Philips W6618: the Android smartphone with a tablet-sized battery
Between the release of more efficient SoCs, the deployment of wireless charging technology, the arrival of shaped batteries that better conform to our phones’ curves, and the trend away from super-thin phones at all costs, smartphone battery life has generally been doing pretty well lately. But this industry is hardly one to leave well enough alone, and there’s always someone wondering if they can’t manage to do things a little better. To that end, Phillips has just released an Android model that blows away our expectations, packing a battery that eclipses even those on many tablets.
The Philips W6618 just debuted for China, and truth be told, its hardware is pretty meager. We’re looking at a five-inch screen with a mere qHD resolution, a MediaTek SoC, 1GB of RAM, and just 4GB storage (at least there’s microSD support). If that was the end of the W6618’s story we wouldn’t even bother bringing it to you.
But then there’s the phone’s battery – one with a 5300mAh capacity.
Even battery-centric phones like the Droid Maxx only hit 3500mAh. Small tablets fall short, too: the Nexus 7 has a 3950mAh battery, and the Galaxy TabPRO 8.4 brings 4800mAh.
With all this juice at its disposal, the W6618 boasts a standby time north of two months, and talk time of nearly a day-and-a-half. And despite this massive cell, the phone really doesn’t look that bulky at all; it’s a little thicker than we’re used to, but at 11.4 millimeters, not by a whole lot.
Phillips doesn’t appear to have any plans to bring the phone to the West, but that doesn’t stop this model from captivating us. Just think of the possibilities if someone combined that massive battery with a little beefier hardware.