May 03 AT 10:18 AM Nick Gray 35 Comments

A look at HTC’s approach to improving handset battery life


Since the unveiling of the HTC One series, the main complaint we have heard about the phones was HTC’s decision to deliver devices with non-replaceable batteries. There are quite a few reasons why average users may want the ability to swap out a battery, but the main concern most people have centers around battery performance.

In the past, HTC has not had the best track record when it comes to battery life. HTC’s dual-core flagship phones from 2011 were powerful and beautifully designed, but it was nearly impossible to make it more than 10 hours on a single charge. Fortunately, HTC listened to consumers and sent their engineers back to their labs to work on the issue.

Rather than equipping the HTC One phones with massive batteries, HTC’s engineers researched every single layer of their phones to maximize power efficiencies between the chipset, networking, display, OS and application.

For the HTC One series our engineering teams spent thousands of man hours on the Battery Stamina Boost Project — an effort that impacts battery life by improving standby time, extending talk time, increasing audio and video entertainment time and increasing web browsing and social network time. When you combine this engineering effort, along with the 1800-mAh battery in the HTC One X, the real-world performance gains, as highlighted earlier, are significant.John StarkweatherHTC

The result? Compared to the HTC Sensation, the HTC One X features a larger 4.7-inch HD display and an 18% larger battery, but HTC managed to improve talk time by 147 percent, improve MP3 playback time by 105 percent, improve video playback by 39 percent and improve web browsing time by 23 percent. In order to back up its claims, HTC cites recent benchmark tests by AnandTech which proclaimed the AT&T HTC One X as the “longest lasting Android smartphone in our 3G web browsing test.”

We’re sure many of you would love an HTC phone with a 3000 mAh battery, but we applaud HTC for its effort in making their phone more power efficient without making compromises in size and design. In our testing, we found that the 1,800 mAh battery in the HTC One X lasted longer than the 2,100 mAh extended battery of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It still falls short when compared to the 3,300 mAh monster found in the RAZR MAXX, but heavy users will always have to charge their phone at least once a day until there is a major breakthrough in battery technology.

Do you think HTC took the right approach with the HTC One series? Will any of you not buy an HTC phone that features a built-in battery?

Source: HTC Blog

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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