Battery life can be a huge, sometimes even deciding, factor in buying a phone these days, with music- and video-streaming usage at an all-time high.
Unfortunately for us, neither the wizards at Cupertino or Mountain View, or Shenzhen, China, have stumbled upon a magical battery breakthrough to end our woes and turn the industry around. But we’re getting there, fast. For now, we have all sorts of phones with big batteries to bridge the gap between today and whenever the real innovation may come.
Here’s a list of the ones you may want to pay close attention to, in no particular order.
YAAO 6000 Plus (10,900mAh)
Oukitel K10000 may have taken the crown last year as the phone with the most capacious battery pack — and, quite possibly, the longest charging time ever for a mobile device — but 2016 belongs to the awkwardly named YAAO 6000 Plus and its “are you kidding me?” 10,900mAh cell. Which is the highest capacity battery we can think of crammed into a handset. As a bonus, it looks like a phone from the apocalypse, albeit one that doesn’t seem very resilient to weather extremes. Regardless, if for some reason, you’re after something rugged — and with enough juice to power a small planet, er, tablet, look no further. It goes for around $220 in its native China, though we wouldn’t hold our breath for a wider release in the near future.
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Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro (5,000mAh)
Okay, okay — we get it: Dealing with a massive phone on a daily basis comes with its share of challenges. But Sammy’s Galaxy A9 Pro is one of the best out there, especially with the Galaxy Note 7 out of the picture. It ticks most of the same boxes and has a meaty, 6-inch AMOLED display that will entertain you till the second day. Think of it as the Note’s younger teen brother — only it has the energy of a six-year-old boy.
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Cherry Mobile Flare S5 Power (6,050mAh)
When it comes to phones with oodles of staying power, this not-so-tiny number from the leading phone brand in the Philippines fits a 6,050mAh battery pack into a unibody enclosure that’s just about as heavy as it looks. It’s fortunate, then, that the Flare S5 Power has more to offer than just days of productivity, packing an octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM; a serviceable fingerprint sensor; and a generous, full-resolution display — all while keeping the price just a speck over $160.
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ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra (4,600mAh)
At $660, the Ultra is the most expensive item on this list, but it has the unique advantage of being the biggest of the bunch. Don’t let the high price tag necessarily put you off it; it’s well-crafted, has a gargantuan, 6.8-inch screen pegged at 1080p, and offers fast performance and even longer battery life than most other phones in its class. It’s good stuff, if you can afford it, and are willing to deal with its size.
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Xiaomi Mi Max (4,850mAh)
We’ve already put the Mi Max through some pretty rigorous testing, alongside the Galaxy A9 Pro and other big-screened Androids. And while it didn’t come out on top in most areas, we can’t gush enough about its epic battery life and very accommodating price point. $220 won’t get you a lot in an Apple store — it certainly won’t snag you a brand-new iPhone — but Xiaomi will happily take that cash and hand you a metal phone with power for days.
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Gionee Marathon M6 Plus (6,020mAh)
A phablet-sized successor to Gionee’s M5 series phones, the M6 Plus packs a whole lotta good for under $500, including a 6,020mAh cell and a dedicated security chip with 10 layers of protection that you don’t know you need but probably do. It’s rare to see a security-focused smartphone that’s got a lot of junk in the trunk, and if this is what you’re looking for, the M6 Plus could be your best bet.
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Lenovo P2 (5,100mAh)
There are a lot of phones with big batteries, more so now than ever. But there aren’t a lot that are as capable as they are affordable. Cue Lenovo’s P2. In addition to a 5.5-inch OLED panel and a 5,100mAh unit that supports fast charging, this road warrior from China comes with a speedy Snapdragon 625 system-on-a-chip and up to 4GB of RAM. The kicker, however, is its $260 street price that should make for a quick sale.
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ZTE Nubia N1 (5,000mAh)
We can’t vouch for this particular ZTE model, but the Nubia N1 should offer extra-long usage times courtesy of its 5,000mAh unit and modest horsepower. It is already available on Amazon India for 11,999 rupees, or roughly $175.
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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on: Best phone of 2018?
Huawei outdoes itself again
In an industry where incremental updates are the new norm, Huawei manages to wow us again — barely a year after the release of the P20 Pro. The Chinese company is back with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro which might just be the best among the best this year.
In this video, we go over the phones’ new designs, updated cameras, and new memory card format. We also go through the differences between the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.
Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?
Price isn’t the only factor
Huawei has once again launched two flagships phones at the same time; one comes with a Pro moniker, while the other does not. Like before, there are some significant differences between the Mate 20 pair to take note of.
One obvious difference is in their displays. While the Mate 20 Pro goes for a notched 6.39-inch 1440p curved HDR OLED display — certainly a mouthful — the regular Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch 1080p RGBW HDR LCD with a much smaller notch.
The Pro model justifies the larger notch by housing a more complex camera system for secured facial recognition, but if that doesn’t matter to you, the regular variant’s Dew Drop notch may be more appealing — and definitely less intrusive.
In addition, the Mate 20 Pro’s OLED tech allows it to curve the edges and equip an in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s essentially the more modern-looking design of the pair.
Since both models have Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset installed, pure performance is virtually identical. The Pro and non-Pro also share the same memory and storage configuration of 6GB and 128GB, respectively, although the plain Mate 20 has a more affordable 4GB memory variant available, too.
Another minor difference: The 4200mAh capacity of the Mate 20 Pro, along with the more energy-efficient OLED, provides it with potentially longer battery life than what the Mate 20’s 4000mAh capacity and LCD panel offer.
A more significant advantage for the Mate 20 Pro is its inclusion of a 40W SuperCharge adapter in the package — noticeably better than the 22.5W output of the Mate 20’s. Plus, the Pro version can charge other phones wirelessly using wireless reverse charging tech.
Perhaps, you’ll care most about the difference in camera quality and performance. While it’s too early to make photo and video comparisons, an initial look at specs shows that the Mate 20 Pro may have an edge.
There are three modules in place for the Pro: One is a 40-megapixel main camera, another has 20 megapixels and an ultra-wide lens, and the final unit offers 8 megapixels with 3x optical zoom
As for the Mate 20, its main camera has only 12 megapixels, the ultra-wide shooter settles for 16 megapixels, and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera goes up to only 2x optical zoom.
Despite the larger notch of the Mate 20 Pro, they share the same 24-megapixel selfie camera.
Pricing and colors
This part largely depends on where you reside, but in an ideal setting, all five colors — Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, and Black — should be available for both models.
Pricing is another matter, and it again depends per region. In Europe, the Mate 20’s 4GB+128GB configuration retails for EUR 799 and its 6GB+128GB model goes for EUR 849. The Mate 20 Pro’s sole 6GB+128GB variant costs EUR 1,049, making it more expensive by EUR 250 and EUR 200, respectively.
In Singapore, the Mate 20’s 6GB+128GB setup retails for SG$ 998, while the Mate 20 Pro is at SG$ 1,348 — a difference of SG$ 350.
Huawei Mate 20 series first to have Nano Memory Card
Could this become a trend?
Aside from introducing a host of flagship features to the freshly minted Mate 20 series, Huawei also introduced a new memory card standard, simply named Nano Memory Card.
It’s available on both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and it effectively replaces the microSD slot we’ve become so accustomed to. The question is: What’s so special about it?
The simplest answer is that it has the same size as the nano-SIM card inside any smartphone today. Because of the identical dimensions, the secondary card slot doesn’t have to be designed differently, like what has been done for microSD cards.
In the case of the Mate 20 series, the removable card tray has back-to-back slots: one for the nano-SIM, and the other for either another nano-SIM or separate Nano Memory Card.
As of writing, Huawei will be offering 128GB and 256GB NM Cards, with speeds of up to 90MB/s. They’re hoping it’ll become the new standard, and are producing adapters for additional compatibility.
It’s certainly a more efficient way of adding physical storage to a handset, and allows manufactures like Huawei to use the saved space for other features, like a large battery.
Looking ahead, it seems only logical for other smartphone brands to follow suit, but that would mean consumers would have to buy into a whole new standard and let go of their microSD cards.
The same thing happened with the introduction of the USB-C port, wherein users had to replace their micro-USB cables for the newer, more intuitive system. It’s been a gradual process, but definitely rewarding.
It’ll take a while before we find out if this will become a trend, but for now, we should appreciate Huawei’s courage in taking the first, big step.
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