By Google not including LTE in their Nexus 4, it is believed that the device consume less battery than LTE devices such as the HTC One X or other Android phones. But in turned out that it doesn’t. According to benchmark tests performed by AnandTech, LTE phones on average have better battery life than 3G phones while browsing the web. At the top of the chart is the iPhone 5, followed by HTC One X on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. Google’s Nexus 4 is above the iPhone 4, both running on a 3G network. Here’s the full chart:
Apple’s iPhone 5 also appears to have a more lasting battery when browsing the web on WiFi connections… Google’s Nexus 4… not so good…
If you believe that a phone on 3G consumes less battery than on 4G LTE, here”s what the site says why this may not be true:
As always we test across multiple air interfaces (3G, 4G LTE, WiFi), but due to the increased network load we actually find that on a given process technology we see an increase in battery life on faster network connections. The why is quite simple to understand: the faster a page is able to fully render, the quicker all components can drive down to their idle power states.