Nexus 5x Battery Life Thread

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Max2mus

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@Max2mus your problem in idle drain is fixed??because i have same problem as you

No. I still have the drain unfortunately.
But I'm pretty confident it is connected with my home wifi because I see NETLINK wakelock taking most of the time + without wifi or flight mode phone is sleeping like a baby. The funny thing is that at work everything is fine with wifi.
I guess something is messed up with my Virgin Superhub router (which is Netgear technically). I'm trying all sorts of stuff currently - changing channels, frequencies, assigning static IPs etc - still no luck.
 

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iamterence

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Brand new 5X, not rooted, running stock 7.1.2

Getting about 2-2.5 hrs SOT. Why am I only getting that?

I see my cell signal standby is the second highest battery user and is not green, is that the problem?

Please help!
Because the battery life on this phone sucks.

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Brand new 5X, not rooted, running stock 7.1.2

Getting about 2-2.5 hrs SOT. Why am I only getting that?

I see my cell signal standby is the second highest battery user and is not green, is that the problem?

Please help!
Yoir signal if is too bad normally that your battery life would be shorter.But even if with good gsm signal you womt have maximum 3 :30/3:40 screen on time with relatively short uptime.

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Hello everyone. Some battery stats from 1st session of Android Oreo.
ElementalX kernel, stock oreo system, big Cluster disabled. Using the A53 cores @ 1.5ghz. Gpu @ 490mhz. Greenify for automatic screen off hibernation. Usage includes web browsing and watching videos.
Not intensive use. But lasted over 2 days with 5hr SOT. I am impressed.
 

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Maximum what I can get with this phone is 2.5 sot, full stock.
Well of course. If you don't use a custom ROM or at the very least a custom kernel and make adjustments to the kernel to increase battery life it's gonna suck. I would suggest either ElementalX or Phasma. I average about 3.5 hours SOT, but I don't ever let my phone drop below 25% so I could most likely get a lot more if I pushed it. Let me know if you want details about my setup, I've tried most kernel here and finally settled on a setup​ that works well.
 
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Well, I was thinking about rooting my phone and installing a new kernel but keeping the stock ROM. I will be glad if you're gonna help me with the setting and tweaks to be made.
 

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Hello everyone. Some battery stats from 1st session of Android Oreo.
ElementalX kernel, stock oreo system, big Cluster disabled. Using the A53 cores @ 1.5ghz. Gpu @ 490mhz. Greenify for automatic screen off hibernation. Usage includes web browsing and watching videos.
Not intensive use. But lasted over 2 days with 5hr SOT. I am impressed.

Hi mate. Can you explain me how to dosable the big cluster ? I can only disable on of them. If I disable the second one, the fist I disabled turn On automatically.
 

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Hi mate. Can you explain me how to dosable the big cluster ? I can only disable on of them. If I disable the second one, the fist I disabled turn On automatically.
Install ElementalX kernel manager app. In cpu options you can choose number of cores. Disable cpu5 and cpu4. Or you can also set the max big cores online to 0.
 
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I'm getting max 2.5hrs on Oreo. Stock but rooted w/ Magisk, mostly in airplane mode, brightness around 10-20% as indoors. Pretty sucks.
Installed factory images and phone only 6 months old

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Edit: Apps, for example Brave, indicate battery capacity is 1400mah: 15% use is 214ma
Try a custom kernel. ElementalX for example. Also check out the Interactive governor profiles thread to find a profile that suits your type of usage. Also i recommend Greenify app to auto hibernate stubborn apps. If nothing works take the phone to service centre and ask them to take a look at battery.
 
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Hello everybody ?
After testing some CPU governors (and all of these profiles who promise lot of battery) and io schedulers I will recommand to some users to use conservative and noop because since Android 7 our device is smooth enough to use this kind of governor.
You can also adjust them by lowering CPU frequencies to 960 MHz without any lags but if you decide to lower you CPU at this frequencies I will recommand you to use franco kernel or tasker to create profiles for heavy games and Android camera.
By using franco kernel and any rom and lspeed and applying these settings you can easily reach 4hours of sot.
As many professionnal devs are saying playing with new governors don't worth it as stock Androids govs are now developed enough to bring us power and stability.
 

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Hello everyone. Some battery stats from 1st session of Android Oreo.
ElementalX kernel, stock oreo system, big Cluster disabled. Using the A53 cores @ 1.5ghz. Gpu @ 490mhz. Greenify for automatic screen off hibernation. Usage includes web browsing and watching videos.
Not intensive use. But lasted over 2 days with 5hr SOT. I am impressed.

Almost the same settings as sasank360 :

Stock Android Oreo | ElementalX Kernel | Greenify | Both big clusters disabled only differnce is i got Gpu at 600mhz | Medium/Heavy Usage
With a SOT of: 4h 49M

On stock android oreo and stock android nougat i had a terrible battery life of around 1h and 1h30 SOT Average, with the same apps installed.
I also ordered a new battery because i immediatly tought that was the cause of the draining. I will make a post about the new battery if it does make any improvement.
 

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Almost the same settings as sasank360 :

Stock Android Oreo | ElementalX Kernel | Greenify | Both big clusters disabled only differnce is i got Gpu at 600mhz | Medium/Heavy Usage
With a SOT of: 4h 49M

On stock android oreo and stock android nougat i had a terrible battery life of around 1h and 1h30 SOT Average, with the same apps installed.
I also ordered a new battery because i immediatly tought that was the cause of the draining. I will make a post about the new battery if it does make any improvement.
Got 5h of sot with Jolla (cause franco is actually not working) , Big clusters off, conservative gov with my tweaks, Lspeed,greenify.
I had 2h of sot with same use on stock before...
Don't know if Google devs are just stupid or if they want that we buy an other phone but it's crazy.
 
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Proof of my sot just in case
 

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7 hours SOT over 2 full days of usage with 100% stock apps and Oreo, everything enabled, including Google Now + Assistant + App, Location services & scanning, NFC... no battery saver / airplane mode. My cellular reception quality is over the top (same for WiFi) so I can have a lot of battery put into other stuff than powering the antennas.
 

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Can we take a moment to discuss the neutered 8.0 battery stats? No more detailed graph, no way to see GPS, WiFi or mobile data time. Less detailed information in general which will make it harder to diagnose issues, but in exchange we get screen time on a per app basis. Yay?

Oh and "Memory" from the settings is now hidden in the developer options along with Running Services.

Anyways, so far 8.0 stock battery life seems similar to stock 7.1.2 for me which is around 5 hours SoT over 1.5 days. Locations and BT disabled as usual but also the newly defaulted developer option which keeps mobile data enabled during WiFi I've switched off.
 

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I've had my current 5x for nearly a year now. My first one that I ordered on release day got the bootloop issue. This was actually my first phone I didn't mod or install a custom ROM. It's probably because I used to want a more vanilla experience and now have it so I didn't find it necessary. Over the 2 years I've probably only topped out around 4.5 hours SOT only because I was watching offline YouTube videos during a couple flights. Regular use I averaged 3 hours give or take 30 minutes. On days I got less SOT I got through the day and on days I got more I would have to charge mid-day.

I don't know how you guys can "easily" get 4 or 5+ hours AND get through a day or two but more power to you. Pun intended. [emoji23]

I can't wait to upgrade to the Pixel 2 XL already. [emoji4]

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    I think the best test without actually having the phone yet is to compare the battery life of the Nexus 5X to the original Nexus 5 of 2013 under the same test conditions.

    The Ars Technica test showed the Nexus 5 getting 400 minutes and the Nexus 5X getting 548 minutes using the same test. That is a 37% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

    The Phone Arena test showed the Nexus 5 getting 4 hr 50 min and the Nexus 5X getting 6 hr 25 min using the same test. That is a 33% improvement of the Nexus 5X compared to the Nexus 5.

    Nexus 5 battery life (Ars Technica):
    http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Nexus-5-review.012.png

    Nexus 5X battery life (Ars Technica):
    http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-conte...view-chart-template-final-full-width.0121.jpg

    Nexus 5 battery life (Phone Arena):
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Golden-middle-our-Nexus-5-battery-life-test-is-here_id49127

    Nexus 5X battery life (Phone Arena):
    http://www.phonearena.com/news/Google-Nexus-5X-battery-life-test-results-are-out_id74852


    Based on those comparisons I'd expect the Nexus 5X to get about 35% better battery life compared to the Nexus 5 during actual usage. When I first got my Nexus 5 I was getting just barely 4 hours screen on time. At a 35% increase the Nexus 5X should get like 5.5 hours screen on time.

    I can live with that. Plus, stand by time should be improved with Doze.

    My Nexus 5X is coming late next week. I'll just have to wait and see how it goes.
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    No need to do a complete drain and full charge cycle on modern batteries. That's a relic from old times. Actually it's best not to let the battery drain completely.

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    Hi

    Do any of you feel that having ambient display on will hurt the battery. I've held my phone upside down (like it would be in my pocket) and I can shake the phone and get the screen on. So, I'm wondering how often it's turning on in my pocket.

    From what I can tell when the phone is covered ambient display doesn't come on as the proximity sensor knows it is covered up, try it with your hand over the sensor and pick up the phone, no ambient display, so no it will not turn on in your pocket, happy days. :D

    Regards

    Phil

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    Hi

    I'm not understanding how ambient display works anyway given the display is lcd. Highly inefficient no?

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    Ambient display is nothing new, you used to be able to set Android phones to turn the display on when a notification came through yonks ago, the only difference today is they can optimise the power draw on AMOLED displays by making it all black with white text, add features like pick up to wake etc.

    For an LCD display you are correct in that ambient display uses the same power as if the screen was full on, but it is only on for a few seconds so overall isn't going to make very much difference, and if it is on a desk or table and we can see the notification isn't important, we've saved some power anyway from not going into the phone and reading it. I'm pretty sure as well doze mode will turn off ambient display, so it's not lighting up at night when the phone has been idle for a while and we are unlikely to be with it, plus it doesn't operate when it's in a pocket or covered case.

    If we say ambient display is on for 4 seconds and it gets triggered 100 times a day (unlikely for most), that's around 7 minutes taken from our screen on time, so probably not noticeable overall, but if that has saved us turning on the phone and reading irrelevant messages some of the time, we've probably broken even or gained some.

    Just enjoy the feature I say and not worry about battery power.

    Regards

    Phil
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    I find it pretty disappointing. Mine is coming next week but if that's the kind of battery life if get I'll likely send it back. Can't even managed a full 4 hours of real usage?

    Wow. I'd suggest cancelling the order now. Ended up with almost 4.5 hours of SOT, and it far exceeds my expectation.

    Really not sure what I would be doing to need more SOT. It's a phone.
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    150 nits is how much on the brightness scale? 50%?

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    PA showed the display on the 5X to have 487nits. So maybe 150 is about 31%?