Chart Topper: The Gionee Marathon M5 Battery Life Test Is In

By 05:56 Sat, 31 Jul 2021 Comments


Gionee Marathon M5 is one truly fascinating device. This chubby fella is heavy at 211g for a reason - the 5.5" smartphone is powered by a massive Li-Po 6,020 mAh. The mid-range chipset in charge of the Marathon M5 isn't popular as a power efficient silicone, but considering the battery size and the modest quad-core processor, it shouldn't matter that much.


The M5 utilizes a 5.5" AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screen, which may affect the power performance, too, as the AMOLEDs turned out not that remarkable performance on previous Gionee smartphones.

Enough with the introductions, let's acquire down to business, shall we?

Gionee has rated the M5 capable of making 68 hours of 2G calls and 28 hours when hooked on to a 3G network. In our testing the M5 lasted 38 hours worth of calltime on a 3G network.

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Talk time

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE

    46:44h

  • Gionee Marathon M5

    38:07h

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    33:20h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate2 4G

    33:19h

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    32:54h

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    32:53h

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    30:46h

  • OnePlus 2

    30:29h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    30:29h

  • Motorola DROID Turbo

    30:09h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM

    29:46h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM

    29:46h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    29:46h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE

    29:46h

  • Huawei Honor 5X

    29:40h

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    28:34h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    28:34h

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    28:34h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    28:31h

  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE

    28:25h

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

    28:23h

  • Huawei G8

    27:44h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    27:37h

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    26:53h

  • Huawei Mate 8

    26:45h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active

    26:29h

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    26:28h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    26:01h

  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7

    25:45h

  • LG G3

    25:38h

  • LG G Pro 2

    25:37h

  • LG G Flex

    25:19h

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    25:16h

  • LG G2

    25:15h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos

    25:12h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    25:12h

  • BlackBerry Passport

    25:12h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    25:12h

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    25:03h

  • Alcatel Hero

    25:02h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos

    25:02h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    25:02h

  • Oppo N1

    25:01h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    24:52h

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    24:23h

  • Oppo R7s

    24:03h

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    23:49h

  • LG AKA

    23:20h

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    23:13h

  • Meizu PRO 5

    23:10h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM

    23:09h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE

    23:09h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

    23:09h

  • Oppo R7

    22:58h

  • Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

    22:42h

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)

    22:36h

  • Motorola Moto X Style

    22:23h

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    22:20h

  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue

    22:16h

  • HTC One Max

    22:13h

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    22:13h

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    22:13h

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    22:13h

  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE

    22:13h

  • Lenovo ZUK Z1

    22:13h

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    22:11h

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    22:09h

  • Yota YotaPhone 2

    22:09h

  • Samsung ATIV SE

    22:05h

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    22:02h

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    21:41h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    21:39h

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    21:18h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    21:02h

  • Meizu m2 note

    20:55h

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    20:50h

  • LG Optimus G Pro E985

    20:45h

  • HTC One M9

    20:44h

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    20:42h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    20:40h

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    20:27h

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

    20:24h

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL

    20:22h

  • Motorola RAZR i XT890

    20:07h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    20:06h

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 Duos

    20:04h

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    20:04h

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    20:04h

  • Oppo Find 7

    20:03h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

    20:01h

  • BlackBerry Q10

    20:00h

  • OnePlus One

    19:56h

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    19:55h

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200

    19:54h

  • Sony Xperia SP

    19:49h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    19:48h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    19:48h

  • Sony Xperia T3

    19:48h

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    19:23h

  • HTC Butterfly S

    19:14h

We ran our web browsing script on the Gionee Marathon M5, which mimics normal browsing with a few web pages saved on our servers. The M5 managed to run the script for few minutes short of 31 hours - a really impressive score. Then again - the M5 packs a massive battery and modest specs, so it isn’t that surprising, and, in fact, it could have been better.

Web browsing

  • Gionee Marathon M5

    30:51h

  • Huawei Mate 8

    17:05h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate2 4G

    16:41h

  • Sony Xperia E4

    16:40h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active

    16:25h

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    15:11h

  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE

    15:05h

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    14:52h

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    14:35h

  • Meizu MX4

    14:06h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    13:53h

  • Huawei P8

    13:32h

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    13:26h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    13:14h

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    13:11h

  • Meizu m1 note

    13:05h

  • Huawei Honor 6

    12:59h

  • Meizu PRO 5

    12:51h

  • Sony Xperia C

    12:45h

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)

    12:42h

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    12:40h

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    12:37h

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    12:31h

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    12:30h

  • HTC One (M8)

    12:29h

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    12:27h

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    12:18h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    12:18h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos

    12:18h

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    12:17h

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    12:03h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    11:55h

  • Nokia XL

    11:54h

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    11:52h

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    11:51h

  • Sony Xperia Z3+

    11:51h

  • HTC Desire 816

    11:48h

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    11:47h

  • LG G2

    11:42h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos

    11:36h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    11:36h

  • Meizu m1 metal

    11:33h

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    11:32h

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    11:32h

  • Motorola DROID Turbo

    11:31h

  • Sony Xperia E1

    11:30h

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

    11:20h

  • HTC One Max

    11:20h

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    11:20h

  • HTC Butterfly S

    11:07h

  • Asus PadFone X

    11:07h

  • LG G2 mini

    11:02h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    11:01h

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    10:58h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    10:56h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    10:56h

  • HTC Desire 510

    10:53h

  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM

    10:52h

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    10:52h

  • Microsoft Lumia 532

    10:52h

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM

    10:50h

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

    10:50h

  • Lenovo ZUK Z1

    10:46h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    10:43h

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    10:39h

  • Huawei Honor 7

    10:38h

  • LG AKA

    10:38h

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    10:36h

  • Apple iPhone 6

    10:29h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    10:25h

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    10:24h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM

    10:23h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

    10:23h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE

    10:23h

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    10:18h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    10:14h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE

    10:14h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM

    10:14h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM

    10:14h

  • BlackBerry Passport

    10:12h

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    10:12h

  • BlackBerry Q5

    10:04h

  • HTC Desire Eye

    10:02h

  • HTC One (E8)

    10:02h

  • Huawei Honor 5X

    10:00h

  • Nokia Lumia 635

    10:00h

  • Huawei G8

    10:00h

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    9:58h

  • HTC One

    9:58h

  • Apple iPhone 5

    9:56h

  • Meizu m2 note

    9:54h

  • Samsung Ativ Odyssey I930

    9:54h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    9:52h

  • Sony Xperia M2

    9:48h

  • Sony Xperia E3

    9:48h

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    9:47h

  • OnePlus One

    9:46h

  • Huawei Mate S

    9:43h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    9:43h

  • Alcatel Hero

    9:40h

Finally, the video playback test should disclose you how long the M5 will last you when watching your favorite TV show on it. The M5 has enough juice to go north of 26 hours at video playback before hitting our critical 10% battery threshold. Now that's impressive!

Video playback

  • Gionee Marathon M5

    26:24h

  • LG G Flex

    19:57h

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    18:36h

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    18:04h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active

    18:03h

  • Meizu PRO 5

    18:02h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate2 4G

    18:01h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    17:52h

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    17:50h

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    16:35h

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    16:22h

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    15:03h

  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE

    14:58h

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    14:57h

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

    14:17h

  • Lenovo ZUK Z1

    14:14h

  • Oppo R7s

    14:05h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    14:04h

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    13:57h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    13:53h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    13:51h

  • Motorola DROID Turbo

    13:41h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    13:32h

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    13:12h

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    13:12h

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    13:12h

  • HTC One Max

    13:11h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    13:08h

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

    13:04h

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)

    13:04h

  • Sony Xperia C

    12:53h

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260

    12:51h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

    12:51h

  • Huawei Honor 6

    12:51h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos

    12:45h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    12:45h

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    12:41h

  • Huawei Mate 8

    12:34h

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    12:31h

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    12:30h

  • BlackBerry Q5

    12:28h

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    12:22h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    12:21h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    12:18h

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    12:16h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    12:12h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    12:12h

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE

    12:10h

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    12:06h

  • LG AKA

    11:54h

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    11:47h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    11:38h

  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7

    11:37h

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL

    11:32h

  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4

    11:29h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100

    11:27h

  • Huawei Mate S

    11:26h

  • OnePlus One

    11:23h

  • HTC One (E8)

    11:16h

  • BlackBerry Q10

    11:15h

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    11:15h

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    11:15h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    11:15h

  • Oppo N1

    11:15h

  • Meizu m1 note

    11:09h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    11:02h

  • Asus PadFone X

    11:01h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    10:47h

  • BlackBerry Passport

    10:46h

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    10:46h

  • vivo X5Max

    10:44h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    10:41h

  • vivo X5Pro

    10:41h

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM

    10:38h

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

    10:38h

  • HTC Desire Eye

    10:35h

  • LG G Flex2

    10:35h

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    10:35h

  • HTC Desire 816

    10:34h

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    10:31h

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    10:26h

  • LG G2 mini

    10:23h

  • Nokia Lumia 735

    10:20h

  • Huawei G8

    10:20h

  • Apple iPhone 5

    10:12h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    10:11h

  • HTC One (M8)

    10:11h

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    10:08h

  • Samsung ATIV SE

    10:07h

  • Sony Xperia M2

    10:04h

  • HTC First

    10:03h

  • HTC One

    10:02h

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    10:01h

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    10:01h

  • Motorola Moto X

    10:01h

  • Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus

    10:00h

  • Nokia Lumia 635

    10:00h

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    10:00h

  • Samsung Galaxy Express I8730

    10:00h

  • Huawei P8lite ALE-L04

    10:00h

Our final endurance score factors in standby battery performance as well. When using only one SIM card on the M5, it can stay on standby for more than 15 days. Opting for a second SIM card will reduce the standby performance by a day - down to 14 days.

So, Gionee Marathon M5 scored a 148h overall endurance rating with one SIM and 144 h with two SIM cards, which means you can count on the battery to last 6 days on both occasions if you do an hour each of calling, web browsing and video playback a day.


Such usage pattern is of course entirely artificial, but we've established it, so our battery results are comparable across devices. You can input a usage pattern of your own over at our full battery test score table, where you can also compare it to all of the smartphones we've tested.

Our battery testing procedure procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.

In 2016, we're transitioning to using a fixed 200nit classy screen brightness for our battery tests instead of merely positioning the brightness slider at 50% which worked out to a relatively random brightness level.

The level of 200nits, which we've chosen for our tests, has become somewhat of an industry standard. But more importantly, it's both the median and average value of the (relatively random) brightness levels at which we've tested all reviewed devices so far. This means our older battery life results will remain equally relevant and comparable as before.


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