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TCL’s 5,000mAh smartphone triples iPhone 6 battery capacity

A China-based smartphone manufacturer has announced a smartphone with an absolutely enormous battery.

You may not have heard of TCL, but’s it’s a big deal in China and owns a brand you should have heard of – Alcatel. Now it’s made waves with its new P618L, which puts rival handsets to shame in terms of battery capacity, as reported by Android Headlines.

That’s because the P618L carries a 5,000mAh battery, which sounds more suited to a tablet than a smartphone.

To put that into perspective, the iPhone 6 has a 1,810mAh battery – that’s nearly three times smaller than TCL’s.

Even the beefier iPhone 6 Plus has a comparatively teeny 2,915mAh cell juicing the Apple phablet.

Battery life is a common issue of contention in the smartphone space, so it’s encouraging to see a company ditch the status quo and cram in a huge cell.

The TCL P618L isn’t the first big battery blower we’ve seen mind; just last month we got a first look at the Acer Liquid X2.

Acer’s new handset makes use of a 4,000mAh battery, which it claims offers over two days of charge.

Unfortunately, the main problem with a phone like the TCL P618L is that it will take significantly longer to charge than the iPhone 6.

While that’s not a problem for most, it might annoy users who are used to plugging their phone in for about an hour.

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Interestingly, the rest of the P618L’s spec sheet is fairly underwhelming – that might be because there was no room for any more components after the behemoth battery.

We’re looking at a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 chip, and a 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel camera pair. It runs on the ageing Android 4.4.4 KitKat but does boast 4G connectivity.

Unfortunately, it won’t be launching in the UK, so would-be customers will have to migrate to China for a device with such fearsome charge cycle potential as the P618L.

Do you want a smartphone with a 5,000mAh battery, or are you happy charging your handset daily? Let us know in the comments. 

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