Start-up Viro will launch a phone with ‘infinite’ battery on 1st October


viro phone

What’s the one thing that you wish you could improve on any smartphone? Chances are you just said the battery life, well start-up Viro are claiming they will be launching the end of charging with a new smartphone on 1st Octocber.

Viro hope to change the face of the smartphone world on 1st October with a new phone with unlimited battery power. Confirmed specs for the phone are extremely thin on the ground and we are working entirely on hints and teasers from the official Viro Facebook page.

From what we gather, Viro have developed a phone that no longer needs to be charged through traditional methods, renewable energy is mentioned on the Facebook page which leads me to personally believe that the phone will use a solar panel to keep the battery topped up through the day, whether that would be enough to prevent you from heading to the wall socket remains to be seen.

viro phone

More teasers suggest that a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor will be used in the phone, the same 20.7 mega-pixel Sony camera from that the recently launched MX4 uses, and will be waterproof with no opening flaps. It is also believed to have a screen size of below 5-inch.

The Viro page has a competition running at the moment and they promise that the phone will be available without invite once on sale. The launch will take place on the 1st October while phones will go on the market early next year.

viro phone

If the Viro turns out to be true then they will certainly have many customers bagging at their door, but could solar really offer enough in power, or will other renewable energies be used to keep the phone running all day?

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66 Comments

  1. badger
    September 6, 2014

    How would solar work in the UK? LOL.

    • Rob
      September 6, 2014

      Better than the solar panels on my roof I hope!

    • ferdi
      September 6, 2014

      you have to wear a tinfoil hat with bluetooth charge :p
      Got me thinking very few phones have wireless charge this year…one is the kingzone k1 turbo… be nice to get a review of it…the battery is 2500

      • ferdi
        September 6, 2014

        the tinfoil hat comes with built-in anti-spyware though :p

    • realjjj
      September 6, 2014

      In the UK it uses hydro lol

  2. Rob
    September 6, 2014

    I was excited right up till the “screen size below 5 inches” part. Not convinced solar would be enough, maybe it has a plug in wind turbine!! Lol

  3. Marius Cirsta
    September 6, 2014

    I’m thinking it might actually generate electricity from movement just like some watches do but that’s too little I guess.
    Whatever it is I doubt it will actually work if it’s got such a power hungry SOC. Maybe something with some A7 or A53 cores would has worked better but let’s wait and see.
    Often the first product to implement an idea does not really take off but the the idea does so it’s still good.

  4. realjjj
    September 6, 2014

    Wouldn’t mind some phones with solar on the back but this sounds like BS.
    You don’t go with a fast SoC if you are trying to use little power.
    They do seem to hint at 3 ways to generate power but not sure what else besides solar would generate much energy at this point, unless it has a crank – that might be an acceptable feature on a rugged phone but kinda odd on a mainstream phone.
    It’s goot to get more activity towards self powered devices so it’s all good as long as it’s not just vaporware.

  5. BHy7
    September 6, 2014

    “Infinite battery” (for that phone) = made possible only by three forms of “renewable” energy.

    Viro is not Asian (and not even Chinese).

    Viro’s first smartphone (a “high-end” one) will enter general market availability next year (WITH NO INVITE SYSTEM). That smartphone will have dual-boot with Android as the first announced (and default?) OS.

    Preemptive Antutu Benchmark (and possibly photos) for the smartphone may be leaked later this month, I estimate.

  6. Guest
    September 6, 2014

    How would solar work in the UK? LOL.

    • Rob
      September 6, 2014

      Better than the solar panels on my roof I hope!

    • ferdi
      September 6, 2014

      you have to wear a tinfoil hat with bluetooth charge :p
      Got me thinking very few phones have wireless charge this year…one is the kingzone k1 turbo… be nice to get a review of it…the battery is 2500

    • ferdi
      September 6, 2014

      the tinfoil hat comes with built-in anti-spyware though :p

    • realjjj
      September 6, 2014

      In the UK it uses hydro lol

  7. Rob
    September 6, 2014

    I was excited right up till the “screen size below 5 inches” part. Not convinced solar would be enough, maybe it has a plug in wind turbine!! Lol

  8. iKosh
    September 6, 2014

    We need nuclear powered phones. A little bit of uranium and and it goes for hundred years without charging.

    • lol
      September 7, 2014

      and when it explode, dony blame the manufacturer

  9. Barry
    September 6, 2014

    dilithium crystals

  10. Marius Cirsta
    September 6, 2014

    I’m thinking it might actually generate electricity from movement just like some watches do but that’s too little I guess.
    Whatever it is I doubt it will actually work if it’s got such a power hungry SOC. Maybe something with some A7 or A53 cores would has worked better but let’s wait and see.
    Often the first product to implement an idea does not really take off but the the idea does so it’s still good.

  11. Aeonia
    September 6, 2014

    maybe they found a way to convert the heat in our palms to charge the battery..that way whenever you hold the phone,or put it in your pocket it keeps on charging..that would be kind of cool..

    • Marius Cirsta
      September 6, 2014

      Ain’t going to do it I think. There’s a stove that burn fuel and even with the heat from that it barely manages to make 0.5A or something.
      Heat alone won’t generate electric power. A difference in temperature will but it has to be significant I guess and will probably only work sometimes ( if it’s 40 deg C outside it most likely won’t work )

  12. realjjj
    September 6, 2014

    Wouldn’t mind some phones with solar on the back but this sounds like BS.
    You don’t go with a fast SoC if you are trying to use little power.
    They do seem to hint at 3 ways to generate power but not sure what else besides solar would generate much energy at this point, unless it has a crank – that might be an acceptable feature on a rugged phone but kinda odd on a mainstream phone.
    It’s goot to get more activity towards self powered devices so it’s all good as long as it’s not just vaporware.

  13. Guest
    September 6, 2014

    “Infinite battery” (for that phone) = made possible only by three forms of “renewable” energy.

    Viro is not Asian (and not even Chinese).

    Viro’s first smartphone (a “high-end” one) will enter general market availability next year (WITH NO INVITE SYSTEM). That smartphone will have dual-boot with Android as the first announced (and default?) OS.

    Preemptive Antutu Benchmark (and possibly photos) for the smartphone may be leaked later this month, I estimate.

  14. iKosh
    September 6, 2014

    We need nuclear powered phones. A little bit of uranium and and it goes for hundred years without charging.

    • Guest
      September 7, 2014

      and when it explode, dony blame the manufacturer

  15. Danny H.
    September 6, 2014

    Well, we all know the 2nd part of the old saying “when something sound too good to be true then…”

    • Marius Cirsta
      September 6, 2014

      Have a little faith, at least if the idea has some potential it can evolve. I bet people said the same thing about objects heavier than air flying.
      Most of them didn’t fly and the ones that did were pathetic at first but now we have …. you get the picture.

  16. Guest
    September 6, 2014

    dilithium crystals

  17. Boni M.
    September 6, 2014

    maybe they found a way to convert the heat in our palms to charge the battery..that way whenever you hold the phone,or put it in your pocket it keeps on charging..that would be kind of cool..

    • Marius Cirsta
      September 7, 2014

      Ain’t going to do it I think. There’s a stove that burn fuel and even with the heat from that it barely manages to make 0.5A or something.
      Heat alone won’t generate electric power. A difference in temperature will but it has to be significant I guess and will probably only work sometimes ( if it’s 40 deg C outside it most likely won’t work )

  18. Allanitomwesh
    September 6, 2014

    talk is cheap,get back to me after it’s launching

  19. balcobomber25
    September 6, 2014

    I am intriqued but it seems like nothing more than marketing, I expect it will have a battery similar to the THL 5000 that gives you a few days on a single charge. As for the solar panel how long do I have to stand in the sun with my phone? Most people I know wait till they are away from the glare of the sun to even take their phone out.

  20. Danny H.
    September 6, 2014

    Well, we all know the 2nd part of the old saying “when something sound too good to be true then…”

    • Marius Cirsta
      September 7, 2014

      Have a little faith, at least if the idea has some potential it can evolve. I bet people said the same thing about objects heavier than air flying.
      Most of them didn’t fly and the ones that did were pathetic at first but now we have …. you get the picture.

  21. Angry Mobile Nerd
    September 6, 2014

    Reeks of bullshi*t.

    Only Facebook and no official website? And those marketing graphics on their Facebook page are just horrible, totally amateur. Wouldn’t be surprised if they’re doing this just to build interest, then launch a kickstarter project for a big cash grab.

    Yeah I’m sceptical.

  22. Allanitomwesh
    September 6, 2014

    talk is cheap,get back to me after it’s launching

  23. desponent
    September 7, 2014

    Sounds scammy

    • Gab
      September 11, 2014

      Indeed. Now everything vanished. Facebook page. Twitter. Official website. Google Plus.

      • Madhan Kumar
        September 11, 2014

        yeah,it is!

  24. balcobomber25
    September 7, 2014

    I am intriqued but it seems like nothing more than marketing, I expect it will have a battery similar to the THL 5000 that gives you a few days on a single charge. As for the solar panel how long do I have to stand in the sun with my phone? Most people I know wait till they are away from the glare of the sun to even take their phone out.

  25. Angry Mobile Nerd
    September 7, 2014

    Reeks of bullshi*t.

    Only Facebook and no official website? And those marketing graphics on their Facebook page are just horrible, totally amateur. Wouldn’t be surprised if they’re doing this just to build interest, then launch a kickstarter project for a big cash grab.

    Yeah I’m sceptical.

  26. desponent
    September 7, 2014

    Sounds scammy

    • Guest
      September 11, 2014

      Indeed. Now everything vanished. Facebook page. Twitter. Official website. Google Plus.

    • Madhan Kumar
      September 11, 2014

      yeah,it is!

  27. Cuerex
    September 7, 2014

    it sucks up your bioelectrical energy so you can die sooner

    • qfqew
      September 22, 2014

      what do u mean bioelectrical energy?

      • Cuerex
        September 22, 2014

        have you ever watched the movie matrix and how the machines generate energy from humans? you should though

  28. Noob
    September 7, 2014

    I think it will have a dual battery that will automatically recharge an empty battery. Just a guess

  29. Cuerex
    September 7, 2014

    it sucks up your bioelectrical energy so you can die sooner

    • Guest
      September 22, 2014

      what do u mean bioelectrical energy?

    • Cuerex
      September 22, 2014

      have you ever watched the movie matrix and how the machines generate energy from humans? you should though

  30. Suresh Ramalingam
    September 7, 2014

    Plenty of emerging tech out there which can make mobile charging possible leading to ‘infinite’ battery. The most obvious one would be conversion of wifi signals to electric charging current. The tech has been in existence since 2010. However, I suppose it would be too much of a stretch of imagination for the ‘solar/wind’ variety here 🙂

  31. Guest
    September 7, 2014

    I think it will have a dual battery that will automatically recharge an empty battery. Just a guess

  32. yudhir
    September 7, 2014

    It could be a 15 year old behind all this..Unbelievable!! Show be something.

    • yudhir
      September 13, 2014

      See!

  33. Suresh Ramalingam
    September 7, 2014

    Plenty of emerging tech out there which can make mobile charging possible leading to ‘infinite’ battery. The most obvious one would be conversion of wifi signals to electric charging current. The tech has been in existence since 2010. However, I suppose it would be too much of a stretch of imagination for the ‘solar/wind’ variety here 🙂

  34. yudhir
    September 7, 2014

    It could be a 15 year old behind all this..Unbelievable!! Show be something.

    • yudhir
      September 13, 2014

      See!

  35. XICO2KX
    September 7, 2014

    It’s probably using some tech that uses *KINETIC ENERGY*!
    It charges your phone as you walk/move.
    If you really need a quick charge, just shake it a lot and you’re done! 😛
    Been waiting for a phone like that!!! 😀

  36. xico2kx
    September 7, 2014

    It’s probably using some tech that uses *KINETIC ENERGY*!
    It charges your phone as you walk/move.
    If you really need a quick charge, just shake it a lot and you’re done! 😛
    Been waiting for a phone like that!!! 😀

  37. adnan
    September 8, 2014

    i am completely agree with Marius Cirsta .. it can be used and will work …

  38. Guest
    September 8, 2014

    i am completely agree with Marius Cirsta .. it can be used and will work …

  39. aloex
    September 11, 2014

    it’s an italian start up , let’s say it

  40. Madhan Kumar
    September 11, 2014

    Sir,viro smartphone company seems to be a scam.They takedown the FACEBOOK page, TWITTER page, youtube videos WEBSiTE (only the countdown remains hidden at the bottom).. is this fake?

    and try to steal money from pre-selling?

    look:
    http://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/getviro.com

    it says:
    Although this website appears to be based in Denmark there are other countries involved and you should review this information carefully and decide if it is as you expect.This webite is very new , and as such doesn’t have an online reputation yet. As with all new businesses , we suggest that you take care and if necessary get in contact with the owners before placing an order of value.

    The website has been newly registered with a short life expectancy, which follows the pattern used by many fraudulent and fake selling websites. Please be vigilant and take extra care before providing any payment information.

  41. Guest
    September 11, 2014

    it’s an italian start up , let’s say it

  42. Madhan Kumar
    September 11, 2014

    Sir,viro smartphone company seems to be a scam.They takedown the FACEBOOK page, TWITTER page, youtube videos WEBSiTE (only the countdown remains hidden at the bottom).. is this fake?

    and try to steal money from pre-selling?

    look:
    http://www.scamadviser.com/check-website/getviro.com

    it says:
    Although this website appears to be based in Denmark there are other countries involved and you should review this information carefully and decide if it is as you expect.This webite is very new , and as such doesn’t have an online reputation yet. As with all new businesses , we suggest that you take care and if necessary get in contact with the owners before placing an order of value.

    The website has been newly registered with a short life expectancy, which follows the pattern used by many fraudulent and fake selling websites. Please be vigilant and take extra care before providing any payment information.