The iPhone XS and XS Max may be Apple’s latest and greatest smartphones, but there’s one area where they are falling short of its predecessor: battery life.
Tom’s Guide published results for battery tests and came away disappointed. In the endurance test, both new iPhone models failed to meet the mark set by last year’s iPhone X, dying much earlier. The endurance test comprises of using the web continuously on a 4G connection with the display brightness set at 150 nits and auto-brightness and TrueTone turned off.
The iPhone XS Max’s battery held on for 10 hour and 38 minutes while the iPhone XS capped out at 9 hours and 41 minutes. That failed to meet iPhone X’s endurance, which lasted 10 hours and 49 minutes. It’s not surprising for the iPhone XS not to meet the same mark, since it has a smaller battery (2,659mAh versus 2,716mAh on the iPhone X), but for the iPhone XS Max and its 3,174mAh battery not to at least match the mark is disappointing. Sure, its performance may be offset by the bigger 6.5-inch display, and it was only a gap of 11 minutes, but more was expected.
Here’s how the iPhone XS and XS Max held up against other Android flagships.
Both performed better than the HTC U12+ and LG G7 ThinQ but trailed the Huawei P20 Pro, Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy Note 9 and OnePlus 6.
The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max may not have the best battery life among smartphones, according to these tests, but they should be good enough to get a casual user through a busy day.