Do our flighty flag­ships have the stamina of true thor­ough­breds?

Australian T3 - - STATE OF THE ART -

You’ll com­fort­ably get a day’s use from a sin­gle charge of the bat­tery

Dash­ing looks and a stel­lar cam­era don’t make a fully fledged flag­ship - the best smart­phones around also need to have enough raw, un­fet­tered grunt un­der the hood to strike fear into the engines of a F1 car, and a bat­tery that can keep go­ing lap af­ter lap.

The LG G6 comes equipped with a quad­core Snap­dragon 821 chipset and 4GB of RAM, which is a de­cent slug of power - but the chip is not the lat­est ver­sion. The new­est Snap­dragon is the 835, which can be found in the likes of the Sony Xpe­ria XZ Pre­mium, and thus the G6 is im­me­di­ately at a mus­cle dis­ad­van­tage. It has the weak­est pure per­for­mance of the three, as shown by our bench­mark­ing tests. It does claw back some self re­spect by boast­ing the largest bat­tery of the trio, at 3,300mAh, com­fort­ably giv­ing you a day of us­age from a sin­gle charge.

Mean­while the Huawei P10 fares bet­ter in the power depart­ment, with the firm’s in-house de­vel­oped octa-core Kirin 960 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM - giv­ing you more than enough power for any­thing you’d want to do on your smart­phone. With a smaller screen than the G6 and a big­ger bat­tery than the S8, the P10 should the­o­ret­i­cally per­form nicely (or slowly, should we say) when it comes to bat­tery ex­pen­di­ture. Sadly though, it doesn’t ex­cel and ends up on par with the oth­ers with a day’s use from a sin­gle charge.

The power king, how­ever, is the Gal­axy S8, with Sam­sung’s own octa-core Exynos 8895 chipset backed up with 4GB of RAM that keeps ev­ery­thing tick­ing over nicely. Run­ning the S8 through our bench­mark tests, it didn’t just beat the two other phones, it racked up a score higher than any phone we’ve laid our hands on… ever. All that power, cou­pled with the huge dis­play, also makes the S8 an ex­cel­lent VR ma­chine. We didn’t ex­pect it to last long – with the small­est power pack and the big­gest screen we feared some­what for the bat­tery life, but again it’ll last you a day on a sin­gle charge.

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