Last week, Samsung fans were outraged when the Korean company unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 with a smaller battery than its predecessor. Despite sporting a powerful hardware, the Note 5 features only a 3,000mAh battery, compared to 3,220mAh in the Note 4. Consumers believed that the Galaxy Note 5 might be less enduring than the last year’s phablet.

Galaxy Note 5 Lasts Longer Than Note 4 Despite Smaller Battery

Galaxy Note 5 beats the iPhone 6 Plus by a distance

Phone Arena conducted a benchmark test of the Galaxy Note 5 battery. They found that even with a smaller battery, the Note 5 lasts longer than Galaxy Note 4. The Note 5 scored 9 hours and 11 minutes of battery life, a full 28 minutes better than 8 hours and 43 minutes for its predecessor. The benchmark tests reveal that the Galaxy S6 Edge+ performed even better than Note 5, with a score of 9 hours and 29 minutes.

Galaxy Note 5 Battery Life

The best performer was Motorola Droid Turbo. Its giant 3,900mAh battery endured 10 hours and 42 minutes, followed by Sony Xperia Z3 with 9 hours and 29 minutes. The Galaxy Note 5 offered better battery life than other major smartphones like the iPhone 6 Plus, HTC One M9, and LG G4. Samsung has surely made its latest device run more efficiently.

What’s more, the Note 5 beats every other phone except Asus ZenFone 2 when it comes to charging time. The Galaxy Note 5 with its fast charging capabilities took just 81 minutes to charge fully. By comparison, Sony Xperia Z3 takes 235 minutes, the iPhone 6 Plus requires 171 minutes, and the Galaxy Note 4 consumes 95 minutes.

Galaxy Note 5 Charging Time

Galaxy Note 5 lags behind the iPhone 6 in drop test

Separately, folks at PhoneBuff conducted a drop test for the Galaxy Note 5. They found that the phablet with its metal and glass design was sturdier than the Galaxy S6, but worse than HTC One M9 and Apple’s iPhone 6. The Note 5’s back cracked when it hit the concrete from a height of one meter. When PhoneBuff dropped it from the side, you could see very little damage.

The Galaxy Note 5 is set to go on sale in major markets starting August 21. The phone has failed to excite the Wall Street as it clearly lacks anything revolutionary. It features 4GB RAM, 5.7-inch display, and an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor.