In recent years, the rankings of smartphones with the best endurance have been dominated by “Pro Max” models of the iPhone. But the competition has not said its last word, as evidenced by the various autonomy tests pitting the Samsung phone against the Apple phone.
Three races and two marathons
In 2022, we highlighted the disappointing autonomy of the Galaxy S22 Ultra and its Exynos chip. Samsung seems to have heard the critics by integrating the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip this year into its Galaxy S23 Ultra which works wonders. Here we will focus on three tests that compare the autonomy of the S23 Ultra and the iPhone 14 Pro Max: those of the PhoneBuff YouTube channel, the DXOMARK channel and the autonomy of our own 01Lab. But first, let’s take stock of the forces involved.
We start with a PhoneBuff comparison that puts the two devices through a series of tests by launching different apps to perform different tasks to see how the battery drains at each stage. As you can see, the two smartphones are neck and neck throughout the test, but the Galaxy S23 Ultra ends up with 6% battery remaining, in the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The first test indicates that the iPhone 14 Pro Max manages the last battery percentages better than its competitor today. The result is confirmed by a second autonomy test, which however offers very different results. This one is from DXOMARK. The French laboratory, known for its photography-related tests, measures the stamina of smartphones.
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According to their testing procedures, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has an endurance score of 142, compared to “only” 133 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Samsung comes in at number six Ranking of smartphones with the best autonomyApple is now 22nd. Still according to DXO, the S23 has excellent video autonomy. On the other hand, the rapid drop in battery level from 5% is indicated, confirming what we noticed in the PhoneBuff video.
Let’s end this duel of autonomy with the tests that we carried out in our laboratory 01. As we explained in detail in our test of the Galaxy S23 Ultra, Samsung and Qualcomm, we are doing a tremendous job to offer an autonomy worthy of the name of the latest “flagship” of the Korean brand.
But despite its strength, the S23 Ultra remains behind the iPhone 14 Pro Max, according to 01Lab’s results. The standardized tests that we use systematically on all smartphones make it possible to highlight autonomy in the context of general purpose use and autonomy in video. In either case, the Apple smartphone retains a comfortable front.
With two out of three tests giving the iPhone 14 Pro Max the edge, it thus remains the endurance champion, even if the Galaxy S23 Ultra doesn’t have to be ashamed of its performance.
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On the other hand, the charging time remains in favor of the S23 Ultra, which goes from 0 to 100% battery in 1 hour 05, against 1 hour 40 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which, however, has a smaller battery. Either way, neither brand provides a charger in the box.
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