Increase lost HTC One X battery life by 10-20%

By Alan Ng - Apr 16, 2012

The HTC One X seems like an incredible piece of hardware at first glance, but one aspect of the device that is starting to worry consumers is battery life, since it only comes equipped with a 1800mAh battery.

If you live in Europe, there’s a possibility that you are already in possession of a One X since the device is now available to buy and comes with that ground-breaking new Tegra 3 quad-core processor, unlike the US version of the device which will ship with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor instead.

The fact that the battery is non-removable as well is causing considerable frustration for some users, but it has also become apparent that the device is prone to a battery management fault in which a system apk causes the device to eat up 10 to 20 percent of battery life.

Luckily, there already appears to be an unofficial fix to get the battery life back. The offending apk in question has been identified as NvCPLSvc.apk as noted on the XDA Developers Forums and the fix is actually a simple one providing you have the Android Debug Bridge, which comes packaged with the Android SDK.

All you need to do is move the file mentioned above into the system\app directory, since it is currently in the system/bin directory and is the cause for the loss of battery life. You can read more detailed instructions on how to do this at the XDA Forums here.

Once you have done this step, you should be able to benefit from an increase in battery life – much needed for a device which utilizes 4G LTE data and Tegra 3 powered mobile games. If you already have the International HTC One X, let us know if this has worked for you, and if you notice the battery life increase straight away or not.

For those of you who are thinking of getting one – is the 1800mAh non-removable battery a turn off for you?

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  • My phone contract is up in July, and I was considering the HTC One X, but the non removable battery is a real worry for me. I need my phone to have charge when I’m out and about, as I am self employed and run a mobile business, the phone is basically my business and missed calls equals  lost work, this wouldn’t be such a worry if it had a decent battery life, but I NEED to be able to either run the phone for 2 days minimum without charge, or carry a couple of extra batteries so I can run it for 2 days without having to plug it in. Looks like another 24 months with a Blackberry. 

  • Graham Parkes

    A non-removable battery is a deal breaker for me, as is lack of microSD card support. I accept that smartphones are power hogs, given all we demand of them and I’m a heavy user. I like to carry 2 spare batteries when I’m out and about and away from a charger. Spare batteries are slim, light and fit in a pocket easily and only take a minute to change. I would never buy a smart phone that doesn’t allow me to change batteries in the field. Graham (happy Galaxy S2 user).