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Is that a phone or a power bank? Ludicrous 10000 mAh Gionee phone turns up on TENAA

The Gionee smartphone features a massive 10000 mAh battery (Image source: Gizmochina)
The Gionee smartphone features a massive 10000 mAh battery (Image source: Gizmochina)
A new Gionee smartphone was listed recently on TENAA and features what appears to be a gigantic 10000 mAh battery. This is one of the highest battery capacities we’ve seen on a smartphone and indicates that the device might double as a power bank. But what compromises have been made to accommodate the battery?
Arjun Krishna Lal,

A new Gionee smartphone was recently listed on TENAA, apparently sporting a gigantic 10000 mAh battery. To put that into perspective, that’s over twice the battery capacity of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, a device widely praised for its multi-day battery life.

Going by the specs posted in the TENAA listing, the Gionee device appears to be more power bank than phone, with a mediocre 720p display and an octa-core 2.0 GHz processor, possibly a Mediatek model. The smartphone/power bank features a similarly lacklustre camera, with a single 16MP snapper on the back, and appears to be running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. 

These specs raise an important question: exactly who is this device for? As a smartphone, it’s less capable than most entry-level smartphones like the Realme C11. On the other hand, there are a number of actual power banks on the market with a lower capacity than this device. If pricing’s right, this looks to be a decent option as a backup or burner smartphone that pulls double duty as power backup for your main device. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-07-28 (Update: 2020-07-28)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.