Entry-level Philips W6618 promises 66 day standby time, 33 hours talk time

by: Andrew GrushApril 17, 2014


We’ve come to a point where there’s only so far we can go when it comes to improving a smartphone’s raw power. This means that most of today’s flagships aren’t the massive jumps we once saw, and instead are more like incremental updates when compared to their predecessors.

Instead of attempting to fight in the spec war with increasing RAM sizes, powerful processors and high resolution displays, some manufacturers are choosing to turn to their attention to improving other aspects of the smartphone experience. For Motorola, the focus has been the user experience with its Moto X. Companies like OnePlus are trying to give us a reasonably low-cost device with high-end specs and a near-stock-like CM experience. And for Philips, the focus for the Philips W6618 is battery life.

The Philips W6618 is not at all a high-end device by any means, with a price tag of 1699 Yuan in China, or about $273. In fact, the specs are pretty boring with a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, microSD, and a 5-inch qHD display. Where the W6618 stands out is in the presence of a massive 5300 mAh battery, though that also means it is a bit thicker at 11.6mm.

Where the W6618 stands out is in the presence of a massive 5300 mAh battery

According to Philips, the handset can provide more than two months (66 days) of standby time, and as much as 33 hours of talktime! Of course actual battery life might be a lot lower if you’re running a bunch of apps or playing a bunch of games, but it’s hard not to be at least a little impressed.

The Philips W6618 is more than likely never going to make its way outside of select markets in Asia and perhaps Europe, and even if it did, the specs are probably too weak for most folks to care. That said, for modest first-time smartphone users that are used to feature phone battery lifecycles, something like the W6618 could be exactly what they are looking for.

What do you think, would you like to see other manufacturers take Phillips approach of shoving in a larger battery size at the sacrifice of thickness and weight? Would anyone be willing to buy a lower-powered device in exchange for battery life that can last days without much worry?

  • BenGezarit

    Monster battery :D

  • 4Liner

    The only thing prevents me from buying is Mediatek processor. Otherwise it’s quite promising as backup phone.

  • MasterMuffin

    I wonder who will be the first from the big guys to finally make that smartphone with a 4000 mAh battery (the one that every rumor always talks about and everyone believes it and it never happens :D). 5300 is just…!

  • Mikhail Foenko

    I love how the article dismisses a qHD display as “pretty boring”

  • Guest

    Definitely a step in the right direction. I only wish it didn’t have a MediaTek CPU, because with that CPU the phone will never see support from XDA. Sadly.
    I actually like the added weight and thickness. Most other modern phones feel way too flimsy to me or don’t have a big enough battery (HTC).

  • Now I’m stuck wondering what wonders that battery would do to my single core Xperia E (the current battery, 1530 mAh, gives a day or so of moderate usage).

  • Lindle

    Always wanted a regular smartphone (5″ or less) with a monster battery from a big manufacturer. Lenovo was first with their P770 and P780. Now we have this with even larger battery but similar specs. Specs are already good enough, having an A7 means even better battery life. Sadly, It’s Mediatek. I have no problems with speed but MTK are non-existent.

  • Andrew White

    Bigger batteries are not the solution, ultra fast charging is.
    A 5300 mAh battery obviously will last longer in a very low spec’d device, but charging will probably take 7 hours.
    Watching Youtube videos on combining ultra or supercapacitors with lithium ion batteries…some kind of hybridisation to increase charging rate and significantly reduce the time is one possible future.

    • GiannisT

      AFAIK Oppo has been the first to introduce real, actual fast charging with “Vooc” on the Find 7a. It is backwards compatible with bog-standard microusb chargers, but when connected to Oppo’s proprietary microusb charger it goes up to 75% within half an hour. This is the kind of innovation that is lost on Samsung…..