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.