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Huawei P50 Pro Battery test

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We put the Huawei P50 Pro 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: 4360 mAh
  • 66W charger (not included)
  • 6.6-inch, 2700 x 1228, 120 Hz OLED display
  • Kirin 9000 chipset
  • Tested ROM / RAM combination: 256 GB + 8 GB

Scoring

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


Huawei P50 Pro
123
battery
108
autonomy
100

189

116

195

119

198

141
charging
142

180

140

182

144

205

131

192

Key performances

Charging Time
2 days 3h
Battery life
Charging Time
0h30
80% Charging time
Charging Time
0h52
Full charging time
Quick Boost
5h autonomy
after 5-minute charge

Pros

  • Decent autonomy (2.5 days in moderate use)
  • Charges 80% in only 30 min, and 56% in 30 min with wireless charger
  • Best gaming performance in this price range
  • Above-average charge efficiency

Cons

  • High discharge current when streaming video over Wi-Fi

The Huawei P50 Pro is a very well-balanced device, offering impressive specs and decent autonomy of 2.5 days. The phone also provided the best gaming experience for an ultra-premium device. The Huawei P50 Pro battery charging experience was also a major strong point, whether powering up wired or wirelessly. All those factors, along with a decent charge efficiency, helped place the Huawei P50 Pro into the No. 2 spot of our ultra-premium ranking

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.

The table below shows the battery capacity, tested charger, display type and resolution, and processor specifications for the comparison devices.

Battery Charger Wireless Display Processor
Huawei P50 Pro 4360mAh 66W
(not included)
50W OLED
1228 x 2700
HiSilicon Kirin 9000
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max 4352mAh 20W
(included)
15W OLED
1284 x 2778
Apple A15 Bionic
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra 5000mAh 67W
(included)
67W OLED
1440 x 3200
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G

Autonomy

108

Huawei P50 Pro

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
73h
Light Usage
Active: 2h30/day
Moderate Usage
51h
Moderate Usage
Active: 4h/day
Intense Usage
32h
Intense Usage
Active: 7h/day

Stationary

100

Huawei P50 Pro

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

116

Huawei P50 Pro

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

119

Huawei P50 Pro

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

141

Huawei P50 Pro

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
79%
in 30 min
0h30
0 - 80%
0h52
Full charge
Wireless
Wireless
56%
in 30 min
0h43
0 - 80%
1h06
Full charge

Full charge

142

Huawei P50 Pro

180

Realme GT Neo 3

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.

Two charts here below illustrate the full charge performance of the smartphone: (1) 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.
(2) The time to full charge chart breaks down the necessary time to reach 80%, 100% and full charge.

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

The time to full charge chart breaks down the necessary time to reach 80%, 100% and full charge.

Quick boost

140

Huawei P50 Pro

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

135

Huawei P50 Pro

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 Huawei P50 Pro
4.3 kWh
Efficient
Good
Bad
Inefficient

Charge up

144

Huawei P50 Pro

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

131

Huawei P50 Pro

192

Apple iPhone 12 mini

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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