei Mate 8
12:34h


Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
12:21h


Oppo F1 Plus
12:13h


Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
12:12h


Motorola Moto X Play
12:06h


LG AKA
11:54h


Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL
11:32h


Huawei Mate S
11:26h


Xiaomi Mi 4c
10:47h


Apple iPhone 6s
10:46h


vivo X5Pro
10:41h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
10:38h


Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
10:38h


LG G Flex2
10:35h


Samsung Galaxy J2
10:35h


Xiaomi Mi 4s
10:35h


LG G5 SE
10:21h


LG G5
10:21h


Huawei G8
10:20h


Xiaomi Mi 4i
10:11h


Huawei P8lite ALE-L04
10:00h


Huawei Nexus 6P
9:59h


Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos
9:58h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
9:57h


Sony Xperia X
9:56h


vivo V3Max
9:48h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
9:43h


Huawei Honor 7
9:43h


Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
9:43h


Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE
9:43h


Microsoft Lumia 950
9:40h


Oppo R7
9:33h


Huawei P8
9:25h


Huawei Honor 5X
9:16h


Oppo F1
9:14h


Motorola Moto X Style
9:14h


Meizu MX5
9:13h


Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
9:13h


Huawei P8lite
9:00h


BlackBerry Leap
8:59h


Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM
8:51h


Microsoft Lumia 532
8:51h


Huawei P9
8:46h


HTC 10
8:42h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
8:40h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
8:40h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
8:40h


Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
8:40h


Asus Zenfone 2 Deluxe ZE551ML
8:34h


HTC One A9
8:33h


Microsoft Lumia 435 Dual SIM
8:27h


Archos 50 Diamond
8:24h


Meizu m1 metal
8:11h


ZTE Blade S6
8:00h


Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Dual
7:58h


Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
7:58h


Sony Xperia Z5
7:53h


Yota YotaPhone 2
7:41h


LG V10
7:30h


Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
7:24h


Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
7:14h


ZTE nubia Z9
7:11h


Microsoft Lumia 650
7:09h


ZTE nubia Z9 mini
7:02h


HTC One E9+
7:00h


OnePlus X
6:55h


Lenovo K3 Note
6:55h


Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
6:37h


BlackBerry Priv
6:33h


Meizu m2 note
6:27h


LG Nexus 5X
6:25h


Sony Xperia E4g
6:00h


Lenovo Vibe Shot
5:40h


Sony Xperia C4 Dual
5:39h


Microsoft Lumia 550
5:05h

With battery life comparable to some of the best Android flagships that launched in the last few months, I think it’s safe to say Sony did a great job with the Xperia X. It even improved on the respectable Z5 battery life.