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Honor Magic4 Lite 5G Battery test

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We put the Honor Magic4 Lite 5G through our rigorous DXOMARK Battery test suite to measure its performance in autonomy, charging and efficiency. In these test results, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases.

Overview

Key specifications:

  • Battery capacity: 4800 mAh
  • 66W charger (included)
  • 6.81-inch, 1080 x 2388, 120 Hz, LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 (6 nm)
  • Tested ROM / RAM combination: 128 GB + 6 GB

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.


Honor Magic4 Lite 5G
135
battery
131
autonomy
151

189

127

195

105

198

152
charging
135

184

172

182

172

205

97

194

Key performances

Charging Time
2 days 13h
Battery life
Charging Time
0h28
80% Charging time
Charging Time
0h44
Full charging time
Quick Boost
9h26 autonomy
after 5-minute charge

Pros

  • Excellent performance during typical usage scenario tests
  • Outstanding autonomy when calling during calibrated tests
  • Decent performance in on-the-go tests
  • Excellent charging experience: 28 minutes and 27 seconds to charge 80% of battery capacity
  • More than 9 hours of autonomy gained on average after a 5-minute charge
  • Excellent charge efficiency

Cons

  • Poor autonomy when streaming music and video in calibrated mode
  • High discharge currents when streaming music and video in calibrated mode

The Honor Magic 4 Lite 5G’s battery performance was excellent overall, showing that it was a well-balanced device with very good autonomy, an excellent charging experience, and decent efficiency.
During the typical usage scenario testing, which is done using the device’s default settings, the Honor demonstrated very good idle management and excellent autonomy. During this series of tests, however, we noticed that the device’s automatic display brightness was relatively low when the screen was in very bright light conditions compared to other devices. While this could have contributed to the excellent autonomy results, it also had an impact on the user experience. The same screen behavior was also noticed in the on-the-go tests.
During calibrated tests, in which the brightness is set at 200 nits, the device struggled when streaming videos, with below-average autonomy. The gaming performance, however, was decent.
The 66W travel adapter charged 80% of the large 4800 mAh battery capacity in only 28 minutes, and took 43 minutes to a full charge, which is much faster than the average. The autonomy recovered after a 5-minute charge was also impressive, yielding more than 9 hours on average.
The charge was very efficient, ranking the device as the second-best in efficiency in our entire database.
Discharge currents were low, especially when calling, and they only rose to a higher-than-average level when watching videos.
Compared with other devices from the Advanced segment ($200 – $399), the Honor Magic4 Lite 5G was among the best. Even if the autonomy was slightly below average for this segment, the Magic4 Lite 5G’s excellent charging experience (second-best in this segment) and the decent efficiency place the phone in good standing.

Test Summary

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. (See our introductory and how we test articles for more details about our smartphone Battery protocol.)

The following section gathers key elements of our exhaustive tests and analyses performed in DXOMARK laboratories. Detailed performance evaluations under the form of reports are available upon request. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Battery Charger Wireless Display Processor
Honor Magic4 Lite 5G 4800mAh 66W
(included)
- LCD
1080 x 2388
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G 5000mAh 25W
(not included)
- Super AMOLED
1080 x 2400
Samsung Exynos 1280
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G 4250mAh 33W
(included)
- OLED
1080 x 2400
Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G

Autonomy

131

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

182

Wiko Power U30
How Autonomy score is composed

Autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: Stationary, On the go, and 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
86h
Light Usage
Active: 2h30/day
Moderate Usage
61h
Moderate Usage
Active: 4h/day
Intense Usage
38h
Intense Usage
Active: 7h/day

Home/Office

151

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

189

Vivo Y72 5G

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.

Typical Usage Scenario discharge curves

On the go

127

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

195

Samsung Galaxy M51

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 outdoors and perform a precisely defined set of activities while following the same three-hour travel itinerary (walking, taking the bus, the subway…) for each device

Autonomy for on the go use cases (full charge)

Calibrated

105

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

198

Samsung Galaxy M51

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.

Autonomy for calibrated use cases (full charge)

Charging

152

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

181

Realme GT Neo 3
How Charging score is composed

Charging is fully part of the overall battery experience. In some situations where autonomy is at a minimum, knowing how fast you can charge becomes a concern. The DXOMARK Battery charging score is composed of two sub-scores, (1) Full charge and (2) Quick boost.

Wired
Wired
83%
in 30 min
0h28
0 - 80%
0h44
Full charge

Full charge

135

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

184

Black Shark 5 Pro

Full charge tests assess the reliability of the battery power gauge; measure how long and how much power the battery takes to charge from zero to 80% capacity, from 80 to 100% as shown by the UI, and until an actual full charge.

Power consumption and battery level during full charge
The charging curves, in wired and wireless (if available) showing the evolution of the battery level indicator as well as the power consumption in watts during the stages of charging toward full capacity.
Time to full charge
The time to full charge chart breaks down the necessary time to reach 80%, 100% and full charge.

Quick boost

172

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

182

Realme GT Neo 3

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. The chart here compares the average autonomy gain from a quick 5-minute charge.

Average autonomy gain for a 5 minute charge (wired)

Efficiency

117

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

154

Oppo Reno6 5G
How Efficiency score is composed

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, calibrated tests and charging evaluation, taking into consideration the device’s battery capacity. DXOMARK calculate the annual power consumption of the product, shown on below graph, which is representative of the overall efficiency during a charge and when in use.

Annual Consumption Honor Magic4 Lite 5G
3.9 kWh
Efficient
Good
Bad
Inefficient

Charge up

172

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

205

Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro

The charge up sub-score is a combination of four factors: the overall efficiency of a full charge, related to how much energy you need to fill up the battery compared to the energy that the battery can provide; the efficiency of the travel adapter when it comes to transferring power from an outlet to your phone; the residual consumption when your phone is fully charged and still plugged into the charger; and the residual consumption of the charger itself, when the smartphone is disconnected from it. The chart here below shows the overall efficiency of a full charge in %.

Overall charge efficiency

Discharge

97

Honor Magic4 Lite 5G

194

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

The discharge subscore rates the speed of a battery’s discharge during a test, which is independent of the battery’s capacity. It is the ratio of a battery’s capacity divided by its autonomy. A small-capacity battery could have the same autonomy as a large-capacity battery, indicating that the device is well-optimized, with a low discharge rate.

Average discharge current

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