The smartphone specification war is one of the inherent qualities of Android ecosystem. Every year an OEM sparks a war with a higher capacity RAM, Storage or any other hardware component. The OnePlus 5 topped the list this year with an 8GB RAM option. Ulefone is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer promising top of the line hardware at a relatively lesser price. This time around the company is apparently readying a smartphone with 13,000mAh battery pack.
Yes, the battery capacity has often been the bone of contention while choosing smartphones, in fact, a couple of OEMs including Gionee and Asus offer an exclusive lineup of smartphones with bigger batteries. Ulefone is said to be working on two variants, one with a 6050mAh battery while the other, named Ulefone Power Max is expected to pack in a 13,000mAh battery. The device is expected to release by the end of this year.
If Ulefone is indeed working on the Power Max, this will be the first time that a smartphone will breach the power bank territory. We are pretty sure that Ulefone will bake in reverse charging feature that will allow other devices to be charged using the phone. Furthermore, it would be interesting to see how the manufacturers will work around the design constraints and make sure the phone doesn’t look abnormally big.
Other concerns with such a large battery are the thermal management system that needs to be employed. With incidents of batteries in smartphones catching fire going up every passing day, it’s a valid concern as well. I personally would prefer a power bank to a bulky smartphone any day, but again it’s more of personal preference, and I am sure few others would beg to differ. Earlier this year, the Ulefone Power 2 was announced with 6050 mAh battery and 4GB of RAM. The device is powered by an Octa-Core MediaTek MT6750T SoC and features an FHD display.