The Best Battery Smartphones of 2022
Lithium polymer batteries usually are some of the most expensive components in most products. However, the expensive smartphones buck this trend, and therefore we ironically see the budget smartphone segment sporting the biggest battery capacities.
This year, the trend continued, with most of our nominees coming from the more modestly priced end of the smartphone spectrum. What's more interesting is the trickling down of AMOLED displays, decent cameras, and capable hardware to go along with the massive batteries typical of such phones.
And Here Are the Winners...
Gold Award: Samsung M33 5G
The Samsung M33 takes the win here owing to its mighty 6000mAh battery and the combination of hardware and software. The massive battery coupled with efficient power management enable it to deliver an all-day battery backup. The OneUI optimizations enable it to eke out all the battery juice efficiently. It also helps that the phone has a good selfie camera that nails skin tones. The well-rounded nature of the device and 5G support helps it attain the top spot.
Silver Award: Tecno Pova 3
The Tecno Pova 3 can even give a power bank a run for its money with its insane 7000mAh battery. Even the batteries of two iPhone 14s combined won't be able to challenge its behemoth battery capacity. The power bank killer can reverse charge at 10 watts along with a 33-watt fast charging support. It's a great device for content consumption too, as it flaunts a large 6.9-inch LCD with 90Hz refresh rate and stereo speakers. It's a power-packed device and deservedly wins the silver badge.
Bronze Award: Motorola Moto G72
Don't discount the Moto G72 merely because of its smaller 5000mAh battery compared to the other winners. Optimization is the key to a great battery life, and the Moto G72 achieves it owing to its efficient battery management and a nearly stock Android OS. The 6nm Helio G99 chipset and the P-OLED display enhances its battery life further. The Moto G72 not only wins the bronze award but also showcases the company's experience in making smartphones.
Meet Our Nominees
Samsung M33 5G
The Samsung M33 is a standout candidate for the best battery award partly owing to its impressive 6,000mAh battery and efficient hardware and software design. With this large battery, the M33 is able to deliver all-day battery life and can handle heavy usage without requiring frequent recharging. What's more, the many OneUI optimizations further extend its battery life. It also helps that the phone has a great front camera sensor that nails skin tones
Tecno Pova 3
Not even the combined battery capacities of two iPhone 14 Pro can rival that of the Tecno Pova 3. That's hardly surprising when its 7000 mAh battery is more comparable to a power bank than a smartphone. What's even more surprising is its modest price, while also delivering 33-watt fast charging capability. In fact, the bit about the phone being a power bank isn't a hyperbole either. It actually supports reverse charging at a rate of 10 watts.
A battery capacity of 5000 mAh doesn't sound exactly impressive considering the rest of the nominees in this segment. However, the very point of a large battery is to extend the endurance of your smartphone. The Motorola G72 achieves this objective with an impressive 8.5hrs+ screen on time thanks to a highly optimized Android fork. It also doesn't hurt that the phone has the best display in its segment.
Poco M4 Pro 4G
The Poco M4 is another modestly priced phone packing in a versatile set of features and a great 5000 mAh battery life. It also helps that the large battery is complemented by a 33 watt charger that tops it up under an hour. Add one of the best form factors and in-hand feel in the segment and an affordable 90Hz AMOLED display that outperforms competitors with LCD screens, and you have one hell of a nominee.
Infinix Hot 20 Play
Not only does the Infinix Hot 20 Play ship with an ample 6000 mAh battery, but it also includes a modern looking punch hole display with 90Hz refresh rate in its modest price. While the 18-watt charging pales in comparison to other nominees here, and the in-box charger maxes out at 10 watts, the Hot 20 Play nevertheless delivers a lot for what it costs.