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The Unihertz Tank 2 is a smartphone with a massive 15,500 mAh battery that should be good for days or even weeks of runtime, a rugged case, and a laser projector function that lets you use the phone as a portable presentation or movie screening machine.

Whether it’s actually a good phone or projector remains to be seen. But you have to hand it to Unihertz: the company continues to produce smartphone hardware that’s truly different from anything you’d get from Apple, Samsung, or any of the other major players.

At a time when most mainstream phones have large screens, Unihertz continues to make tiny smartphones with screens that are smaller than the original iPhone’s display. And while most modern phones are designed for on-screen keyboards, Unihertz makes a line of BlackBerry-inspired phones with physical keyboards.

The company also launched a Nothing Phone clone recently, with LED lights on the back. And the upcoming Unihertz Jelly Star Puzzle combines some of those feature: it’s a tiny phone with LED lighting and a semi-transparent back.

The company’s phones tend to get mediocre reviews for performance, usability, and support. But it’s still nice to see somebody pushing the limits of what we can expect from smartphone hardware… even if that company’s execution is such that I’m not sure I’d ever recommend actually buying one of its phones.

Anyway, as the name suggests, the Tank 2 is the second model in the Unihertz Tank lineup. The original Unihertz Tank has a similarly rugged design and an even bigger 22,000 mAh battery that promises up to 100 days of standby time and potentially a week or more of mixed-use battery life.

The second-gen model sacrifices some of that battery capacity for a slightly lighter-weight design and a 40-lumen, 1280 x 720 pixel laser projector. The new model also has a few other upgrades including 50% more RAM and a higher screen refresh rate. But it has the same processor as its predecessor.

The Unihertz Tank 2 features:

  • Display: 6.81 inch, 2340 x 1080 pixel (19.5:9) with a 90 Hz refresh rate
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G99 (MT6789)
  • RAM: 12GB LPDDR4
  • Storage: 256GB + microSD
  • Battery: 15,500 mAh
  • Charging: 66W USB-C
  • Durability: IP68 rated, MIL-STD-810H tested
  • Rear cameras: 108MP (primary) + 64MP (night vision) + 16MP (wide angle)
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Wireless: WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, 4G VolTE
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor, face login
  • Ports: USB-C, 3.5mm audio, microSD card reader
  • OS: Android 13
  • Other: 720p laser projector, camping light (LED panels on the back of the phone)
  • Dimensions: 179 x 86 x 23mm
  • Weight: 530 grams

While Unihertz hasn’t added any information about the phone to its website yet, it’s up for pre-order from AliiExpress for $390.

via Phablet.jp

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  1. $390 for all those specs plus onboard laser protector seems very good price, even without long support (a lot of us got used to no LTS on Android, even from main brands).

    1. It is just a ruggedized Android tablet that sort of wants to compete with the overpriced Samsung S23 Ultra android tablet that they also want to pretend is a phone and not a tablet.

      1. It seems you have been sleeping for a lot of years like in The Swan Princess, and you have wake up just now. I’ll tell you a story: there was a time where cell phones were smaller and smaller, because they were used to talk. Some time all changed, they were used much more time to browse web, using camera, social networks, etc, etc. Then they begin contrary way, being bigger each time because people wanted bigger screens.

        Some time a mix of cell phone and tablet, for its halfway size, appeared. It was called PHABLET. Some people was thinking it was too big, even funny, but some time ago it was standard size for modern cell phones, so standard that phablet name was dropped and they were called phones. In this point in time we are. They are so normal, that if you want a small phone you will have to look for a lot of and it could be you didn’t found it small enough. In fact Unihertz makes some of those strange small phones (some of them with keyboard, like on very old times).

        6,8 inches is a phone size. Of course Unihertz Tank 2 has a bit bigger total size becase it is ruggerized (and it has a very big battery plus an on-board proyector).

  2. I would buy a modernized Jellybagthingy 3 so long as they made it 20% thinner and a bit larger screen while keeping the price sane.

    1. Why the hell do people care about thin? No seriously. If it fits in your pocket it is thin enough, and phones have been thin enough since the late 201x’s. Foldables are double the thickness of most phones and people have no problem with those. The also have no problem with how freaking monstrous screen sizes these days. Stop with the “I need thinner and less bezel”

      1. To be fair, the unihertz jelly really does have a screen that’s small enough to be difficult to work with, but at the same time the typical 6.5″ screen tends to result in a phone that’s quite a bit uncomfortable in my pocket just due to the size of the flat plane pressed against my not flat leg (not so much due to thickness). There’s a reason the Small Android Phone thing is aiming for around 5″.

    2. Perhaps Unihertz could move Jelly’s display to the thickness region of the phone and to increase the display size?