As much as we have come to rely on our smartphones—checking mail on the go, surfing the web, posting to social media, looking up directions, and the list goes on—battery life can be viewed as paramount to the mobile experience. After all, a phone with a depleted battery is a useless one. Will the iPhone X have enough juice to get us through the day? That remains to be seen, though one thing that has come to light is that it will wield a 2,716 milliamp-house (mAh) battery.
Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as @OnLeaks on Twitter, discovered a filing by Apple with Chinese regulator TENAA. The document lists Apple's flagship phone as having a 2,716 mAh battery, and 3GB of RAM.
Compared to the competition (and assuming the document is accurate), the iPhone X has a lower capacity battery than several flagship Android devices. For example, Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus handsets have 3,000 mAh and 3,500 mAh batteries, respectively. Likewise, the Galaxy Note 8 is sitting pretty with a 3,300 mAh battery.
It is not just Samsung that is using higher capacity batteries (compared to the iPhone X) either. Motorola's Moto Z2 Play sports a removable 3,000 mAh battery pack, while LG's G6 has a 3,300 mAh battery (as will LG's unreleased V30). Same goes for ASUS' ZenFone AR.
Apple is known for doing more with less, which usually applies to its custom system-on-chip (in this case, an A11 Bionic chip). That may also apply to battery life—despite the smaller battery pack, Apple claims the iPhone X lasts up to 2 hours longer than the iPhone 7, which has a 1,960 mAh battery. Here is what Apple says iPhone X users can expect:
- Talk time (wireless): Up to 21 hours
- Internet use: Up to 12 hours
- Video playback (wireless): Up to 13 hours
- Audio playback (wireless): Up to 60 hours
We will have to wait and see if the iPhone X can live up to those battery life claims, and whether it is affected by an apparent battery life bug in iOS 11.
The iPhone X is a departure from Apple's traditional iPhone design for the past few generations. It has a 5.8-inch all-screen OLED display that stretches from top to bottom, and ditches the Touch ID sensor in favor of logging in using facial recognition (Face ID). It is also Apple's most expensive iPhone to date, in terms of the starting price—the base model with 64GB of storage costs $999, while the 256GB SKU runs $1,149.