An obscure Chinese smartphone vendor is about to enter Guinness World Records with the world’s largest battery in a smartphone.
Oukitel announced that its WP19 rugged smartphone will pack a 21,000mAh battery, which is enough to charge an Apple iPhone 13 six times.
The huge battery can even be used as an emergency portable battery charger to charge laptops with a Type-C connector. With the proper adjustments, you will be able to use it as a mobile hotspot or a true wireless security camera.
A power bank glued to a rugged smartphone
Given its main feature, this phone cannot be expected to be slim. At 29 mm, it’s the thickest smartphone we’ve found with a weight of 570g. The rest of its spec is solidly mainstream; 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, an on-chip Mediatek Helio G95 system, a large 6.78-inch FHD+ display, Android 12 and more.
While the lack of 4G connectivity dampens our enthusiasm, the presence of a 64-megapixel Samsung camera sensor, a 2-megapixel macro, and a 20-megapixel Sony night vision camera on the back could be a winner for anyone looking for a good device. versatile that can be used in nature without fear of running out of battery.
The device is currently on pre-order at Oukitel official store on Aliexpress (opens in new tab) for just under $600 (about £480, AU$830), a price that includes free delivery to most territories worldwide, but excludes taxes and customs fees, as well as any handling fees that the post office may have demand. Expect the first shipments to be delivered in August 2022.
Smartphones with large batteries have become more widely available since the buzz generated by the ill-fated Energizer Power Max P18K Pop in February 2019. Since then, two 13 Ah smartphones (Ulefone Power Armor 13 and Blackview BV9100) and one 15 Ah smartphone ( the Oukitel WP15 ) were released.
The price can be a little hard to swallow, as smartphones with the same feature set (except for the massive battery) can be had for half the price. So would the convenience of having a huge battery justify this equally gargantuan price premium?