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Huawei Ascend P1 battery life test completes, scores come out mixed

We’ve had the Huawei Ascend P1 in our office long enough to run the battery tests. Since we couldn’t find official battery life numbers on Huawei’s website, this is our first look at how long the 1670mAh battery lasts.

The Ascend P1 performed more or less as we expected it to – with web browsing once again proving to be the bane of AMOLED screens. The other numbers are very good though.

Let’s start with talking. The phone certainly impressed us by going for 12 and a half hours straight on a 3G network. That’s one of the very best results we’ve gotten in this category, especially if you don’t count odd ducks like the Motorola RAZR MAXX or the Samsung Galaxy Note.


Talk time

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    20:24
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    12:30
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    12:14
  • Samsung Wave 3 S8600
    11:07
  • HTC One X (AT&T, LTE)
    10:35
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    10:20
  • HTC One V
    10:00
  • HTC One X
    9:57
  • HTC One S
    9:42
  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R
    9:40
  • HTC Sensation XL
    9:30
  • Nokia Lumia 710
    9:05
  • HTC Vivid
    9:02
  • HTC Rhyme
    8:48
  • LG Optimus 3D Max P720
    8:42
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
    8:41
  • Meizu MX
    8:39
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    8:35
  • Nokia Lumia 800
    8:25
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    8:23
  • Samsung Captivate Glide
    8:20
  • HTC Rezound (LTE)
    8:10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (LTE)
    8:02
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    7:41
  • Samsung i937 Focus S
    7:25
  • HTC Evo 4G LTE (LTE)
    7:21
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
    7:14
  • Samsung Rugby Smart I847
    7:09
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
    6:57
  • Nokia N9
    6:57
  • HTC Radar
    6:53
  • BlackBerry Curve 9380
    6:52
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    5:54
  • Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T (LTE)
    5:53
  • Sony Xperia P
    5:33
  • LG Nitro HD (LTE)
    5:16
  • HTC Titan II (LTE)
    5:10
  • BlackBerry Bold 9790
    5:00
  • Pantech Burst
    4:46

Web browsing on phones with AMOLED screens is typically a short term affair. The Huawei Ascend P1 is no exception here, lasting mere 3 hours and 23 minutes. The HTC One S, which uses the same screen, beats the P1 with 40 minutes here with a battery of equal capacity, so there’s no way around it – the P1 is one of the worst performers we’ve ever seen in this test.

Web browsing

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    7:23
  • HTC Radar
    7:17
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    6:56
  • HTC One V
    6:49
  • BlackBerry Curve 9380
    6:40
  • Samsung i937 Focus S
    6:15
  • Samsung Rugby Smart I847
    5:53
  • Pantech Burst
    5:51
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
    5:45
  • HTC Evo 4G LTE
    5:41
  • Samsung Wave 3 S8600
    5:34
  • Samsung Captivate Glide
    5:33
  • Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
    5:24
  • HTC Sensation XL
    5:20
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    5:17
  • HTC Rezound
    5:16
  • HTC Rhyme
    5:08
  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R
    5:07
  • HTC One X (AT&T)
    5:03
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
    4:50
  • HTC Vivid
    4:46
  • Meizu MX
    4:35
  • Nokia N9
    4:33
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    4:24
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
    4:20
  • HTC One X
    4:18
  • LG Optimus 3D Max P720
    4:10
  • Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T
    4:10
  • Nokia Lumia 800
    4:07
  • HTC Titan II (LTE)
    4:05
  • HTC One S
    4:03
  • BlackBerry Bold 9790
    4:02
  • LG Nitro HD
    4:00
  • Sony Xperia P
    3:59
  • Nokia Lumia 710
    3:51
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    3:47
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    3:35
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    3:23
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    3:01

The Ascend P1 redeemed itself in the video playback test. It lasted 7 hours and 38 minutes, which places it in the upper part of our battery life chart. It’s still 2 hours short of what the One S managed though.

Video playback

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    14:17
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    10:01
  • Samsung Rugby Smart I847
    9:34
  • HTC One S
    9:28
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    9:24
  • HTC Evo 4G LTE
    9:07

  • Nokia N9
    8:40
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    8:25
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    8:00
  • Samsung i937 Focus S
    7:55
  • Samsung Wave 3 S8600
    7:52
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
    7:45
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    7:38
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
    7:33
  • Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
    7:30
  • HTC One X (AT&T)
    6:26
  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R
    6:21
  • HTC Sensation XL
    6:12
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    6:06
  • Samsung Captivate Glide
    6:04
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    6:02
  • HTC Vivid
    6:00
  • HTC Radar
    5:54
  • Nokia Lumia 800
    5:52
  • HTC Titan II
    5:50
  • BlackBerry Bold 9790
    5:47
  • HTC One X
    5:45
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
    5:44
  • Pantech Burst
    5:38
  • Meizu MX
    5:27
  • HTC Rhyme
    5:23
  • HTC One V
    5:20
  • Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T
    5:18
  • BlackBerry Curve 9380
    5:09
  • HTC Rezound
    5:03
  • Sony Xperia P
    4:30
  • LG Nitro HD
    4:17
  • LG Optimus 3D Max P720
    3:28
  • Nokia Lumia 710
    3:27

All told, the Huawei Ascend P1 endurance rating works out to 34 hours. That means you have about a day and a half before you’ll need to recharge it, assuming you talk for one hour, browse the web for another hour and watch an hour of video each day.

Web browsing aside, the P1 offers decent battery life. If you do your browsing on another device – a tablet or laptop – then you can go much longer between charges. But if your phone is your primary access to the web, you’d do well to have a charger at hand at all times.

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