There are new phones arriving all the time, especially when it comes to the world of Android. Apple’s iPhones will always be popular but handsets running Google’s mobile OS provide you with a wealth of choice – and usually much better specs for the same price.
Fast charging has been getting faster and more widely available even on more affordable smartphones. Still, while being able to top up a phone in less than an hour, or even as fast as half an hour, can lead to changing your charging habits entirely, actual battery autonomy remains a key priority – no flash charge can help you out when there’s no power outlet around.
Android Phones With Good Camera and Battery life
- Pros: Fast wired & wireless charging | Strong specs | Great value
- Cons: No zoom camera | Big | MIUI software
- From €699.90 (around $812.23)
The Xiaomi Mi 11 is a rock-solid performer thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, which comes paired with 8GB RAM and plenty of storage.
Throw in a WQHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display (quad-curved, no less), 108Mp rear camera, and 55W fast-charging paired with 50W wireless charging, and you can see that the Mi 11 won’t be beaten for specs at its price.
There are minor downsides – you won’t get an IP rating, there’s no telephoto camera, and Xiaomi’s MIUI software still has room for improvement. But if pure performance is what you’re looking for, then look no further.
There’s also the more expensive Mi 11 Ultra, which upgrades to faster charging and a more powerful camera, but with a massive trade-off: that camera is big and ugly, which is why we prefer the regular Mi 11.
2. Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G UW (12:29)
As a durable phone that caters to people on construction sites, the Kyocera DuraForce Ultra 5G UW has to work a long time between charges. And that’s exactly what this phone does, thanks to a 4,500 mAh and a power-sipping Snapdragon 765G chipset. Kyocera’s durable phone lasted a minute shy of 12.5 hours when we put it to the test.
That result is particularly impressive given that the phone offers 5G compatibility. However, that UW in the DuraForce’s name implies that this device is built to work with Verizon’s super-fast Ultra Wideband 5G, meaning you’ll have to look elsewhere if you want a long-lasting phone that works on networks other than Verizon’s.
- Pros: Super-fast 80W wired charging | Good battery life | Top specs
- Cons: Inconsistent camera | No IP rating
The latest flagship phone from OnePlus is a good alternative to the likes of the S22 or Pixel 6 series, especially if you live in the US and have few other high-end Android options.
With a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and speedy 80W wired charging the 10 Pro has core specs to match anything its rivals offer, and we’re broadly fans of the slick design too – though not everyone is.
Despite support from Hasselblad the camera is still the weakness here. The rear triple camera is impressive, don’t get us wrong, but inconsistencies – especially in exposure – only serve to remind that it’s not up there with the best of the best, and that makes it a touch harder to recommend this phone over rivals around the same price unless you know you love OnePlus’s OxygenOS software.
4. Cat S62 Pro (12:16)
Like the Kyocera DuraForce above, the Cat S62 Pro is a durable phone built to go a long time on a charge. And the Cat S62 Pro delivers, lasting for 12 hours and 16 minutes on our battery test. It manages to grind out that time with only a 4,000 mAh battery, though unlike Kyocera’s phone, the Cat S62 Pro doesn’t connect to 5G. As a result, there’s no power-hungry 5G modem.
You won’t get the fastest charge times when you do need to top off the Cat S62 Pro’s battery. After 15 minutes of charging, the phone got back to 17% of its charge, reaching 37% after half-an-hour. That’s not terrible, but you’ll find faster charging phones on this list.
- Pros: Exceptional value | 108Mp camera | 120Hz display
- Cons: No 5G | MIUI software
The Redmi Note 10 Pro is one of the best phones you can buy at its price point, with Xiaomi delivering exceptional value for money.
Highlights here start with the stunning screen, offering AMOLED technology and a 120Hz refresh rate, and continue with an excellent set of cameras. The headline is a 108Mp whopper which is backed up by a reasonable ultra-wide and a surprisingly decent telemacro.
Core specs are decent, hinging on the Snapdragon 732G to ensure smooth performance. However, the Redmi Note 10 Pro doesn’t support 5G, which might be a deal breaker.
MIUI is also a downside with its overly complex interface that’s simply not as stylish or easy to use as many rivals – even if you can make it a lot better than default with some tweaking.
6. Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (12:19)
This midrange phone from Samsung may pack in 5G connectivity, but that doesn’t put a crimp in the Galaxy A52 5G’s battery life. The phone managed to last 12 hours, 19 minutes on our test. Note that we got that extraordinary time when the phone’s screen was set to refresh at 60Hz. The A52 also lets you adjust refresh rate to a very fast 120Hz, a rare feature among phones under $500. Unfortunately, that does cut down the A52 5G’s longevity, but the 10 hour and 19 minute result on our battery test is still better than the average smartphone.
Don’t expect fast-charging from this device, unless you spring for a faster charger. While the Galaxy A52 5G can support 25W fast wired charging, Samsung only includes a 15W charger in the phone’s box. That yielded a fairly ho-hum 31% charge after half-an-hour.
- Pros: Phenomenal value | Glass body | Fast charging
- Cons: Only 90Hz display | No wireless charging
- Unavailable in the US
OnePlus’s second proper Nord phone is a worthy follow-up, powered by a custom version of MediaTek’s 5G-capable Dimensity 1200 chipset.
The Nord 2 also totes a 90Hz AMOLED display, a great primary 50Mp main camera, and nippy 65W fast charging.
Software-wise, the company’s OxygenOS user experience is also a major highlight – bringing responsive interactivity and a clean interface to the table that lends itself to the phone’s powerful, premium feel.
OnePlus has also recently launched the Nord CE 5G, which takes most of these great specs but wraps them in a plastic body – with a few other key downgrades elsewhere. Overall we prefer the Nord 2, but the CE 5G is well worth a look if you’re on a tighter budget.
8. Asus ROG Phone 5 (12:23)
We knew the Asus ROG Phone 5 was going to last a long time on a charge — the only question was how long. After all, you put a 6,000 mAh battery inside a phone, you’re going to get a device that lasts a very long time even if it is a premium gaming phone designed to play demanding titles.
In the end, the ROG Phone 5 held out for nearly 12.5 hours on our battery test, with the screen set at a 60Hz refresh rate. Even upping the refresh rate to 120 Hz and re-running the test produced an impressive 10 hour, 53 minute result. In everyday use, we enjoyed lengthy gaming sessions with no dent in the battery.
Even with a 6,000 mAh battery, the ROG Phone 5 charges quickly, thanks to support for 65W charging. A half-hour of charging a drained phone got us back to a 70% charge.
- Pros: Flagship specs | Fast charging | Good value
- Cons: No wireless charging | Basic camera
- Unavailable in the US
The Realme GT 2 Pro offers a heck of a lot of phone for your money, and more exciting than its (admittedly also solid) non-Pro sibling.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset is paired with the fastest RAM and storage around, with 65W wired charging and a 120Hz AMOLED display to seal the deal – all essentially flagship specs.
Of course, this isn’t a flagship price, so there are omissions elsewhere – no wireless charging or waterproofing for starters, and while the main camera and ultrawide are solid enough, there’s no telephoto zoom option.
If performance is your priority then the value here is near-unbeatable however – and the fact that it’s all wrapped in a slick, understated design (albeit in plastic) doesn’t hurt either.
10. Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro (13:13)
Like the RedMagic 6 that came out before it, the RedMagic 6S Pro variant absolutely crushes our battery test, lasting 13 hours and 13 minutes when the screen was set at 60Hz. Even better though, the 6S Pro didn’t have nearly as big a drop-off when we enabled faster refresh rates as the RedMagic 6 did. With its screen set to a power-hungry 165Hz refresh rate, the RedMagic 6S Pro still held out for 12 hours and 50 minutes in our test.Advertisement
That’s great news since 165Hz is a terrific refresh rate for immersive gaming. So you’ll be able to max out the RedMagic 6S Pro’s display settings without fear of draining the phone’s 5,050 mAh battery prematurely. We’re still not convinced that dedicated gaming phones are a must-have, and the cameras on this Nubia device disappoint. But if you do want a phone tailor-made for gaming, the RedMagic 6S Pro will not let you down when it comes to either performance or battery.