O+ Ultra normal, power plus mode

O+ Ultra comes with PowerPlus battery saver mode

So many smartphones boast fast processors and vivid displays, but they tend to fall short on battery life. O+ Ultra claims to be different by offering an ample 4000mAh battery capacity and the PowerPlus battery saver mode.

The average battery capacity for smartphones within the 4.5- to 5.5-inch category is somewhere around 3000mAh, which is why O+ Ultra has the right to brag its larger capacity. But that doesn’t always translate to long battery life; we’ve seen several phones failing to last for a full work day and keeping their owners tied down to an outlet. A PCMark battery test conducted by the folks at YugaTech shows that the 4100mAh Huawei Mate 7 can only extend over 5 hours and 31 minutes on a single charge. The 2000mAh O+ 360 HD, on the other hand, only made it to 4 hours and 20 minutes.

Surprisingly, O+ Ultra has performed exceptionally well in their test. It reached 11 hours and 24 minutes on a single charge. Note that the PCMark battery test puts smartphones on a stress test using a standard usage scenario (simulated browsing, multimedia playback and occasional gaming). This score is impressive for the O+ Ultra, especially since it’s powered by a relatively outdated MediaTek processor. Older technology tends to be less efficient than the new, but the Ultra defies such notion.

It’s contradictory, then, that O+ USA’s own battery assessment (which they sent to GadgetPilipinas) reveals shorter hours: 5 hours and 51 minutes on online gaming and 9 hours and 26 minutes on movie playback. To be fair, they did the test with the volume and display brightness set to full. It goes to show that results may vary (duh!).

O+ Ultra photos

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O+ Ultra specs

Click here to see the O+ Ultra specs.

Operating SystemAndroid 5.0.1 Lollipop
CPU1.3GHz quad-core
MediaTek MT6582
ARMv7 Cortex-A7
GPUMali-400 MP2
Size5.5 inches
Resolution720x1280 HD, ~267ppi
Card SlotmicroSD support up to 32GB
Internal Storage8GB
Primary8 megapixels
Featuresautofocus, LED flash
Secondary5 megapixels
autofocus, LED flash
Network2G, 3G HSPA+
Frequency Bands2G GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
3G WCDMA: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz
SIMDual SIM (micro), dual standby
WLAN802.11 b/g/n
USBmicroUSB v2.0
OtherUSB On the Go
FM radio
Battery4000mAh non-removable
Battery Life5 hours, 51 min (gaming)
9 hours, 26 min (movie playback)
28 days, 8 hours (standby)
ColorDark Silver, Brown
PricePhp7,395 (official)
Php6,995 (introductory sale)
AvailabilityJune 2015

It’s safe to assume that the battery life numbers mentioned above are for the O+ Ultra’s normal mode. When you enable the PowerPlus, you can probably expect the phone to last way longer. It’s similar to the Ultra Power saving mode found in recent Samsung Galaxy phones, and it has the same catch: this power saving mode essentially turns the smartphone into a dumb, feature phone. The display is dimmed and bereft of colors, the sleep mode is activated, connectivity features are turned off, and only a limited number of apps are usable. Still, it’s a nice feature for long hours of travel.

[Source: O+ USA]

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