By Stephen Schenck | August 26, 2011 11:56 PM
It may seem like we’re on the verge of reaching Motorola Droid Bionic overkill, but we can’t help but get excited about the pending release of a top-tier smartphone. Earlier today, a new video showed us the Bionic in action, and now we have some first hand reports that seek to give us some insight into the LTE phone’s battery life, as well as some new renders of the handset that clearly show just how thick the Bionic will be.
LTE is a notorious battery hog, so it would be understandable to approach the Bionic with some concern over how long its battery will hold out during regular use. It looks like it might be pushing the limits of lasting a full day without a charge, but that will ultimately depend on usage patterns. One user who got his hands on a Bionic charged it up, then put it through some light-to-moderate usage, surfing the web for about an hour over the course of a day, checking email, transferring files, and watching a couple short videos.
Sixteen hours into his experiment, the phone was down to about 30% battery life remaining, connected over LTE the whole time. That sounds pretty workable, but add in some extended browsing sessions, some gaming, and maybe a few actual phone calls, and you could well be pushing the limits of the Bionic’s battery, especially if you’ve got a long day.
The tester also mentioned a neat function of the Bionic that we hadn’t heard about before, a pocket-sensing mode – presumably using a pair of prox sensors – to automatically power-down the screen and lock the phone when you slip it away. It’s not the thinnest phone ever, but as you can see in the render above, the bottom half, at least, looks pretty svelte.
Source: PopHerald, Phandroid