HTC One performs amazingly well in battery endurance tests

by: Ankit BanerjeeMarch 11, 2013


A lot of HTC smartphone users have had complaints about the poor battery life of their devices, a concern compounded with the fact the recent HTC devices feature uni-body designs, making the batteries non-removable. If you were considering picking up a HTC One, but were worried about the battery performance, fear no more!

According to battery endurance tests done by Expert Reviews, the 2,300 mAh battery of the HTC One managed close to 17 hours of 3G talk-time, and more notably, lasted an amazing 8 hours and 32 minutes in video playback! With numbers like these, getting a full day of usage with one charge, which has become increasingly difficult, should not be a problem anymore. The review does state that the review unit did not feature the final software version, but assuming that the final release will only make things more efficient, the battery test results are great.

htc one battery test

To put these numbers in perspective, a recent battery test of the Sony Xperia Z, which features a slightly larger battery at 2,330 mAh, showed that while the Xperia Z lasted for 16 hours of 3G talk-time, the video playback test gave a result of just 5 hours and 39 minutes. Granted, the Xperia Z does feature a larger display, but that shouldn’t result in a difference of more than 3 hours.

We’ll be looking at a lot of other battery tests once the HTC One is officially released later this month, but for now, the initial results are certainly impressive. Battery life could well become one of the many reasons to buy the HTC One.

What are your thoughts? Are you worried about the battery performance of the HTC One? Were you surprised/impressed by the test results? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Good Job HTC & Qualcom!

  • uenfone

    Not bad.

  • a22matic

    If those numbers are true, then this is another good sign for HTC. I’m purchasing the One anyway, so I’m encouraged with these stats.

    • steves1111

      I like the One, but nervous about having to replace things like the LCD or battery. I fix my own iPhones, but they said this one is unfixable without damaging the frame

  • chengh

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  • cycad007

    Good job, HTC! Its a step in the right direction.

  • After my Amaze, I am on the verge of buying the S4! I have had HTC phones since the G1 and both love them and hate them. The battery on the Amaze is terrible, in just over a year, I have replaced the phone twice once with a brand new one including battery, and once with a refurbished unit, no battery, and one brand new battery. And I am sure that it was all battery related, so it scares me to think that the battery is not removable. I am going to have to read some pretty good reviews before I commit to this one.

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  • kascollet

    I’ll wait for some tech site to run serious comparative battery life benchmarks before putting my faith in such numbers. Without screen brightness and workload calibration, those mean nothing.

    • John C

      The verge has stated it has poor battery :( Thats a real shame.

      • kascollet

        Yes, I just saw the review. It’s sad.

        • bigfly

          I don’t trust verge.

      • aakash

        It doesn’t say which network they tested on… probably 4g as the verge review is so much opposite all the reviews i see online…

        • John C

          They actually said they didnt have the 4g version

        • John C

          They actually said they didnt have the 4g version

      • Tai Nguyen

        the verge is the only reviewer out there give the htc one a low score on battery and overall. everyone else love it and give it 9 or 9.5/10.

      • steves1111

        Read up on the experts test. The One gets really good score

      • phreezerburn

        There isn’t a more Apple-centric site outside of Cupertino itself.

  • Octobersown1993

    They need to make a good battery case for this phone….I WANT THIS PHONE THOUGH…. now I want to see what the gs4 will look like

  • dkn2411

    HTC One community for every fan out there. Share your experience, learn about amazing HTC One world and get to know other owners.

  • Beautiful phone! Samsheep should consider this and the Xperia Z instead of ugly S4

    • GalaxyNoteFTW96

      sad part is… the phone isnt even out yet. Logic much?

  • Aakash

    I am Using iphone 4s and even tried iphone 5 None of its battery lasts anyways… I truly now feel to get Android phone as Ios doesnt offer much in india … i mean most of the services are not supported… No matter what reviews come HTC One has win me over any other phone… Just waiting for it to release… cant wait to get bad boy in ma hand… just confuse though between white/silver or black …. any suggestions with logics ???

  • Greg Lamb

    Sounds impressive, but in the real world a large gauge of battery life depends on your carrier signal in the places you frequent the most. I’m not one to switch everything off so that I get further through the day on an Android when I don’t have to do it on iOS. In my life, iPhones always last longer through the day than any other Android device that I’ve owned. My last Android was a S3 (3G) and my boss has the S3 (LTE) and iPhone5 lasts us longer thought the day. I really hope the One will be a good performer as it sounds like the Android phone to switch fro iOS for.

  • DMoski

    That is definitely impressive, however, my issue with my other HTC phones has always been having to replace the battery after owning the devices for a while. Eventually the battery has to be swapped. A non-removable battery makes me hesitate.

  • john

    seems impressive ;-) I would like to hear similar stories from the actual users. Design is super; I am considering to buy HTC One it instead of new Galaxy S4.

  • Steve Jewbs

    One phone to rule them all

  • rafostruga

    Htc the best

  • inseltraum

    Especially because the Nexus 4 is second here, I can’t help but doubt the battery life of the One. Other than that one figure, the Nexus 4’s battery life is crap and not even remotely comparable to e.g. the iPhone 5’s, and honestly, who uses their smartphone for calls for 16 hours without break? Maybe HTC will manage to surprise nonetheless, but, again, I doubt it.

  • Tai Nguyen

    good job htc one. buying this phone when it comes out, won’t even think twice.

  • Ho Yat Fan

    Have a simple novice question:
    1. Lion or LiPo battery normally can be charged for 1000 cycles?
    2. Common for smartphone users to use over 137% battery/day, ie 1.37 cycles?
    If so, HTC One and most other smartphones with non-removable batteries are designed for use for 2 years only?

    • Ho Yat Fan

      Why is it that my above messages (just posted) is ordered to the bottom?

  • I have wanted an HTC smart phone for a long time now. I always like the features and looks of the phones but the one thing The HTC phones I likes had in common were poor batteries. No matter how great a phone is, if it dies half way through the day, it’s just an expensive paper weight. I am hoping the One has a better battery and that Verizon carries it or a similar version. I love the looks of the Droid DNA but have heard the battery is better than in the past but still below average.

  • lewis

    I am coming from a jailbroken iPhone 5 to the HTC one. You guys clearly are not using the phone like I am. I like brightness turned up and most settings turned on for my phones. This phone lasts about 50-60% the time of my iPhone.

    • lewis

      Also. This phone seems rather buggy. I miss the stability of my iPhone jailbreak which I never thought I would ever say…