ZTE Blade Max 3 (with a 4000 mAh battery) launched in the US for $199

US Cellular recently released a brand new ZTE smartphone that’s targeting folks in need of a large and affordable handset. Called ZTE Blade Max 3, the new device kind of succeeds the ZTE Imperial Max (launched by US Cellular a year ago).

Powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, the ZTE Blade Max 3 sports a 6-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, and packs a 4,000 mAh battery – good enough for a talk time of up to 40 hours, or a stand-by time of up to 31 days. The new handset further offers a fingerprint scanner, a 13 MP dual rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and a …


LG X Power 2 with massive 4,500 mAh battery to be released in early June for $265

One of the most impressive mid-range smartphones announced by LG at MWC 2017, the X Power 2 is likely to make its debut on the market in June. Although the smartphone will be rolled out globally, the first country to get it is South Korea.

The Korean media reports LG has decided to introduce the X Power 2 in the country in early June. All three major carriers in South Korea will sell the smartphone for around $265 outright.

Apparently, LG wants to get some feedback from consumers regarding the phone’s battery capacity before launching the X Power 2 in other …

15 tips and tricks to improve battery life on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

There is an interesting trend going on with modern smartphones over the last several years – big advancements are made in nearly all hardware and software areas, but battery life always seems to improve at a slower pace.

This peculiar progression can be clearly observed in 2017 – so far, some of the biggest Android manufacturers came out with flagships that have thin bezels, large displays, and beefed-up performance specs.

Samsung has been at the forefront of these developments, as the company’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets feature a beautiful new design …

Here are the crazy detailed battery checks Samsung enforced to make sure the Galaxy S8 does not catch fire

The recalled Galaxy Note 7 and its exploding battery was probably the biggest disaster for Samsung throughout its whole history of making phones. It seems to have also been the biggest lesson it learned from.
To make sure that exploding batteries and recalls never happen again in Samsung phones, the company has enforced some of the most rigorous battery testing in the industry and it has now published an impressive video showing all the things the company does to ensure its phones do not overheat and that batteries do not explode. Samsung …

Galaxy S8 battery life test: Snapdragon vs Exynos edition, a familiar tale

The Samsung Galaxy S8 has the same battery capacity as its predecessor the S7, but lasted longer when we ran it through our standardized battery benchmark. Since both phones come with the power-hungry high-res displays, we can attribute the better endurance mostly to the more frugal Snapdragon or Exynos chipsets of the S8. After all, they are made with the newest 10nm production node, compared to their 14nm siblings in the S7.

While the S8 certainly scores better in that department than the S7, they do share one battery life characteristic – the global version of the S8 with …

It sure looks like the Galaxy S8's battery won't explode even if you stab it with a knife

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Samsung’s Galaxy S8 blends beautiful design and performance effortlessly, but how much safer is its battery compared to the Galaxy Note 7?

In January, Samsung announced it would implement a new “8-point battery safety check” that would not only put all of its future phone batteries through extreme testing, but also include x-ray and human inspection checks.

A newly uploaded video by the popular “What’s Inside?” YouTube channel, done in collaboration with the YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, seems to confirm the Galaxy S8’s battery won’t catch on fire or explode, even when you stab it with a knife. Read more…

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HTC One X10 mid-ranger is official in Russia; phone carries a 4000mAh battery (UPDATE)


UPDATE: HTC has issued a press release. The phone will be launched in Russia this month in black and silver, priced at the equivalent of $355 USD.

Ever since we showed you the leaked teaser of the HTC One X10 that Evan Blass originally tweeted, we could sense (no pun intended) that HTC fans were getting giddy. Sure, the phone looked like a premium model with its fancy get up, but that wasn’t the reason for the wide smiles from the HTC faithful. Those came from the tag line which read “big style meets bigger battery.”

For years, HTC had two major issues that fans could not get …

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 to drop next week with 6.44-inch display, 5000mAh battery and more

During the latter stages of 2016, Xiaomi rolled out a slew of high-end smartphones. From the Mi Note 2 to the much-vaunted Mi MIX, the wave of new handsets demonstrated the Chinese firm’s willingness to challenge the industry’s front-runners. Then in February, we heard about a Mi Max 2 with a generous 6 gigs of RAM and an even more abundant 6.44-inch display. Now, it appears the device could be just a week away from its grand unveiling. 
As those interested in Xiaomi’s releases will probably know, the new Mi 6 is expected to be showcased on April 19th, exactly …

Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus both visit the FCC; premium model sports a 5000mAh battery

A Motorola handset sporting the model number XT1773 has received certification from the FCC. The model is believed to be the Motorola Moto E4 Plus. According to a tweet from tipster Roland Quandt, the Moto E4 will feature a MediaTek SoC instead of a Snapdragon chipset under the hood. But the biggest news about the device is the 5000mAh battery that is under the hood according to the FCC documentation. That would be the largest capacity battery ever placed inside a Motorola handset.

Earlier this week, the Motorola Moto E4 (XT1762) also was certified by the FCC, carrying a 2800mAh battery. …

5 affordable Snapdragon 625 phones with amazing battery life

Technology moves at a break-neck pace, but in certain areas this is a bit harder to feel and appreciate. One such area has been battery life, where for years we have been getting phones that last… well, a day. Some phones battery do a bit better, others a bit worse, but the general consensus is that you cannot get more than one day of battery life without visiting Mr. Wall Charger.
Things do not have to be this way and a few phones recently prove this. Interestingly, they are not flagship-grade devices, but all are a bit more affordable. …