Sony Xperia C3 and Xperia C3 Dual battery life


Sony Xperia C3 Dual stopped by our office recently and we did a thorough inspection as usual. The 5.5″ phablet runs on the dated Snapdragon 400, but offers some great features as selfie-centric front snapper with a LED flash, a rear 8MP camera, plus dual-SIM or LTE connectivity.

We’ve reviewed quite a few mid-range Xperia smartphones and most of them did great on our battery life test, so we had some high hopes for the Xperia C3 and its 2,500 mAh battery unit.

Sony Xperia C3 is available in two different flavors – in single-SIM LTE model and another one with two SIM cards and 3G connectivity. Since we only have the dual-SIM model, we did our tests both with one and two SIM cards inside. Much to our our surprise, all test came out the same, regardless of the number of active SIM cards inside.

Our first test gauges the 3G talk time endurance. As it turned out, the Sony Xperia C3 Dual doesn’t offer the advertized dual-call feature, so it’s only natural that regardless whether you are using one or two SIM cards, the final battery life is the same. Sony Xperia C3 did excellent here, scoring a little over 22 hours.

Talk time

  • Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE 46:44h
  • HTC One Max 22:13h
  • Sony Xperia Z2 22:13h
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE 22:13h
  • Nokia Lumia 1020 22:13h
  • Nokia Lumia 1320 22:13h
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual 22:11h
  • Samsung ATIV SE 22:05h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 21:39h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 21:20h
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX 21:18h
  • LG Optimus G Pro E985 20:45h
  • Pantech Burst 4:46h

We measure the web browsing endurance with a dedicated script that emulates normal browser usage. The Sony Xperia C3 once again did great, packing enough juice to come just shy of 12 hours.

Web time

  • Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 16:41h
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim 12:30h
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 12:17h
  • Sony Xperia Z3 12:03h
  • Nokia XL 11:54h
  • HTC Desire 816 11:48h
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual 11:47h
  • LG G2 11:42h
  • Sony Xperia Z2 11:32h
  • Motorola DROID Turbo 11:31h
  • Sony Xperia ZR 11:20h
  • HTC One Max 11:20h
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus I9250 3:01h

Next up, we left the Xperia C3 on a looped video playback and it once again the smartphone posted a great score – over 12 hours before its battery dropped down to 10%.

Video time

  • LG G Flex 19:57h
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active 12:51h
  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260 12:51h
  • Nokia Lumia 1520 12:31h
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 12:30h
  • BlackBerry Q5 12:28h
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual 12:22h
  • Huawei Ascend Mate 12:18h
  • Sony Xperia Z2 12:16h
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE 12:10h
  • Sony Xperia Z3 11:47h
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo 11:38h
  • Nokia Lumia 710 3:27h

Just like most of the Xperia phones we’ve tested through the past year, the Xperia C3, whether using one or two SIM cards, posted a solid stand-by endurance. All those great scores lead to the amazing endurance of 91 hours, which means you can count on it lasting almost 4 days if you do an hour each of talking, web browsing and playing videos per day.

Make note that our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating. Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.