Over the years I have owned a few smartphones, not many, like most in my profession. The common thing is that I did my research before buying.
My present phone, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, recently had battery failure, but that is not uncommon, since it has a few years on its back(bought in 2019), so I went above and beyond to find a new battery and found one on Lazada - DON'T, they are all fake, Xiaomi don't sell batteries separately(Do NOT argue with me on this, I have letter from them stating this as a fact), and this is to avoid scams. If you want a new ORIGINAL battery, then you have to go to their service center(NOT mi store). If your phone is out of warranty, then they charge you around 500p for the repair and around 390-560p for the battery, and you have warranty on this repair. I had to do this when the battery from Lazada started to fail.
Enough about this, the story today is about something else.
Most Smartphones these days has some sort of power saving feature build-in from factory, but Xiaomi go above and beyond on this part, in my Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 there are 2 power saving options, unlike most other phones that have only 1.
Xiaomi claims that my battery can last 21h and 3min on normal setting, with no power option enabled, in factory testing maybe but not in real life use, because on normal use with a few games and some web browsing using Wi-Fi only, streaming video to Chromecast, it last about 12 hours.
If I game hard, only stop to eat breakfast and lunch, then it last about 4 hours.
Now, if I turn ON Battery saver, I get 19 hours normal use and 8 hours hard gaming. That is very nice.
What is more ever more nice is what happens if I turn ON Ultra battery saver, now I have a little more than 3 days of normal use(72 hours+). It is not very good for gaming. But it is good for travel.
GSMArena measured the battery to last 108 hours, in their endurance rating, I am not sure how they got that, but 72 hours+ is better than what the Ultra battery saver claims and what most other phones can do, and this on a 4000mAh battery.
I really like this phone and I will get a New battery again, when this one is worn out, basically I will wear this phone out. And that would be the time I will get a new one.
I don't care that Xiaomi stopped the updates for this model, I know how to keep my phone safe.
Attached below, screenshots of Battery with normal and the 2 power saving options.
Thats it folks, until next time 🙂