Snapdragon X Elite Battery Life Tested: Can It Beat Apple's M3?

New Snapdragon X Elite laptops promise long battery life. See how they compare to Apple's M3 MacBooks in this head-to-head battery test.

Snapdragon X Elite Laptops Tested Against MacBooks on Battery Life: Not Quite There Yet

The new Snapdragon X Elite ARM processor from Qualcomm promised a battery life revolution for Windows laptops, hoping to finally rival Apple's impressive endurance. Tom's Hardware put these claims to the test, focusing on the battery performance of several Snapdragon X Elite-powered devices.

Snapdragon X Elite Laptops

The Results are In: Promising but Not Revolutionary

Using a web browsing test over Wi-Fi at 150 nits screen brightness, here's how the Snapdragon X Elite laptops fared:

Model Battery Life Screen Battery
Surface Pro 12h 14m 13", 2880x1920, OLED 53 Wh
Surface Laptop 13.8 15h 37m 13.8", 2304x1536, IPS 54 Wh
Surface Laptop 15 14h 29m 15", 2496x1664, IPS 66 Wh
HP Omnibook X 15h 48m 14", 2240x1400, IPS 59 Wh

The Surface Pro, while exceeding its predecessor (Surface Pro 9 with Microsoft SQ3) by a small margin, only reached 12 hours and 14 minutes. Other Snapdragon X Elite laptops performed better, with the HP Omnibook X leading the pack at 15 hours and 48 minutes.

Snapdragon X Elite Laptops

The Apple Comparison: A Battery Size Advantage

While impressive, these results still fall short of Apple's M3-powered MacBooks. The 14-inch MacBook Pro achieved 17 hours and 16 minutes, while the 16-inch model, equipped with the more powerful M3 Max, reached 17 hours and 11 minutes.

It's important to note that the MacBooks have significantly larger batteries (70 Wh and 100 Wh respectively) compared to their Windows counterparts. This difference in battery capacity likely contributes to the disparity in battery life. However, even when accounting for battery size, the Snapdragon X Elite laptops haven't quite closed the gap with Apple's M3 chips in terms of power efficiency.

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