iPhone 6 Plus Battery Lags Behind Galaxy S5, LG G3 [REPORT]

After conducting a bending test on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Consumer Reports has released results of the iPhone 6 battery tests. The Cupertino-based company claims that the iPhone 6 Plus offers up to 12 hours of browsing, up to 14 hours of video playback, 24 hours of talktime, and a whopping 80 hours of audio playback. That’s almost double the battery performance offered by iPhone 5S.

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iPhone 6 Plus offers 17 hours of talktime

Consumer Reports found that the new iPhones have better battery lives than their predecessors. But the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus still fail to match up against Samsung’s Galaxy S5 or LG G3. In lab tests, the iPhone 6 Plus survived an impressive 17 hours of talktime on a single charge. Note that it’s the average battery performance across many carriers.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 cranked out 10 hours of talktime. By comparison, the iPhone 5S offers an 8-hour talktime. But the performance of new devices is nowhere close to Apple’s claims of up to 24 hours for iPhone 6 Plus and 14 hours for the iPhone 6. The problem is, manufacturers usually claim “up to,”which means the value will apply only in optimal conditions.

Galaxy S5, LG G3 outperform the iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 provided 20 hours of talktime in Consumer Reports’ lab tests. LG Electronics’ G3 also provided a respectable 19 hours of talktime. However, the new iPhones had outperformed Galaxy Note 3, LG G3 and HCT M8 in bending tests. The iPhone 6 Plus has been surrounded by the ‘bendgate’ controversy.

But Consumer Reports’ tests suggest that the new iPhones are much sturdier than many seem to think. In fact, the iPhone 6 Plus performed better than HTC M8, which is considered a solid phone. Despite the reports of bending, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are literally flying off the shelves in the markets worldwide. Apple sold over 10 million new iPhones in the first three days of launch.

Apple shares fell 0.91% to $99.84 at 12:09 PM EDT on Wednesday.