The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a big device, no question about it, it even makes the Galaxy S4 look compact. We already have a feel for the Mega 6.3 from its preview and we’re working on a full review. But before that’s done, we have to ask – does the battery live up to the “mega” monicker?
We’ve seen great battery efficiency from dual-core Snapdragon chipsets and the 3,200mAh battery has plenty of juice. So, it all comes down to the screen – and what a screen it is, it measures 6.3″ in diagonal and its surface area is only 23% smaller than a 7″ tablet (assuming a 16:10 screen for the tablet, like the Nexus 7).
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is close to the top of the talk time chart. Actually, we’re surprised it’s not closer to the top, but even so 20 hours of talk time on a single charge is more than anyone would need.
The web browsing result was pretty good, considering that screen is a big power draw. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 has only 600mAh capacity more than the Galaxy S4, but that’s enough to squeeze out almost one hour more (a 5″ 1080p AMOLED screen is pretty power-hungry too). Also, the Apple iPad mini lasted about 50 minutes longer.
The video playback time is almost the same as the web browsing time, which goes to show that the screen is the primary power draw on the Galaxy Mega 6.3 (the chipset is under light load for video playback, but web browsing pushes the two Krait cores harder). Anyway, you can watch a couple of full length movies and still have plenty of juice for the rest of the day.
In the end, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 scored an endurance rating of 60h. That means you can go three days on a single charge (and plug in the phablet to charge at the end of the third) if you do an hour each of calling, web browsing and watching videos. You can learn more about how we do the battery test here.
We’re almost ready with the full review of the Mega 6.3 and we have to say the benchmark results are looking pretty good compared to last year’s flagships (quad-core Cortex-A9, relatively old GPU), so going with a dual-core Snapdragon is fine for a mid-range device with a 720p screen.