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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Battery test: Highly efficient device

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The Apple iPhone 13 Pro first appeared in September 2021 and as befits a device in our Ultra-Premium ($800 and higher) segment, it comes packed with many attractive features. Let’s see how it did in our Battery protocol tests.

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 3095 mAh
  • 20W charger (not included)
  • 6.1-inch, 1170 x 2532, 120 Hz OLED display
  • Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) chipset
  • Tested ROM / RAM combination: 256 GB + 6 GB

About DXOMARK Battery tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone battery reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests over a week-long period both indoors and outdoors. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

Test summary

Apple iPhone 13 Pro
76
battery
64

104

63

96

59

100

80

118

73

111

60

95

121

Best

Charging Time
2 days 5h
Battery life
Charging Time
0h49
80% Charging time
Charging Time
1h43
Full charging time

Pros

  • More than 2 days of autonomy with moderate use
  • Very well-optimized device
  • Very low consumption when streaming music and video

Cons

  • Low autonomy when using camera on the go
  • Poor charge up efficiency

Among the Ultra-Premium devices compared in this review, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro has the smallest battery capacity (3095 mAh), but it nevertheless achieved a higher overall score than its two rivals, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (5000 mAh) and the OnePlus 9 Pro (4500 mAh), though it did not beat the larger iPhone 13 Pro Max. The table below shows the battery capacity, tested charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for all four devices.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max OnePlus 9 Pro
Battery 3095 mAh 5000 mAh 4352 mAh 4500 mAh
Charger

Wireless

20W (not included)

15W

25W (not included)

15W

20W (not included)

15W

65W

50W

Display type OLED OLED OLED OLED
Resolution 1170 x 2532 1440 x 3200 1284 x 2778 1440 x 3216
Processor Apple A15 Bionic 5 nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G 5 nm Apple A15 Bionic 5 nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G 5 nm

Autonomy (60)

How long a battery charge lasts depends not only on battery capacity but also on other aspects of the phone’s hardware and software. The DXOMARK Battery autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: (1) Stationary, (2) On the go, and (3) Calibrated use cases. Each sub-score comprises the results of a comprehensive range of tests for measuring autonomy in all kinds of real-life scenarios. 

Light Usage
77h
Light Usage
Active: 2h30/day
Moderate Usage
53h
Moderate Usage
Active: 4h/day
Intense Usage
33h
Intense Usage
Active: 7h/day

With almost 30% less battery capacity, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro does not perform as well as the iPhone 13 Pro Max during our autonomy tests.

Stationary

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

64

104

Vivo Y72 5G
Best: Vivo Y72 5G (104)

A robot housed in a Faraday cage performs a set of touch-based user actions during what we call our “typical usage scenario” (TUS) — making calls, video streaming, etc. — 4 hours of active use over the course of a 16-hour period, plus 8 hours of “sleep.” The robot repeats this set of actions every day until the device runs out of power. 

While both Apple devices came in ahead of the Samsung and OnePlus devices in our TUS tests, the Apple iPhone 13 Pro lasted 59 hours 5 minutes in our TUS tests, which is 12 hours 15 minutes less than the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Both iPhones lost only 1% of battery during the night, which is also better than the competition.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

On the go

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

63

96

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (96)

Using a smartphone on the go takes a toll on autonomy because of extra “hidden” demands, such as the continuous signaling associated with cellphone network selection, for example. DXOMARK Battery experts take the phone outside and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary for each device.

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro puts in a better-than-average performance than Ultra-Premium devices in almost all use cases during our On the go tests. Its weak point is autonomy when using the camera, which is considerably lower than that of its rivals.

Estimated autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

Calibrated

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

59

100

Samsung Galaxy M51
Best: Samsung Galaxy M51 (100)

For this series of tests, the smartphone returns to the Faraday cage and our robots repeatedly perform actions linked to one specific use case (such as gaming, video streaming, etc.) at a time. Starting from an 80% charge, all devices are tested until they have expended at least 5% of their battery power.

The iPhone 13 Pro showed good results when streaming music and videos, considerably higher autonomy than the OnePlus 9 Pro. However, it had poor autonomy when gaming and in 3G calling, where its rival Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) did much better. That all said, with the exception of 3G calling, the larger iPhone 13 Pro Max has the best autonomy for all calibrated tests in this segment.

Estimated autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging (78)

The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, Full charge and Quick boost. Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long it takes to charge a battery from zero to 80% capacity and from 80% to 100%; and measure how long and how much power the battery takes to go from an indicated 100% to an actual full charge. With the phone at different charge levels (20%, 40%, 60%, 80%), Quick boost tests measure the amount of charge the battery receives after being plugged in for 5 minutes. 

Wired
Wired
57%
in 30 min
0h49
0 - 80%
1h43
Full charge
Wireless
Wireless
36%
in 30 min
1h22
0 - 80%
2h08
Full charge

The iPhone 13 Pro can use a 20W charger that allows it to fully charge its battery faster than the iPhone 13 Pro Max (which has a bigger battery capacity), but it is far behind the OnePlus 9 Pro’s 65W charging performance.

Full charge

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

80

118

Realme GT Neo 3
Best: Realme GT Neo 3 (118)

Power consumption and battery level during full charge
Power consumption and battery level during wireless full charge

The iPhone 13 Pro needs 1 hour 34 minutes to arrive at a 100% charge showing on the battery level indicator, and an additional 9 more minutes to get its 3095 mAh battery completely charged. This is 28 minutes faster than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which has a bigger battery capacity of 4352 mAh.

As for wireless charging, iPhone 13 Pro needs 1 hour 54 minutes to fully charge its battery, which is almost same performance as Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (1 hour 57 minutes) and 33 minutes faster than the iPhone 13 Pro Max (2 hour 27 minutes).

However, the OnePlus 9 Pro is the clear winner in this competition, as its 65W wired charger powers up the 4500 mAh battery in only 53 minutes, and whose 50W wireless charger lets it fully charge in 58 minutes.

Time to full charge
Time to full charge

Quick boost

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

73

111

Realme GT Neo 3
Best: Realme GT Neo 3 (111)

By plugging in the iPhone 13 Pro smartphone for 5 minutes with less than 50% of battery charge remaining, users will gain  3 hours 30 minutes of autonomy. This is better than both the Samsung and the 13 Pro Max, but far behind OnePlus 9 Pro, which gains 5 hours 30 minutes with a quick boost charge.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max OnePlus 9 Pro
Autonomy boost (hh:mm) 20%3:36 3:24 3:11 5:35
40%3:29 3:22 3:18 5:07
60%2:22 2:54 3:02 4:15
80%1:12 2:11 1:35 2:48
Percentage boost 20%9.8 %9.2 %6.3 %18.7 %
40%9.4 %9.1 %6.5 %17.2 %
60%6.4 %7.8 %6 %14.2 %
80%3.3 %5.9 %3.1 %9.4 %
Energy consumed 20%1723 mWh2279 mWh1621 mWh4096 mWh
40%1665 mWh2262 mWh1678 mWh3764 mWh
60%1135 mWh1950 mWh1545 mWh3118 mWh
80%576 mWh1468 mWh802 mWh2057 mWh

Efficiency (102)

The DXOMARK power efficiency score consists of two sub-scores, Charge up and Discharge rate, both of which combine data obtained during robot-based typical usage scenario testing, outdoor mobility testing, charging evaluation, and power measurements, and then take into consideration the device’s battery capacity.

The Apple iPhone 13 Pro has a poor charge up efficiency but excellent control of current discharge.

Charge up

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

60

95

Xiaomi 12 Pro
Best: Xiaomi 12 Pro (95)

Although the iPhone 13 Pro comes with an efficient charger, its overall charging system is not very efficient at 67.9% — lower than the S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) at 78.8% and the OnePlus 9 Pro at 89.5%.

Discharge

Apple iPhone 13 Pro

121

Highest Score

By contrast to charge up efficiency, the iPhone 13 Pro is a very well-designed device that shows low consumption during all uses — and in fact, it has the lowest discharge current in our database for WiFi video streaming and video playback.

Conclusion

The iPhone 13 Pro is a very well-optimized device, offering more than 2 days of autonomy with moderate use.

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