The battery in my roughly two-year-old phone fucking sucks. It is an honest-to-god miracle if the phone isn’t dead by about 3 in the afternoon. Theoretically, I am the exact target market for the Energizer P18K, described (by them) as “the world’s longest lasting smartphone“.
This phone promised a lot: 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, five cameras, and a battery life that would allow you to watch two consecutive, continuous days of video playback on one charge. The drawback? The phone is enormous.
All of us: Stop making phones smaller at the expense of battery! I don't mind a thick phone with an all day battery.
Energizer: Say no more. pic.twitter.com/0qO9MbJ3SC
— Afdtechtalk (@afdtechtalk) February 26, 2019
The other drawback? It didn’t get funded. For reasons I don’t fully understand, Energiser and Avenir Telecom decided to try and crowdfund this one, putting the phone up on IndieGoGo with a goal of just over $1.7 million.
A lofty goal, to be certain, and one they very much did not meet, with the campaign finishing today with a total of $21,268 pledged from backers.
It’s unclear at this stage whether they will try again, resort to a more traditional funding model, or hit the drawing board and maybe try and find a middle ground between decent battery life and brick-sized device.Image: Sam Rutherford