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February 27th, 2019:

Mobile Phone – Energizer 18,000 MAH battery lasts up to 50 days

Detailed tech specs are shared for Energizer 18,000 MAH battery THICK smartphone, that was introduced at MWC-2019

Energizer has teased a huge array of smartphones for a while. The company that makes the devices, Avenir Telecom, has used that branding to showcase dummy phone models at MWC with stupidly-high capacity batteries several times but I never got to see one of them working. That is, until this chunky azure thing showed up. The P18K Pop (as it’s known) is probably thicker than any battery pack you currently own. It’s basically an 18,000mAH battery with a smartphone stuck on it.

The phone that’s attached to that giant power cell isn’t going to blow you away, but there are a few nice touches, like a pop-up selfie camera (thus the Pop suffix), a triple 12-megapixel camera that includes a depth sensor, 12 MP and a seemingly unchanged Android 9.0 OS. (It also has an FM radio built-in. Fun!) It felt a little rough around the (fat) edges, and watching Arun Maini play around with the phone, it didn’t look as smooth as flagship devices. But that is not why I’m talking about an Energizer phone. I just want that battery. Or half that battery. Please. Surely, it’s possible.

Mobile Phones – Galaxy-S10 v. Xperia-1 v. iPhone-XS-Max

Detailed tech specs are shared for each of 3 state-of-art phones introduced at MWC-2019

Folding phones aren’t the only big displays you’ll see at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Plenty of traditional, non-bendy devices have graced the show floor this year, with screens far past six inches — we’re long past the days when handsets like the Galaxy Note were anomalies. This year’s S10+ is certainly a contender in size, but Sony won’t be left behind thanks to its super tall Xperia 1. These two flagships are entering a race that the iPhone XS Max is already in thanks to its 6.5-inch screen, though the addition of triple rear cameras will certainly help the newcomers’ chances. For the full skinny on how this competition will shake out, you’ll have to wait for our reviews of the new Samsung and Sony handsets in the coming weeks, but for now check out our handy spec table to see how the early numbers stack up.

USB 3.2 – New standard will be twice as fast

USB 3.2 standard will be twice as fast, but the naming mess will get worse

USB 3.2, the next-generation USB standard expected to start appearing in devices later this year, will double the maximum speed supported to 20Gbps. This is achieved by allowing for two lanes of 10Gbps each, which can be achieved without reducing cable length.  The bad news is that the naming confusion around USB speeds is going to get even worse … Life was simple enough through USB 3.0:

  • USB 1.1 (12Mbps)
  • USB 2.0 (480Mbps)
  • USB 3.0 (5Gbps)

And then along came USB 3.1, and the USB Implementers Forum decided to confuse everyone, as Arstechnica recalls.