Huawei gets charged with juicy Android handset
Three-day battery life, anyone?
Huawei has bumped up the battery life with its latest Android smartphone, unveiling an energetic handset which'll keep running for up to three days.
The Huawei Honour runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1.4GHz processor. It packs a 4in capacitive touchscreen and comes with with an 8Mp rear-facing camera and a 2Mp webcam, as well as DLNA capabilities.
But its all about the battery life here, the phone featuring a 1900mAh juicebox which gifts owners up to three days use from a single charge, Huawei claimed. This is apparently the longest battery life of any smartphone with a 4in screen.
The Huawei Honour will touch down in the UK sometime during 2012, with exact pricing and availability to be set at a later date. ®
And it makes phone calls.
Got no chance.
About time someone started getting the battery life sorted on these things. My first mobile back in '97 was a Phillips Fizz, a brick of a thing that, despite its weight, could only manage a paltry day without needing a recharge. Now with smartphones, we've come full circle to an expectation of only lasting a day between charges.
I had hoped that next-gen phones would start using more power efficient CPUs and we'd get better battery life, but the emphasis seems to have been on dual core & faster CPUs rather than time between charges. Running Angry Birds & watching HD movies seems to be the priority over being able to use your phone for more than a day...
Battery == consumable item
Then... buy a new battery, or ask your carrier for a replacement if you have a service plan?
Try one of the beefed-up Seidio replacements available at Amazon for around 40-50 quid. The 2700mAh in my 9700 goes a week between charges.
Incidentally, along with the unified messaging screen, which no other mobile UI seems to get right, monster battery life is the principal reason I've stuck with BlackBerry. If other manufs. can improve on the de facto standard crappy 12 hour life of smartphones generally I'd be quick to switch.
So they'll be on the market around the time I'm going to look at getting a new phone eh?
For me, the battery life is the biggest smartphone annoyance. This looks quite nice as well
Is that 3 days with the backdoor open to the Chineese Government, or without?