Many people would agree that battery life is the biggest issue in today’s smartphones. Technology has been improving at an incredible pace in almost every aspect, and yet the battery tech stayed more or less the same. Manufacturers are producing thinner and thinner handsets which results in small battery packs, and that ultimately means we have to struggle to through the day with a single charge. A lot of OEMs have started to manufacture devices which sport rather big batteries, and the China-based TCL company is definitely one of them.
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TCL has announced their P618L quite recently, there’s nothing that special about this device, but it does sport a big 5,000mAh unit on the inside. The TCL P618L features a 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display on the inside along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD / TF card). This handset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz which ships with an Adreno 306 GPU for graphics. The 13-megapixel camera is located on the back of TCL’s newest mid-ranger, and a 5-megapixel snapper is available on its front side. This device ships with Android 4.4.4 KitKat pre-installed with TCL’s skin installed on top of Google’s operating system. This device offers 4G LTE connectivity and you can also take advantage of its two SIM card slots.
As far as the design goes, this handset is made out of plastic, and as you can see in the images down below, its 3.5mm headphone jack is located on the bottom. This handset is only 9.15mm thick, which doesn’t exactly make it the thinnest player in town, but it’s not that thick either, especially considering the huge battery on the inside. You’ll find three capacitive buttons below the display of TCL P618L: back, home and menu button, respectively. The 2.5D curved glass is placed on top of the display, and the phone sports relatively thin side bezels, as you can see. The device also offers ‘Quick Charge’ functionality, which should make it possible for you to charge up the 5,000mAh battery relatively fast, and considering the relatively mid-range specs, that battery should last for a long time. This handset will launch in China soon, we don’t know exactly when though, nor will the company launch it in other markets.