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Meet the Gionee M5, the first Android Lollipop smartphone with two batteries inside

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Meet the Gionee M5, the first Android Lollipop smartphone with two batteries inside
Earlier this week, Gionee revealed that it would soon introduce the M5, a smartphone with not one, but two batteries - a rare sight to behold.

While Gionee didn't provide too many details about the M5, we can now take a look at it thanks to China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, which is also listing most of the handset's features.

Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the Gionee M5 is a mid-range smartphone with a 5.5-inch 720p AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space. The handset also has a 5 MP front-facing camera, and an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash. It measures 152 x 76 x 8.6 mm, and is pretty hefty, weighing 213 grams - but that's understandable, as two batteries can't be lightweight. Speaking of which, we still don't know the batteries' capacities.

While the M5 is the first Lollipop handset to include two batteries, it's not the world's first smartphone to achieve this. For example, the Innos D6000 (announced at MWC 2015) also has a couple of batteries inside, but this one runs Android KitKat.

The Gionee M5 is certainly an interesting device. We'll let you know more about it when Gionee officially announces the new smartphone - which should happen soon.


source: TENAA

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posted on 26 May 2015, 20:27 11

1. phljcnth (Posts: 485; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Why make 2 separate batteries when you can use one with the capacity the same as the two combined?

posted on 26 May 2015, 21:03 3

4. Sauce5 (unregistered)


I was curious on the same matter. Anyone have a knowledgable answer for this?

posted on 26 May 2015, 21:26 1

6. blazee (Posts: 412; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Idk but my guess would be that either the battery life lasts longer or its easier to find space under the hood for 2 small batteries rather than one big one.

posted on 26 May 2015, 22:36 3

12. jalebi2000 (Posts: 180; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


because two batteries charge twice as fast as one big battery. Search it on google if you don't believe me. number 2, you can swap one battery out without having to turn off the device. hope that helped

posted on 27 May 2015, 00:28 1

15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


While two smaller batteries will charge faster than one larger battery, the difference is not nearly as great as you would have us believe. For example, two 1500mAh batteries would take well over half the time to charge that one 3000mAh would. The relationship is not directly linear like that. That being said, it is still a potential advantage.

posted on 27 May 2015, 01:30 1

18. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


It actually is. The just need to have an algorithm that supports having the two batteries getting the same, consistent charge

posted on 27 May 2015, 05:47

25. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You'll have to excuse me for not taking your word on that.

posted on 27 May 2015, 04:52

24. sukampret (Posts: 36; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


1. why not using different controller? i mean 2 or more separate batt in one physical. Ala 2 or more cored proc. it will save space.
2. i agree with that.

posted on 26 May 2015, 21:54 2

10. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


It charges faster.

posted on 26 May 2015, 21:59 1

11. joeboxer (Posts: 42; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


Let me say it this way, when u hav two batteries, u can charge both at the same time, so it results in faster charge time, also, having two batteries means that u can take out one battery while still using the phone

posted on 27 May 2015, 03:24

21. dimas (Posts: 2266; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I thought I read somewhere that they're the big.Little principle on these 2 batteries: One for running apps and on screen time while the other is for the standby mode. When the battery for apps are exhausted, the phone switch using battery for standby mode like an emergency back up power. Producing one massive battery is risky in production. One defective unit means a large chunk of money thrown at the garbage. If 10 out of 5000 units of 10,000mah batteries produced are lemon that's a traumatic horror story for the whole factory.

posted on 27 May 2015, 08:37

26. willzzz (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 May 2015)


There is actually a good advantage if the two batteries output different voltages. Different components require different voltages and converting causes losses. If you had batteries tailored to specific components you would see increased efficiency.

However I don't think this is what Gionee have actually done, more likely it is about the faster charging.

posted on 27 May 2015, 11:12

27. we33233 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 May 2015)


I think most of the replies are missing the point. With 2 batteries you can hotswap the batteries to recharge. When you get to the office, you remove one battery and put the old one of the charger on your desk. When you get home you swap the other battery with the charged one in the home changer. You never need to put the phone down and you never need to wait for the phone to power down and restart if you only had one battery.

posted on 27 May 2015, 16:37

28. willzzz (Posts: 33; Member since: 27 May 2015)


Can you though? Are they even removable?

posted on 28 May 2015, 08:54

29. michaelny2001 (Posts: 127; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


True, but i was wondering what is they have 2 3,000mA? Now that would last a few days.

posted on 26 May 2015, 20:46

2. UglyFrank (Posts: 1732; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


The Innos D6000 & D6000m (with two hot swap-able batteries) have already been announced so.....

posted on 26 May 2015, 21:22

5. UglyFrank (Posts: 1732; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Chris P even wrote about it in March at MWC
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Innos-D6000-hands-on-A-phone-with-two-batteries_id66869

posted on 26 May 2015, 21:28 1

7. Florin.T (Posts: 233; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Read the article, not just the title :)

posted on 26 May 2015, 21:40

9. Sauce5 (unregistered)


Florin, maybe you can do a piece on this? All my friends are spamming each other

" effective. 
Power
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Send that to someone with an iPhone it turns their phone off "

It's restarted my springboard a few times so far.

edit: apparently those specific Arabic words screw up something within the iPhone. Been around since iOS6? This is socially spreading like wildfire currently

source: https://www.reddit.com/r/jailbreak/comments/37e7di/wtf_i_just_got_a_text_that_resprings_my_phone/

posted on 26 May 2015, 22:40

13. blazee (Posts: 412; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


Lmao I just sent it to all my group chats and everyone w an iPhone said their phones turned off.

posted on 27 May 2015, 02:57

20. gaming64 (unregistered)


I found something that helps
I think I can provide an explanation. :)
The rat part of the text is irrelevant. Although messages is incapable of rendering it, the unicode in that text goes on indefinitely without stopping. Similar to a badly coded, indefinitely counting counter in JavaScript that causes your browser to crash, this causes messages to take up a lot more memory than normal, leading to iOS killing the largest process, the springboard.
I'm making this hypothesis based on the fact that this crash was successfully done on my jailbroken iPad, but was unable to be done on my phone, where I have more memory allocated to the springboard to help prevent crashes.

source:alien_screw:reddit user

posted on 26 May 2015, 20:51

3. gaming64 (unregistered)


2 batteries? You can simply fuse them and use one battery that can cost less although I would give credit for the manufacturer in making a this concept.

posted on 26 May 2015, 21:31 2

8. ddxmms (Posts: 170; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


galaxy alpha uses 1850 battery and it can last all day so i think its not just the capacity that matters but also the processor, so in my opinion it will be better if manufacturers Focused on this matter instead of something like double batteries !

posted on 26 May 2015, 23:28

14. Simona (unregistered)


Parena pls review vivo x5pro

posted on 27 May 2015, 00:40

16. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Two batteries having same capacity which could be bigger than the one with highest power, possible.
Also two batteries can charge faster at the same time with the same connector by dividing charging wires inside.

Or... instead of concluding / guessing it would be better to sit back, relax and wait for the official announcement. :)

posted on 27 May 2015, 00:59

17. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Well the display is AMOLED which is good but should have been 1080p instead of 720p.

posted on 27 May 2015, 03:40

22. EcoCare (Posts: 434; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


This phone is mainly for endurance anyway.

posted on 27 May 2015, 02:05

19. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


...Speaking of which, we 'sill' don't know the batteries' capacities.

posted on 27 May 2015, 03:57

23. carlemillward (unregistered)


Let's hope ... doesn't use this and say they are the first to have it.

posted on 28 May 2015, 09:01

30. philopek (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 May 2015)


considering various new multi-modular innovations popping up around us i think that those single solutions ( solving just one of many possible task) will not prevail. wanna know what i meant? have a look into this latest iteration of modular mobile computing: forum.xda-developers.com/hardware-hacking/hardware​/nexpaq-cross-platform-cross-cevice-t3096951/post6​0450828?nocache=1

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