A growing trend has seen Chinese phone makers offer larger and larger batteries in their phones this year, we list
10 11 phones with larger than 3500mAh battery that might make the perfect Christmas gift.
Each year the Chinese phone industry has collectively focussed on improving one area of phone technology. This year it seems like everyone had a go at improving battery life and charge times.
We have put together a list of the most up to date large battery Chinese smartphones that are available now or within the next few weeks.
Most phones from Homtom have larger than average battery packs, but the Homtom HT6 has something huge inside. This 5.5-inch phone boasts a 6250mAh battery pack for a claimed battery life of 7 days or 72 hours of talk time.
Homtom haven’t just shoehorned a large battery in to a phone and hoped for the best, they have also chosen very efficient hardware to make the most of the big battery.
The HT6 has a 5.5-inch HD display, 1.0Ghz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. Internal memory is 16GB, but an SD slot will accept up to 128GB cards.
Like many other large battery phones the Homtom HT6 is equipped with USB OTG, a feature that allows you to charge other devices from your phone, and also Mediatek’s Pump Express fast change system, meaning a 5 minute top up will give you 90 minutes of talk time, and 30 minutes of charging will give you a whole day of talk time!
The Homtom HT6 is the battery flagship of the Homtom range, but that large battery comes in a 5.5-inch body that might be too large for some people to be happy with carrying around, so what about the 5-inch HT5?
The Homtom HT5 comes with a 4250mAh battery pack for 5 days of use or 60hours of talk time. A 5-inch HD display offers the same resolution but greater pixel density to the HT6, and the phone packs HotKnot file transfer protocol too.
A wood look rear panel is removable and gives access to the user replaceable battery back, dual SIM slots and micro SD card tray. The whole phone is built around a solid metal chassis for strength and there is even a Corning Gorilla Glass panel across the screen for added security.
The Blackview BV5000 was one of the surprise phones for us this year. This is a rugged Android smartphone with large 5000mAh battery designed for use in all walks off life. You can read our full Blackview BV5000 review here, but to some it all up we were impressed by the honest specs and high quality of the BV500’s build.
The attention to detail really sticks with you with the Blackview BV5000 coming with a rugged metal and rubber body, a removable rear that is screwed in to place and a heavy-duty rubber seal to prevent water ingress. Overall the performance and value of the BV5000 is great, and OTA updates are a true bonus.
The Oukitel K4000 packs a 4000mAh battery as it name suggests, but the phone is designed to offer a little more in the way of style and durability than its competition. The K4000 is built on a magnesium alloy chassis and has a tough screen that can withstand hammer blows.
According to Oukitel the K4000 is good for 5 days of normal use or 2.5 days of heavy usage. A fully charged battery should also see the phone good for 72 hours of talk time or 20 days of standby.
The bigger brother of the Oukitel K4000 is the K6000 boasting a more stylish design, larger 5.5-inch display and very large 6000mAh battery. Again the hardware has been optimised to make the most from the 6000mAh battery pack with the processor being a Mediatek quad-core unit running at only 1.0Ghz.
We might be getting just as fed up with the Vowney launch as you are, but the phone is finally on pre-order and it does meet the large battery criteria for our list. The Vowney comes in two versions, the Lite model with 1080 display and flagship with 2K panel.
Overall specifications are very similar with both variants sporting a powerful Mediatek chipset, 21 mega-pixel rear camera, and rear fingerprint scanner. Looking at the specs I would probably opt for the FHD model as performance is likely to be slightly better and the 4000mAh battery pack in phone should last a little longer.
The ZUK Z1 differs from most of the other phones on the list being a Snapdragon powered phone, but also because it is a device from a start up. The ZUK Z1 is designed to be a high performance gaming and video consumption device, and as such ZUK build the Z1 with a large 4000mAh battery and powerful Snapdragon 801 plus 3GB RAM combo.
Other than that large battery other highlights of the ZUK Z1 include official Cyanogen OS ROM support, USB Type C, fingerprint scanner, 5.5-inch FHD display and surprisingly good audio quality.
Lenovo Vibe X3
Lenovo only just announced the Vibe X3 in China this week, but the phone will be shipping form the 25th November and comes with a host of neat features. Like the ZUK Z1 the Lenovo Vibe X3 comes with a Snapdragon chipset, but this time a more modern Snapdragon 808. The phone has one of the smallest battery of our list with ‘just’ a 3600mAh cell, but with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 fast charge system.
The Vibe X3 is an audio centric devices with dual front speakers, high-end audio processors and Dolby Atmos. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the rear, and top of the range models have a 21 mega-pixel main camera.
We spoke to Ulefone about including the Ulefone Power in this list as we weren’t sure when the phone would finally be available. The current situation is the Power has had a few design and material changes to the rear of the phone and is now scheduled for a December release date.
Ulefone have been quiet about the hardware of the Ulefone Power for a while but we believe the phone will ship with a 6000mAh battery, fingerprint scanner and up to 3GB RAM. Other details include a 13 mega-pixel main camera, 5 mega-pixel front and a 5.5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 display.
Gionee Elife E8
The Gionee Elife E8 launched months back, but recently went on sale in India and is also available under the BLU name in the U.S. The 6-inch 2K phone runs a Mediatek Helio X10 chipset and 24 mega-pixel rear camera that can take photos of up to 120 mega-pixel.
Despite the large 6-inch 2K panel and powerful chip, the Gionee Elife E8 has the smallest battery in our list at 3520mAh, still this is quite a large battery in the grand scheme of things and should ensure pretty decent battery life.
VK World VK6050S
VK World’s entrant in to the top list of large battery phones is the VK6050. I’m sure it doesn’t take much to work out the battery size of this phone is 6050mAh. Like the HomTom and Oukitel phones, the VK6050S has a 1.0Ghz Quad-core processor, driving a 5.5-inch HD display and Android 5.1 Lollipop.
Interestingly the VK looks like the K4000 and HT5, but with a larger 5.5-inch display on the front instead.
VK have also include a 13 mega-pixel F2.0 aperture rear camera, 5 mega-pixel front and Hotknot file sharing features.