It has been a seriously long time since we talked about a Philips smartphone. They popped up occasionally back in the Windows Mobile days, but lately all that’s crossed our path has been the odd Android-based media player. In any case, Philips is back on our minds tonight, as we hear about a smartphone with some crazy good standby life.
Plenty of us use our phones so much that daily charging is an inevitability. For lighter users, however, the ability for a phone to keep its charge for days and days at a time can be much more important. High capacity models like the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD offer standby times as long as 16 days. Philips may be able to one-up all of them with its Xenium W8510, and its claimed 35-day standby life.
The neat thing is that the W8510 has a big battery but not a HUGE-huge one: only 3300mAh. Instead, Philips gets this kind of lifespan with a combination of hardware optimization and software tricks, anticipating when it can do things like dialing-down the phone’s clock speed or disabling radios.
That’s not all: the phone also has a quick-charge mode, getting about a day’s worth of standby or two hours of talk on just a ten minute charge.
Unfortunately, specs like 1GB of RAM, a MediaTek SoC, and just 4GB flash don’t make for the most desirable phone in the world, but we’d love to see this same kind of battery performance in something a little beefier – so long as that doesn’t kill the battery life.