It is true that one of the main drawbacks of using 4G LTE technology is the significantly decreased battery life. While 4G does provide blazingly fast network speeds, it comes with at the price of the smartphone's battery life. And for some, the price to pay to adopt LTE is simply not worth it. One particular company that shares such belief is of course, Apple. Even though several Android handsets have already adopted LTE, Apple still refuses to implement it citing the reason that its chipset are too big and highly power intensive. And now it seems that smartphone manufacturer HTC has found its LTE implementation to be a big mistake.
Last quarter, HTC's profit drop by about 26%, citing the heavy competition from both Apple and Samsung. But according to the company's CFO Winston Yung, the lukewarm reception for its fall devices was due to their implementation of LTE while sacrificing battery life. And it was regarded as a big mistake. But HTC is committed to fix the issue for its next product cycle. Fewer but better phones in 2012 seems to be the new mantra of the company.
If anyone can recall, HTC is one of the very first to introduce LTE capable smartphones in the market. But by insisting on using first-generation LTE chipset, its devices will have to do away with a thinner form factor and deal with considerably lower battery life. Rumor has it that the return rate of the HTC Thunderbolt was quite high because it only manages to last four to six hours after a full charge while 4G is enabled.
But there is no indication that HTC will be giving up LTE altogether for this year. Instead, it will have to wait for a new Qualcomm chip that is much smaller and more battery efficient. Given that the iPhone 4S is currently using a Qualcomm chip, it is expected that an LTE iPhone is bound to hit the market soon. [via Electronista]Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback