As expected, the Energizer Power Max P16K Pro smartphone with a massive 16,000 mAh battery is on display at Mobile World Congress this week. Unfortunately it’s just an early prototype at this point, so the folks at GSM Arena, Mashable, and TechRadar who got a look at it weren’t able to turn the phone on.
Some features may also not be set in stone yet.
That said, here’s what we know: it’s a massive phone that weighs about 12 ounces, measures 0.6 inches thick, and has a 6 inch, 18:9 (2:1) display. The upside is that you could theoretically go up to a week (or at least a work week) without charging the phone.
Most modern smartphones have batteries in the 2,000 – 4,000 mAh range. A few go higher. The Power Max P16K goes higher than any other that I’ve ever heard of.
It also supports fast charging: you should be able to fully charge the battery in about 90 minutes.
Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t currently work as a power bank, so you can’t plug the phone into your tablet, a friend’s phone, or other gadgets to charge them using the phone’s battery. That may change in the future though.
The phone is expected to feature flagship-level specs including 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and dual cameras on both the front and back (for snapping portrait-mode photos with blurred backgrounds).
That said, the phone is also expected to feature a MediaTek Helio P23 processor, so “flagship” may be a bit of a stretch.
Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, a a microSD card reader, dual nano SIM support, a USB Type-C port, and Android Oreo software.
While the phone will be sold under the Energizer brand, it’s actually manufactured by a company called Avenir, which is apparently planning to sell the PowerMax P16K pro in India soon.
Bring back the brick!
I’d say that 6″ at 2:1 is decidedly mid-size and not anywhere close to huge. The landscape height is about the same as a 5.5″ at 16:9. So folks who do lots of video watching are not going to be able to zoom much beyond this height (another useless “innovation” re: 2:1 aspect) without chopping off the foreheads of actors. The Power Max is fat but not huge.
7″ at 16:10, which is my ideal, is indeed big (and useful) and still very back-pocketable. 8″ at 16:10… now this would be huge because it’s barely pocketable – if at all (depending on the pants). That is all:-)
Look at the first picture again. It’s not the screen size that makes this phone huge. It weighs twice as much as most smartphones and it’s twice as thick as most recent flagships.
I’m guessing it also doubles as training weights. 10 repetitions every couple of hours will get you ripped in no time. 🙂
“MediaTek Helio P23 processor” – Now we know why they need such a large battery. 🙂
It will be interesting to see if the TSA allows these on airplanes as I have heard about limits on USB battery packs and this is in that same range of capacity.
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