Hot on the heels of our Retina Display analysis we have some more data for you: battery life of the new iPad. The chart above is our revamped web browser battery life test that we introduced in Part 2 of our Eee Pad Transformer Prime review. Despite the huge increase in battery capacity, battery life seems to be a bit lower than the iPad 2. The drop isn't huge but it does echo what we've seen in our subjective testing: the new iPad doesn't appear to last as long as the old one.

The drop on LTE is in line with what Apple claims you should expect: about an hour less than on WiFi. 

Now for the killer. If you have an iPad on Verizon's LTE network and use it as a personal hotspot (not currently possible on the AT&T version), it will last you roughly 25.3 hours on a single charge. Obviously that's with the display turned off, but with a 42.5Wh battery driving Qualcomm's MDM9600 you get tons of life out of the new iPad as a personal hotspot.

More in our upcoming review...

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  • sciwizam - Monday, March 19, 2012 - link

    Didn't you guys review the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with LTE? Can you include those battery numbers? Reply
  • deputc26 - Monday, March 19, 2012 - link

    +1 Reply
  • tat tvam asi - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - link

    What are the folks at Qualcomm feeding Anandtech? Reply
  • medi01 - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - link

    In Win8 review, with all 8 systems "that users aiming for Win 8 are likely to buy" there wasn't a single with AMD CPU.
    When kindly asked "WTF dudes?" answer was "well, if you donate for it, I might be so kind to review it, if you behave".

    So...
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  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - link

    You sound like a mad troll there.

    The guy doing the tests didn't have an AMD system at hand, and clearly said so in response to the comments. What could possibly be wrong about this? And what kind of miracles do you expect from this preview version? Rest assured that if there were any, AMD would already have told us about it. Case closed.
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  • mcnabney - Thursday, March 22, 2012 - link

    The point was more on the line of "what kind of person does a broad hardware review and doesn't have a single AMD system?". Reply
  • scottaw - Monday, March 26, 2012 - link

    For tablets? Everyone. It's not Anandtech's fault that AMD is nowhere to be found (although in truth, you could say the same for any android tablet). Reply
  • phoenix_0001 - Monday, March 26, 2012 - link

    is it retina display? Reply
  • mavere - Monday, March 19, 2012 - link

    My god, 25.3 hours as a hotspot. Except for the whole data caps thing, that's mind-blowingly amazing. Reply
  • Fleeb - Monday, March 19, 2012 - link

    Yes, amazing that you buy an iPad powered with a 42.5Wh battery, and you just turn it into a hotspot. Reply

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