One way to solve the battery life issues plaguing smartphone customers ( (so, essentially everyone) these days is to go bigger. China’s Gionee has carried out exactly that: its new luxury phone statements a pretty outlandish 7,000mAh battery paired with some really good specs.
The Gionee M2017 is a 5.7-inch smartphone in a metal and leather case that, while fatter than your standard phablet, still manages to look really elegant despite that enormous battery.
The rest of the specs aren’t shabby, either: 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, dual rear cameras (with 12- and 13-megapixel sensors with 2x optical zoom), an 8-megapixel selfie cam and a fingerprint reader.
For some reason, the chipset that powers all this is the really midrange Snapdragon 653, which makes the entire package a lot less appealing if still perfectly capable.
According to Gionee, the phone should last for a few days of standard use or 26 hrs of non-stop film which is exactly what you need for that around-the-world plane trip you’ve been planning.
The Gionee M2017 is not the first phone with a huge battery. The Blu Energy XL and the Acer Liquid Zest Plus have 5,000mAh tissue while the Oukitel K10000 has an even bigger, 10,000mAh battery. It is, however, currently the most powerful smartphone with such a huge cell, mid-range processor aside.
The price in China, where the phone will launch on Jan. 6, starts at RMB 6,999 ($1,007).