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This 18,000mAh battery has a phone in it

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I told you MWC 2019 would be a show where things got weird, but even I didn’t anticipate a company being wild enough to build a phone with an 18,000mAh battery.

France’s Avenir Telecom licenses the Energizer brand, and it makes the most of it with devices that push the boundaries of specs and sanity.

This dark blue unit measures in at 18mm of thickness, according to Avenir’s spec sheet, but stacking it side by side with a more conventional smartphone, I’d say a more accurate articulation of its thickness would be about 3.5 iPhones.

An epic battery of such proportions had better last a long time, and Avenir promises a week’s worth of use, or two full days, 48 hours, of continuous video playback.

That sounds conservative since we got a week from a phone with a battery measuring about half as large.

The 6.2-inch LCD display of the Power Max P18K Pop surprised me: it’s really not terrible, has minimal bezels and no notches or cutouts, and would be something I’d be happy to use.

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