Energizer Bunny Hops Into MWC With 18000 mAh Phones And Pop-Up Selfie Cams
When you think of the name Energizer, smartphones don't come to mind unless you are talking about accessories like battery chargers. That will change at MWC 2019 later this month when Energizer rolls out 26 new smartphones. A company called Avenir is building the devices, and it has given up some details on them ahead of the official unveiling at MWC. If you are a “go all day with no outlet” sort of person, the PowerMax series might get you excited with units having 18,000 mAh and 16,000mAh batteries inside. Sadly that's all we know about those devices right now, but we do know lots more about the Ultimate series.
The first phones are the Ultimate U620S Pop and the U630S Pop; they share some of the same features between them. They both have dual pop-up selfie cameras to avoid having the annoying notch that so many smartphone users despise. The pop-up notch has dual cameras with a 16MP main camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Despite what you might think for the naming conventions of the two devices, the Energizer Ultimate U620S Pop is the more premium of the devices. It packs a 6.2-inch 1080p+screen and uses a MediaTek Helio P70 chipset inside along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. When that runs out, there is a MicroSD card slot as well.
On the back is a triple rear camera setup that includes 16MP, 5MP, and 2MP sensors. The assumption is that the 2MP unit is a depth sensor, the 16MP sensor will be the main camera, and it is a mystery right now what the 5MP sensor is for. Perhaps the 5MP sensor is for wide-angle photography; we will have to wait until MWC to find out for sure. The smartphone has a side-mounted fingerprint reader and packs a 3,200 mAh battery inside that supports fast charging tech; the phone is said to launch in July.
The Energizer Ultimate U630S Pop has a 6.3-inch screen and 720p+ resolution; it uses a Helio P22 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It has a 3,500 mAh battery and has a dual rear camera system using 16MP and 2MP sensors. The fingerprint reader is on the side of this device too. The U630S Pop has a hump on the back that appears to align with the pop-up selfie camera; the smartphone will launch in June.
The Energizer Ultimate U650S will have a 6.5-inch screen with 720p+ resolution, and a waterdrop notch with a 16MP selfie camera. The rear cameras are 16MP and 2MP units, and it uses a Helio P22 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. A microSD card slot is integrated, and power is from a 3,500 mAh battery with fast charging via USB-C; the launch date is set for October on this one.
The next device is the Energizer Ultimate U620S; it differs from the Ultimate U620S Pop in that it has no pop-up selfie camera. This one has a 6.2-inch 720p+ screen, and a waterdrop notch 16MP selfie camera, along with dual 16MP and 2MP cameras out back. The chipset is a MediaTek MT6765, and it has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The phone has a giant 4,000mAh battery and will come in purple/blue or blue/green gradients; launch is set for June. This device has a headphone port.
The last of the devices we have details on now is the Energizer Ultimate U570S; it's the smallest of these devices with a 5.7-inch screen offering 720p+ resolution. It has a front notch that is U-shaped with a 16MP selfie camera and rear 16MP and 2MP dual camera sensors. It uses an unspecified quad-core processor and 32GB of storage. Power is from a 3,000 mAh internal battery, and it has a headphone port. This phone and the U620S above are the only two that have headphone ports of the series. This smartphone will launch in April with a purple/blue gradient, blue, and yellow color options. No pricing information is offered on any of the devices, but these shouldn't be crazy expensive smartphones.
There will be all sorts of cool stuff at MWC 2019 other than hoards of smartphones, one of the items expected to debut is the Microsoft HoloLens 2.