Aug 18 AT 9:42 AM Nick Gray 4 Comments

HTC One remix battery: mid-range capacity, full day charge


For as many features as today phones have, battery power is typically the one spec that gets overlooked the most. We all love our megapixels, quad-core processors and massive displays, but none of those things matter much if the battery used to power them can’t keep your phone alive more than a few hours. Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen manufacturers cram larger and larger batteries into their flagship phones, but mid-range devices always seemed to get kicked to the curb.

The 2,100 mAh battery crammed into the HTC One remix isn’t that big when compared the HTC One (M8)’s 2,600 mAh battery or the LG G3′s 3,000 mAh cell, but that doesn’t really seem to matter. As we’ve stated before, the HTC One remix is powered by the latest quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, which is extremely power efficient, and the phone’s 4.5-inch display – the main source of power consumption – is only 720p. This means that the processor doesn’t have to work very hard when playing games or surfing the web, giving the One remix class-defying lasting power.

To give you an idea of what that means, the HTC One remix typically has a 20-25 percent charge after being used all day (6:30 a.m. until 10:15 p.m.) with more than three and a half hours of screen-on time. Those who are not addicted to Twitter and mobile gaming and don’t have four separate Gmail accounts synced to their phone should be able to get through a day and a half without needing to charge the One remix. On one occasion we left the One remix at home for the weekend and returned to find that the battery had only drained to 57 percent after two and a half days.

We’re still a ways off from a mid-range device being able to last a full two days, but we’re more than happy with the HTC One remix’s performance since we know the phone will still have a charge at the end of the day.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • thel0nerang3r

    For me, a two day battery capacity has never been a “must have”. I can’t be awake for 48 hours, I would take a nap somewhere in there and that’s when I would be near an outlet.

  • p51d007

    My Ascend Mate2 gets 2-3 days battery life EASY! My old G Note1, even with a new battery couldn’t go 1/2 day without finding a source to charge it up. Not having to worry about charging it, because of heavy use is nice. I’ve been turned into a convert. No more “flagships” for me. All they are good for is draining a battery quicker. The Mate2, even with a 6.1″ screen, 720p, snap400, 2gb ram and a 4000mAH battery to me, is a better value ($300) than spending 700 bucks or more on something with a 2k screen that will drain your battery, even on a low brightness setting. I use 1500 minutes or more on the phone per month along with a lot of email, photos, web use and text and at the end of the day, I still have 70% battery left. If you don’t play 3d games, don’t watch movies on your phone (why would you stare at a small screen to do that?), then why pay the premium for a device, that 90% of the people will never come close to taxing out?

  • Tony Morgan

    The battery should be at least 2800mAh with power saving mode. This battery has only 2100mAh battery backup which I don’t think is much effective for any Android based Smartphones. The other thing that worried me a lot is charging of these batteries frequently turn by turn. Well, but I recently purchased a 6 Port USB Charger through which I can charge up to 6 Android as well as iOS based Smartphones in any ratio with rapid charging process.

  • Dalton

    What a depressing yet adorable rookie assignment. It’s an article explaining the short term battery life of a midrange phone nobody cares about. Engadget here I come!
    How cute is this?? <3