With more and more users relying on their smartphones for practically everything these days, phonemakers have been looking for newer ways to increase battery life. Packing in a big battery is the most popular solution but at the cost of ergonomics. A smartphone with a 2,000mAh battery may work for a casual user but for a power user anything short of 3,500mAh backed by software that doesn’t hog resources is essential. The recent crop of big battery smartphones has changed the perception and is encouraging more people to invest in them.
Price: Rs 12,999
A subsidiary of Micromax, Yu has carved a niche for itself. Yu Unicorn is everything the brand stands for— delivering high-end features and user-experience at really affordable prices. The phone’s 4,100mAh battery can muster about two days of screen time with ease. The phone runs a near plain version of Android which puts less stress on the battery and looks familiar too. The 5.5-inch full HD display impresses with its colours. The phone runs on MediaTek’s powerful Helio P10 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM and can handle most games and task without any hiccups. The brushed metal finish adds to its looks and grip quality. It weighs 172g which is what an average big screen phone weighs.
Asus ZenFone 3 Max
This is another smartphone that impresses with its design as much as it’s battery performance. Thus metal clad phone packs in a 4,000mAh battery yet weighs 175g. The smartphone’s battery backup is not the only talking point. We liked the bright looking 5.5-inch full HD display, the 16-megapixel camera that can produce 64-megapixel shots, and the phone’s ability to handle most heavy games and tasks without any niggle. Asus has Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor and paired it with 3GB RAM. It runs Android 6.0 but runs the overwhelming ZenUI on top.
Lenovo Z2 Plus
Price: Rs 17,999 (3GB+32GB), Rs 19,999 (4GB+4GB)
Available in two variants, the Z2 Plus has all the elements of a true flagship killer. It comes with a 4,000mAh battery that can deliver about two days of backup on single charge. It is also one of the best looking small screen (5-inch full HD) smartphones we have come across. The glass back gives it a sophisticated look while it’s compact size makes handling it easy. It runs on Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor and can take care of anything you throw at it. It belongs to Lenovo’s Zuk series. Though the name is gone it retains the plain android interface with Android 6.0.
Xiaomi Mi Max Prime
Price: Rs 19,999
An upgraded version of the Mi Max, this big screen smartphone packs in a powerful 4,800mAh battery that can deliver over two days of backup comfortably. Despite the big battery, the phone tips the scales at 203g and is 7.5mm thick, making it one if the slimmest big battery phones we have laid eyes on. It is one of the few phones that offer a 6.4-inch full HD display with a layer of scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 4 over it. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, this phone can run most chores smoothly. It runs on the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with the funky liking MIUI. It offers 128GB internal storage, which is unheard of in a mid range smartphone.
Price:Rs 57,000 (32GB), Rs 66,000 (128GB)
If you can spend more, try the Google Pixel. It does not pack in a big battery (3,000mAh) but delivers about two days of backup with ease. The reason is the improved and battery optimised version of Android (Nougat) , which prevents battery waste by putting the phone in deep standby mode and switching off access to network, GPS, location tracking, wake-locks and background syncs. It kicks into action every time the screen is switched off. The other factor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor which is more power efficient and can extend battery backup. The phone comes with a 5-inch quad HD display and is likely to get all Google updates first.