Android phones in 2023 are getting a great battery upgrade

Rumoured specs for some next-gen flagships show a marked improvement over previous iterations

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The best Android phones are full of exciting features. You'll find stunning cameras, crisp displays, and top-tier processors, and the right combination of those features can make for a really exciting handset.

One feature that is slightly less glamourous, though still crucial to making a good phone, is the battery. And there's good news – a whole host of 2023 flagships look set to get battery upgrades. 

Information shared on Twitter (opens in new tab) by popular tech tipster, Rogesh Brar, suggests five handsets that are getting a battery boost. In the tweet, Brar says, "[Snapdragon] 8 Gen 1 flagships had terrible battery life & despite Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 having better efficiency numbers, 2023 bound flagships have bigger batteries."

The list includes numbers for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus, the Xiaomi 13 Pro, the Vivo X90 Pro, the OnePlus 11 and the Oppo Find X6 Pro. Of the five, the Oppo and the OnePlus have the same 5,000mAh battery life found in their predecessors – the Oppo Find X5 Pro and the OnePlus 10, respectively. That's hardly surprising, though, as they already represented two of the largest options on the market.

The biggest jump mentioned sees the Vivo X80 Pro gain an extra 290mAh of juice, while the Xiaomi 12 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus each get a 200mAh boost. Those aren't massive differences, but it's a welcome upgrade– particularly as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor that will power these models is more battery efficient, anyway. 

The combination should see better battery life across the range of Android flagships – not that they really need it! In our review of the S22 Plus, for example, our tester found that moderate use for 16 hours left 50% of the battery still intact. Similarly, the Oppo Find X5 Pro was capable of 20 hours of intense usage.

But hey, if some is good, more must be better, right? This should open the door for further innovation and allow smartphones to do even more on a single charge – and we'll never complain about that.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.