While smartphone vendors have been able to cut power consumption dramatically in the past 10 years, most of those power savings has gone into making thinner phones with smaller batteries. So for heavy phone users that need a phone that can still last all day – or even longer – the best option has often been to pair a thin smartphone with a battery case in order to make up for the difference.

Every now and then, however, we still see someone release a phone with a large integrated battery, and this year at Mobile World Congress that someone was Avenir Telecom. The company, which licenses the Energizer brand for smartphone use, was showing off its prototype Energizer Power Max P18K Pop handset, a premium-tier smartphone with a whopping 18,000-mAh battery. Unabashed about its size, Avenir says that the big-batteried phone will be able to sit in standby for 50 days or play videos for two days straight, all of which is far longer than today's typical smartphones.

Equipped with a 6.2-Inch IPS display featuring a 2280x1080 resolution as well as its feature-defining 18,000-mAh battery, the Energizer Power Max P18K Pop looks an NMT-450 mobile phone from the nineties. Under the hood, the phone is based on MediaTek’s Helio P70 SoC (4x Arm Cortex-73, 4x Arm Cortex-A53, Arm Mali G72-MP3 graphics) and paired with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of NAND flash storage. Given the mobile platform, the device supports everything you come expect from a modern smartphone, including 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and so on. Meanwhile, there is a USB Type-C port to charge the massive 18,000 mAh battery.

The imaging capabilities of the Energizer Power Max P18K Pop are also on line with modern premium handsets: a triple-module camera (12 MP + 5 MP + 2 MP) can be found on the rear on the phone. Meanwhile there is a pop-up 16 MP + 2 MP camera for selfies.

The Energizer Power Max P18K Pop will be available sometime this fall, likely with a staggered regional release schedule. The recommended price of the smartphone is expected to be around €599.

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Source: Energizer

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  • CU - Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - link

    I liked the moto-z battery mods. You get a thin phone. By what ever battery size you want to add to the back, and it can be swapped out easily without turning off your phone. Pretty much to best option and most configurable. Reply
  • boeush - Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - link

    Give Apple a few more years; perhaps they'll eventually 'invent' it... Reply
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    Yup, but your voice of reason won't get heard by the companies that are trying to spin a cost cutting and competitive move that forces you to own an effectively disposable device as a benefit to you the consumer because its clearly better that way.

    What I don't get is why something that's so gigantic doesn't appear to have a removable battery (and headphone jack, and slightly recessed camera lens). It just screams lazy engineering work with the intent of preying on the people out there that simply want their phones to run a sufficient amount of time between recharge cycles. Good idea, outright bad execution.
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  • npz - Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - link

    I like it. If I had a thick phone like this I'd finally be able to comfortably pick it up without fear of slipping and dropping. I hate the curved edge glass of thin phones for this reason. Alas, I also can't put such a big phone in my pockets, except for maybe some cargo pants. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    Purses, fanny packs, and those absurd wanna-be-carrying-mah-six-shooter holster things could all fix that sort of problem, but I do discourage the holster option since that sort of brands you as someone to avoid. Guy with holster, yup let's cross the street now kids so we're on the other side. Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - link

    At last, a smartphone with somewhere to put your fingers! Reply
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    And the battery's not replaceable, it's not waterproof, and there's no headphone jack. Seriously. No 3.5mm jack on a phone this thick. Reply
  • beginner99 - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    I don't see the point of this. You can simply get a normal phone with a pack and only carry the pack when you need it. Reply
  • eastcoast_pete - Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - link

    If nothing else, it'll be great for a light workout. For even better muscle use, make the case from thick stainless steel (leave places for the antenna). But, seriously, the main use scenario of such an extreme battery capacity phone is as a ruggedized phone, and to this isn't one. Not water proof, not shock proof, no 3.5 mm headset connector - waste of that big battery. Reply
  • Barkuti - Monday, March 11, 2019 - link

    Sorry to say my dear manufacturers but, in my honest opinion, you can stick all those super-wide or super elongated :-/ screens up there where the sun doesn't shines. 16:9 tops for me, I like to have useable screen height when in landscape. Reply

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