Meet the (leaked) Lenovo P770, the first smartphone with a 3,500 mAh battery

November 6, 2012
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    Phone manufacturers have found themselves involved in a lot of high-stakes battles lately, including the races for the world’s thinnest gadget, the snappiest processor or the highest resolution display.

    But if there’s one area we haven’t seen enough innovation and development in, that’s definitely the battery life, with the battle being more or less left at Motorola’s discretion. The Razr Maxx and Maxx HD, with their 3,300 mAh batteries, are the clear leaders in the autonomy department, but they still feel like they can be pushed further forward.

    Both handhelds can get running times of 12, 15 or even 20 hours between charges in certain conditions, but is that really enough? Not for many folks, who are craving for a super-phone capable of a 24 or even 48 hour autonomy.

    That’s where the Lenovo P770 comes in, boasting a record 3,500 mAh battery while not exactly having the high-end specs necessary to drain the “juice” out of it very fast. The P770 is not a confirmed device, so all info about it should be taken with a pinch of salt, although we have a couple of legit-looking leaked pics confirming its existence.

    One of the photos even shows off the monster battery in all its splendor, so we can definitely start dreaming. The phone is moreover rumored to come at the low, low price of 1,700 Yuan ($270) in China, so what could go wrong?

    Unfortunately, a lot of things. First off, I can’t shake the feeling that something’s off here. I mean, Lenovo is not a no-name Chinese manufacturer, so why would a super-battery phone like this be so cheap?

    Secondly, a humongous battery doesn’t guarantee a great autonomy and it could give birth to other inconveniences, such as an overly robust and bulky figure. Finally, do we really want a possibly record-breaking device like this to be a mid-ranger from all other aspects besides the battery capacity?

    Oh right, I almost forgot. The rumored spec sheet of the P770 includes a dual-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT6577 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 pix res display, and an 8 MP rear-facing shooter. No words on availability, while Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is said to come either on board or as an update “soon after the launch”.

    Excited or not really? Could someone like Lenovo do what Samsung or HTC have been unable to? Would you buy the P770 if all the phone had going for it was the battery life? And finally, should we expect other handhelds to pop up with 3,500 or even 4,000 mAh batteries?

    Comments

    • TechGuy

      My Galaxy Note II has a 3200mAh removable battery which lasts me a whole day.I always carry a charged spare though. Thank heavens for phones with removable batteries!

    • Patrick

      “Would you buy the P770 if all the phone had going for it was the battery life?”

      But the other specs quoted were perfectly OK for a mid-ranger. And ‘mid-range’ simply is good enough for most of us.

      A 4 1/2″ screen at an acceptable resolution, fantastic day battery life, from a respectable (not Chinese no-name) manufacturer, and at that price point? Count me in. And a hell of a lot of others.

    • D@fy

      I have had Lenovo phones for some time now. Currently A789 with 2000mAh battery. Never disappointed. I like the specs and will be getting the P770 when available

    • Twisted247

      Battery life alone will not sell me on a mobile device. I personally demand A LOT from my device, that’s why I have a Note 2. Has to be an All around kick as device, not just a contender but a winner. Note 2 is the top of the market right now period. Especially considering the U.S. Market (where I am). LG Optimus is the only thing which is close* close being key, LG’s UI is sooo far beyond Samsung is not even funny. Only other international contender would be the unofficial Oppo finder 5.

      • Twisted247

        sooo far behind** predictive beat me, disqus wouldn’t let me login in to edit within the time frame even though I Had to login to post with the same username/email + pw … POS

    • http://twitter.com/TNM001 TNM

      Sure, this is the perfect Mid-Range phone for ppl who switch from feature-phones and want the same batterylife they are used to.

      Makes perfect sense, just not for nerds ;)

    • juny

      Lenovo 780 has a larger battery capacity @ 4000 mAh but 770 is more highlighted…why?

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