HTC says customers want thin models over more battery life

HTC says customers want thin models over more battery life
The HTC One X battery life charted

The HTC One X battery life charted

Taiwan based HTC says that when it comes to its handsets, thin is in. The handset manufacturer says that its customers have told them that a thin form factor, like that seen on its HTC One series, is appreciated more than longer lasting batteries. The tech manufacturer's Bjorn Kilburn, the man in charge of the firm's Portfolio Strategy, says that somewhere lies a balance between a thin device that gets the public excited, and room for a larger battery that gives users a full day of heavy usage without requiring a recharge.

HTC says that it has no plans on the table to disseminate a firmware update that would specifically improve the life of the battery on the HTC One X (1800mAh), HTC One S (1650mAh) or the HTC One V (1500mAh). The high-end flagship HTC One X has a power management problem as we told you. A developer of a custom ROM for the device blames the problem on a misplaced NVIDIA app which was installed in the wrong folder. The problem is draining 10% to 20% of the unit's battery life when users need every second that they can squeeze out of the cell. The good news is that HTC has released a software fix that will eliminate the power management problem and restore the 10% to 20% battery life that had been lost. The update also repairs bugs that caused the phone to reboot or freeze.

So what would you rather see in your smartphone, a thin sleek design that turns heads or a larger battery that turns on at the end of the day after constantly being in use during working hours. Drop us a comment in the box below.

source: PocketLint

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62 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Motorola has it down with their new laser manufacturing method. the Droid Razr MAXX is roughly as thin as the One X with a 3300mAh battery. Droid has NO concessions! >;]

8. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

One problem Moto has with that is that it is only on Verizon they could have made more and sold more if they didn't make it exclusive to Verizon

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, you guys just don't know what you're missing. i do wish that Moto would reach out more to the other carriers.

25. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

There's actually a GSM version of the RAZR MAXX coming to town :p Though it's first drop offs are in the Middle East and Europe, global availability is certain (question is when). :p http://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_razr_maxx_headed_to_europe_the_middle_east_in_may-news-4048.php

12. stealthd unregistered

Non-removeable battery and the Razr's huge border are two big concession.

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

One X has a non-removable battery too. the Razr is kind of a wide phone but it's not really baaad. o:

21. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

As is its pitiful display.

23. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

hur hur, okay, let's knock on the 2011 phone for it's non-HD display. that's fair.

38. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Watching movies on netflix on my RAZR is MUCH better than watching them with my 4th gen iTouch. Trust me when you see a movie on the RAZR you will see the screen is quite beautiful.

49. Leo_MC

Posts: 6117; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why don't you watch the movies on a big screen TV and use the phone... as a phone?!

51. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

just GTFO...now.

53. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Ill prefer better battery backup anyday as long as the fone is not unreasonably fat (> 12mm)

54. Leo_MC

Posts: 6117; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You're a movie watcher - level asian? F* phones, my eyes worth more; one must be really masochistic to watch movies on a 15" laptop display, to watch them on a 7-10" tablet is stupid and to watch them on 4-5" phone is the highest level of dumbness.

55. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

just because you're not capable of doing it doesn't mean it's stupid...

58. Leo_MC

Posts: 6117; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Agree: it's not stupid, it's dumb.

14. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Ugly design, last year's display, dual-core, and worse camera. Other than that, no concessions.

19. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

uh...no. YOU think it has an ugly design, everybody else loves it so that's where you're getting your start from. it's last year's phone but you know what? it still does great and the only reason i brought it up was because of it's slimness and it's large sized battery. Motorola never has had the best cameras but they're not bad either so whatever man. don't hate because Moto's great! ;P

43. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

The reason I hate the design is because Moto went bezel-crazy on it, and it just feels weird to hold. If your looking for slimness with a massive battery, then that's the phone for you. I was just pointing out that it DOES have concessions

50. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's a very small one IF you even pay attention to it.

24. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

ugly design you say, yet you have the evo 3d for your avatar?

26. Orbitman

Posts: 110; Member since: Oct 09, 2011

PWND!!!!!

44. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

My phone doesn't have more bezel than screen space, it actually has very little bezel. If that's what you want, its a free country and you can have that or even an iPhone if you think its better, but it doesn't mean it is.

47. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well you're the only one that seems to think it's a big deal. xD

32. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

But you pay because Motorola has an irrational hatred of homebrew ROMs and developers.

2. GeekMovement unregistered

I personally prefer a longer lasting battery than a super slim phone. Like previous comment the Droid Razr MAXX was a great example.

3. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I agree but would like to phrase it better, we shouldn't have to choose between the two options. Phones should have both a long lasting battery life as well as s slim profile. RAZR MAXX is a great example but I think that the technology needs to improve as well. The S4 being better at not draining the battery is a step in the right direction.

4. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

@ KingKurogiii exactly i wonder what customers there are talking about, Htc phones had always have 1 major problem and thats the battery life if they fix this they will surly sell more phone, and thats common sense.

5. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

@ KingKurogiii exactly i wonder what customers there are talking about, Htc phones had always have 1 major problem and thats the battery life if they fix this they will surly sell more phone, and thats common sense.

6. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I guess I just been so accustomed to battery life not lasting, I have charger at my desk. I want longer lasting battery and keep it slim, I carry phone in my shirt pocket most of the time. Both, I want both. I agree with Captain_Doug if the Razr Maxx can squeeze in a battery why not HTC?

7. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

If his statement is true, this proves once more that average people (big majority) is more concerned about look than functionality and that's what cell phone companies are more compelled to work on. Geeks? Who cares... we want $$$.

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