Talk time lowered on AT&T's variant of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820

Talk time lowered on AT&T's variant of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820
Let's face it, in this day and age battery life and talk time really matter when you are weighing the decision of which smartphone to purchase. This certainly explains the popularity of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX. The latter, with it's massive 3300mAh battery and 21 hour talk time, has been one of Verizon's top sellers since being introduced. The experiment went so well that Motorola is repeating it with the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD.

Those not so fortunate to own a phone with such a high capacity cell  must end up carrying a charger with them to take advantage of a free outlet whenever they can find one. In the car, perhaps more people are using their cigarette lighter for charging than for smoking (not that this would be a bad thing). So it might be upsetting to those who have been looking to purchase the Nokia Lumia 920 or Nokia Lumia 820 from AT&T. Nokia's website recently listed some battery related specs for both the AT&T model and the international model of the flagship Nokia Lumia 920 and it shows that changes have been made somewhere.

The AT&T variant of the Nokia Lumia 920 has lower talk time

The AT&T variant of the Nokia Lumia 920 has lower talk time

When the Nokia Lumia 920 was introduced last month, the 2000mAh battery on board was said to provide for "all day use". While Nokia's site shows 10 hours of talk time for the phone based on 3G use, the AT&T version has been cut to 9 hours. Standby time has been cut from 400 hours on the global model to 320 on the AT&T edition while the maximum music listening time dropped from 67 hours to 52 on the stateside version. For those looking at the mid-range Nokia Lumia 820, the AT&T model is expected to offer 7.5 hours of 3G talk time versus 8 hours overseas. Standby hours drop from 330 to 260 while music playback time goes from 55 hours to 43 hours.

We don't know what accounts for the difference in these times. The battery itself appears not to have been changed from one version to the other meaning that it could be a firmware matter or something in the way AT&T's pipeline works. And there are going to be many out there wondering if a difference of just 1 hour in talk time is even worth mentioning. To those, we ask you to remember how it felt the last time your smartphone battery expired and each subsequent minute felt like hours.

While the downsized talk time probably isn't enough of a hurdle that potential buyers of either phone will quickly run to the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, battery life and talk time remain such a major smartphone issue that Google has apparently addressed it in Android 4.2 with Project (honk, honk) Roadrunner.

source: Nokia via WPCentral

Related phones

Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(10.8h 3G talk time)
Lumia 820
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1650 mAh(8.1h 3G talk time)

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14 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I guess Nokia is stuck to the same principles of physics as everyone else?

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Evactly bro. Just carry a charger, neither of my phones get the greatest battery life so I bring a charger for which ever one I'm using that day.

3. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Public Relations nightmare, those darn laws......

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Extended battery cases will be available for the 820

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Why only the L820? Why not also for the L920? I could see a Mophie Juice Pack case+battery for the L920.

14. isssak

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Would be awesome to see a slim case that works via the wireless charging...

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Someone please clarify. If I buy the AT&T version but use it on a 3G network battery consumption would be like 10,400,67?

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Depends. It'll search for LTE if it can

5. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Perplexing. Not sure what would cause this to happen unless Nokia is being conservative with the numbers for the US version or maybe that ATTs network causes more battery consumption with more pings being required to stay in touch with the signal but I highly doubt that. Just a crazy guess.

8. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I dont think the lower times is cause for concern. It is interesting tho. Maybe its some AT&T services running in the background?

10. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Probably because AT&T have more towers that the phone is recycling through. Doesn't make a difference to me because my phone is always kept in 2G unless I'm web browsing.

11. smartandcool3

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

Well It won't be a problem for everyone because other persons across the world will be using the "Global Edition" of Nokia Lumia 920.

12. yt6nin

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

May be it was an attempt to slightly cut costs for production... But Nokia should've put in at least a 2100~2500mAh, and hopefully bring up their sales, if that's what they want...

13. Jkidd569

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well thats not really a deal breaker because if you compare it to the Galaxy SIII, its battery life is slighlty better

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