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Does the HTC One (M8) have better battery life with WP8?

It's official: HTC is releasing a new version of its flagship HTC One (M8) with Windows Phone 8 onboard instead of Android.

That news has been rumored for a long time, but the bigger scoop is that the WP8 version reportedly has better battery life.

That wouldn't necessarily be so unusual, if not for the fact that the two versions of the HTC One (M8) have completely identical hardware.

That's a pretty good indication that Windows Phone 8 inherently drains less battery power than current versions of Android.

Surprising numbers

The HTC One (M8)'s 2,600mAh battery is said to last for 22 hours of talk time and 528 hours in standby with Windows Phone 8, whereas the older Android version - with otherwise identical specs - gets 20 and 496 hours respectively.

These numbers come straight from HTC's official specifications for these two devices.

And the times cited by Verizon - the Windows Phone 8 HTC One (M8)'s sole carrier at the moment - show an even more drastic difference: just 12 hours of usage time and 12.2 days on standby for the Android version, and 21 hours/15.5 days for the WP8 version.

It appears Verizon and HTC used different criteria to evaluate the phones' batteries, which helps explain the discrepancy between what the carrier and the phone's maker claim. But regardless, they agree that the WP8 version has superior battery life.

We asked both HTC and Verizon about these numbers, and spokespeople for both companies said they're looking into them. We'll update here if they're able to find anything out.














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