We put the Nothing Phone (1) 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.
- Battery capacity: 4500 mAh
- 33W charger (not included)
- 6.55-inch, 1080 x 2400, 120 Hz, OLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (6 nm)
- Tested ROM / RAM combination: 128 GB + 8 GB
Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.
These key points are derived from the lab measurements during testing and do not figure into the overall score. The lab measurements, however, are used for the overall score.
- Decent autonomy in moderate use
- Excellent autonomy when calling, streaming music and video
- Excellent power adapter efficiency
- Low residual consumption of the wired charger when the device is fully charged and still plugged in
- Low discharge currents overall
- Poor autonomy during idle phase
- Poor autonomy on the go, except when calling
- Slow charging speed with both wired and wireless charger
- Low charge efficiency
The Nothing Phone (1) showed decent autonomy in moderate use, but its consumption during the night was high, with an average 3% lost. When tested outside, the device struggled when scrolling on social apps and using the camera. Its autonomy in calibrated mode, however, was excellent, especially when calling, and streaming video and music.
The 45W charger struggled to replenish the battery device faster than our database average, taking almost 2 hour to fully charge the 4500 mAh battery. Indeed, the device supported only 33W, and the time between 100% displayed on the screen and the true full charge was very long at 49 minutes.
The charge efficiency was very low, even though the power adapter showed excellent efficiency. The residual consumption of the charger was excellent when the device was fully charged and still plugged in, but the charger itself, when plugged into an outlet, consumed more power than average.
Wireless charging was long, too, taking 2 hours and 41 minutes to fully charge the battery. The charge efficiency was average, and the residual consumption was slightly lower than average.
The discharge currents were low across almost all our use cases, meaning that the device is well-optimized, especially when calling, and streaming music and video.
When compared with devices from the same price range ($400 – $599), the Nothing Phone (1) gets a global score that is slightly above average, with autonomy and efficiency scores slightly above average as well, but a low charging score.
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.
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|Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+|
|Google Pixel 6||4614mAh||30W
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|Mediatek Dimensity 8100-Ultra|
Autonomy score is composed of three performance sub-scores: Home / Office, 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.
Battery Life (moderate)
Battery Life (moderate)
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.
On the go
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
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.
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.
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.
Charging Time 0-80%
Charging Time 0-80%
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.
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.
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 %.
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.
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