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Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III Jelly Bean battery life test concludes, see how it did

The Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update is finally seeding and we already got our office units updated. Our review of the 4.1 Jelly Bean and TouchWiz combo is already available and you can learn all there is to know about the updated Samsung flagship right here.

Meanwhile we finally competed our battery test on the Jelly Bean-powered Galaxy S III and we are ready to share the results with you. As it turns out Samsung has managed to squeeze even more endurance out of that 2100 mAh battery pack after the update.

The 3G talk time ended up the same as with the ICS-running Galaxy S III and is one of the best performers we have seen. With the screen kept off as per our usual call-testing procedures, the Jelly Bean S III survived for 10 hours and 15 minutes of constant talk on a single charge.


Talk time

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    20:24
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    12:14
  • Samsung Wave 3 S8600
    11:07
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III ICS
    10:20
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III JB
    10:15
  • HTC One V
    10:00
  • 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
  • Apple iPhone 5
    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 Galaxy S Blaze 4G
    7:14
  • Samsung i937 Focus S
    7:25
  • 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
  • Nokia Lumia 900 for AT&T (LTE)
    5:53
  • LG Nitro HD (LTE)
    5:16
  • HTC Titan II (LTE)
    5:10
  • BlackBerry Bold 9790
    5:00
  • Pantech Burst
    4:46

The web browsing hasn’t been a battery-friendly task for the AMOLED phones and the Galaxy S III is no exception. Back in the days when it was running ICS, the Galaxy S III depleted a fully charged battery in 5 hours and 17 minutes, but once it got Jelly Bean, it managed to better that achievement by an hour and 10 minutes. 6 hours and 27 minutes is still some way off the best we have seen, but the progress a single software update brought is downright impressive.

Web browsing

  • Apple iPhone 5
    9:56
  • 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 I9300 Galaxy S III JB
    6:27
  • Samsung i937 Focus S
    6:15
  • Samsung Rugby Smart I847
    5:53
  • Pantech Burst
    5:51
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
    5:45
  • 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 ICS
    5:17
  • HTC Rezound
    5:16
  • HTC Rhyme
    5:08
  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R
    5:07
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nokia Lumia 710
    3:51
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    3:35
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    3:01

The video playback is the only place where the Jelly Bean S III falls behind the ICS unit – the battery reached 10% charger 9 hours and 27 minutes after we started the test – that’s 34 minutes less than the ICS Galaxy S III managed. We guess the Project Butter is to blame – the Jelly Bean eats more GPU power than the ICS and that might have affected the results. Still it’s an impressive results compared to most of the smartphones out there and the AMOLED is the one to thank for.

Video playback

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX
    14:17
  • Apple iPhone 5
    10:12
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III ICS
    10:01
  • Samsung Rugby Smart I847
    9:34
  • HTC One S
    9:28
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III JB
    9:27
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    9:24
  • 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
  • Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G 7:33
  • Samsung Galaxy Note LTE
    7:30
  • Samsung I9103 Galaxy R
    6:21
  • HTC Sensation XL
    6:12
  • 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
  • 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
  • LG Nitro HD
    4:17
  • Nokia Lumia 710
    3:27

The major difference comes with the improved standby time. While we are not usually comparing standby times, they are already part of our formula for the final score. So, even with the other results being close to the ICS ones, the standby overall improvement pushes the endurance rating even higher.

Samsung Galaxy S III running on Jelly Beangot an endurance rating of 50 hours (7 hours more than the ICS Galaxy S III), which means you’d need to charge it once every 50 hours if you do an hour of 3G talking, an hour of video playback and an hour of web browsing each day. That’s quite an achievement, but keep in mind that your mileage may vary if you have different usage patterns.

You can find more about the testing procedures here.

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