HTC One Max battery life test: the luxury of having a 3300mAh juicer

HTC One Max battery life test: the luxury of having a 3300mAh juicer
The HTC One Max is a gigantic 6-inch smartphone with plenty of space for a large battery, and that’s why we’re not surprised see a huge 3300mAh juicer inside HTC’s first phablet. Can it provide enough juice to cover you even on your busiest days, though?

We have put the One Max through our extensive battery life test that mimics real-world usage and found it more than capable to do so. The HTC phablet scored a whopping 7 hours and 27 minutes on our battery test. This puts it at the top of our rankings, beating the already long-lasting Galaxy Note 3 by a huge margin, and leaving smaller smartphones in the dust.

The 7 hours and 27 minutes is the single-charge longevity you should get out of the HTC One Max if you use like you normally would with one exception - in our test, we don’t put it to rest not even for a second. In reality, of course, you are not glued to your screen non-stop, so you should expect it to last much more. The One Max has great stand-by performance, and if we had to translate its 7h 27m score into real-world terms, we’d say that you can easily have it last a full 24-hour day, even under the heaviest of strains. Use it without going to extremes, and you’d enjoy two to three days of use between charges. Neat!

The HTC One Max outperforms most top smartphones like the Apple iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3, but in the class of phablets, we’d say increased battery longevity is becoming the norm. That’s not to undermine HTC’s efforts - after all, having your phone last a couple of days on a single charge is a freedom that few can afford - but it’s also true that other phablets are emerging and raising the level for battery life. It's also worth mentioning that the battery on the One Max is not user-removeable.

All in all, the HTC One Max is not only big in size - it’s equally big in battery longevity. And with that gorgeous aluminum body and premium design, it might turn out to be a great choice for those looking for their first phablet.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
5h 45 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
6h 48 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 5s
5h 2 min (Poor)
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
4h 52 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
6h 8 min (Poor)
HTC One max
7h 27 min (Average)
Testing method:
As for our battery test, we use a simulation of real-life usage. A smartphone nowadays is used for much more than calling and texting, so we had to take this into account. The average smartphone user actually spends most of the time on the web and social media, and you might be surprised that this average Joe of a user actually listens to music and plays games more than he talks! To get a better understanding of that average use, feel free to take a look at the top activities we do on our smartphones.

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One max
  • Display 5.9 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2
    HTC Sense UI



26. Mariana1212

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

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24. Sadiq

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

can this phone stand against lumia 1520

23. phones522

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

I have the one max the battery is amazing. I got the powerflip case on top of the already big battery and now its around 4500. Most days I get around 15-16 hours with watching a lot of videos and playing games.

22. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Large phones with amazing battery life has made me reconsider my options when purchasing smartphones.. I travel overseas very often and love something that can be used to watch movies or just for entertainment on, and a laptop often proves to be too unweildy (despite being an ultrabook). May consider using a

21. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

It's a bit longer than the G2's life... which is a 5inch phone. So technically LG still has the king, good to know!


Posts: 99; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

This size battle is getting downright funny don't you think. Before you know it phones are going to be so big they will be considered a member of the family and need their own seat on an airplane. LOL. Size means nothing phone companies. It's the features! Pixels mean nothing. The human eye can't even appreciate them or see them! Yes, battery life is important but not to the point of insanity. Ever thought of maybe a solar angle to the battery life issue. You do realize that the reason the battery has to be so big is they keep making the screen bigger and bigger. So make the screen smaller and build a wafer thin battery that wraps around the front and back inside the phone. Try it. It may just work!

14. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Test the 1520.

15. Jayshmay

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 27, 2011

It's a windows phone, so therefore who cares? Windows is about as relevant as Blackberry is!

16. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

hey it has like twice the market share of blackberry!

13. hemedans

Posts: 763; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Where is lumia 1520 battery test?

12. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Seriously? A 3300mah battery is considered big? My galaxy s4 had a 3500 in it and i thought that was small. Plus my s4 has a inch smaller screen. I now use a 7500mah battery and even with my heavy usage i only charge it 3 times a week.

11. Hyperreal

Posts: 363; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

And the haters still claim htc one has bad battery life and as we see its better than average.

8. adrialk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Where is the Motorola Droid MAXX (XT1080M) in these battery tests?

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Give it up already.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Wao! The One Max has a badass battery life, that's awesome!

5. Teja171 unregistered

Who said, HTC phones have poor battery life ? They blew up the dirt on them with the One Max.

4. Teja171 unregistered

I wish that the next HTC M8 should have a 3000Mah battery.

3. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

if htc put these result to htc one 2 model it will blaze all over !!!

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Great battery life but HTC never gets it right when it comes to everything else..

19. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

How so? HTC has given me great call quality, build quality and camera quality is definitely up there (don't bring MP count up because it's not the only factor). I also happen to like Sense over stock Android as it adds more functionality. A thing to note, it seems every time there's an HTC article the Samsung fanboys come in droves and are becoming worse than the Apple fans.

20. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

sense 5

1. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Wow that's insane! Wish we could get similar battery life in a smaller sized phone though...

6. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

Yes. Precisely... such battery life in sub 5 inch phones would be great. BTW, bit off topic, but did phonearena delete that mobo market article?

9. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Yes they did

18. JC557

Posts: 1928; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I honestly don't care about razor thin phones and would rather have the thickness be around 9 - 11mm thick as long as it packs a larger battery and tough body so I don't feel the need to buy a case for it (so far all my phones are without cases because they are tough-ish). The extra thickness also makes the phone more comfortable to hold IMO. I'd like the future HTC One to be the same size but with a 5" display while keeping the BoomSound. The One Max is a bit too large for my tastes.

25. jboyes81

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Check out some of Motorola phones I had the Razer maxx 3300 man batt, its a pretty small phone there's a HD version to

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