HTC 10
HTC 10 Android-based smartphones are displayed during the launch event in Taitung, Taiwan April 12, 2016. Reuters/Tyrone Siu

The iPhone 7 is one of the best mobile phones in the world, but if there’s one thing about the Apple smartphone that is often criticised, it’s the battery. It’s considerably limited in this day and age. The HTC 10, on the other hand, may not be on the same level as the iPhone popularity-wise, but it’s a more-than-capable device with potent specs. Let’s see how the two flagships fare against one another in a battery comparison.

The iPhone 7 sports a 1,960 mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery. While it’s definitely an upgrade over its predecessor, it’s actually one of the least powerful smartphone batteries in the business. The iPhone 7 can endure 40 hours of music playback or 14 hours of phone calls.

Apple’s latest flagship cannot be charged wirelessly, which is rather unfortunate. The iPhone 7’s new and energy-efficient A10 processor helps its battery last longer. The handset’s Low-Power mode can also prevent the battery from being drained rapidly once it hits below 20 percent.

The HTC 10, meanwhile, equips a more powerful 3,000 mAh non-removable lithium-ion battery. That kind of muscle is just right for a smartphone with a 5.2-inch display. The phone can last 27 hours of talk time and provide about 19 days of standby time.

With moderate use, the HTC 10 can easily last a whole day. And when unused overnight, the battery drop also isn’t significant at only 4 percent. While the HTC 10 also lacks wireless charging support like the iPhone 7, it makes up for it with its Quick Charge 3.0 feature, which lets the handset reach 100 percent levels in less than an hour. The iPhone 7, in comparison, can take up to 2 hours and 20 minutes to be fully charged.

Recently, TechRadar put both handsets to the test via a series of battery-draining tasks. The iPhone 7 and the HTC 10 went through the same chores: 90 minutes each of web browsing, YouTube playback, gaming and native video playback. After the web browsing test, the iPhone 7 had 58 percent remaining battery life while the HTC 10 had 75 percent.

The iPhone 7 further struggled during the YouTube test and was left with just 20 percent after the task was done. The HTC 10, on the other hand, held its ground with 46 percent power. The Apple handset didn’t even make it through the gaming test and finished with a total performance time of only 3 hours and 44 minutes.

The HTC 10 completed the third test with 3 percent remaining battery life before bowing out during the final native video test. HTC’s flagship lasted a total of 4 hours and 45 minutes.


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