Samsung’s still-fresh Galaxy S3 appears to have a strange problem that’s causing some units to display an inexplicably quicker battery drain than usual.
Turns out that the international version of the S3 has a teeny glitch that’s showing an abnormally fast battery drain for some users under the ‘cell standby’ mode – between 50 and 70 per cent than the operating system itself. However, according to the good folk over at the XDA-developers forum, this is apparently “a miscalculation of power used rather than the actual power usage”.
So what does that mean? Well, it’s just a bug, really. The phone or the battery itself is not defective. Although Samsung has yet to acknowledge the problem, we imagine a fix will be along the way soon to prevent a widespread panic.
In the meantime, a temporary workaround is available, which involves updating a file called power_profile.xml, where the Cell Standby drain value has a misplaced demical point. You can find more details at XDA-developers, but unless you’re really fussy, we suggest just waiting for Samsung to issue a patch.
Have you experienced this ‘phantom’ battery drain? Let us know all about it in the comments below.