Did you know that the first phones with a 5000mAh battery are coming next month?

Did you know that the first phones with a 5000mAh battery are coming next month?
The single most-quoted complaint about current-day smartphones seems to be their poor battery life. Most recent flagships now easily last a full day, but even they, with their batteries in the vicinity of 3000mAh capacity, find it hard to go without a re-charge for longer than two days in most cases. But what if there was a phone that could last much longer, what if a phone maker would just make a handset with, say... a 5000mAh battery!

You might think it's impossible - no first-tier company has ever done this after all, and you'd be quick to judge us and say this is nothing more than just wishful thinking. These days, two companies went against all odds and each unveiled a phone with such a fantastically huge juicer. You probably have not heard about these companies - after all, they are not from the first-tier list of Apples, Samsungs, LGs, HTCs, and Sonys we hear about on a daily basis.

The first such daring company to make the dream of a 5000mAh-battery phone a reality is Chinese Eton, with the Eton "Thundergod" (or Eton "Thor", the translation from Chinese is approximate). You'd think that such a phone would be much thicker than what's on the market right now, but in reality that's not the case either - the Eton Thundergon is not razor thin at 0.35 inches (9mm), but we would not call it thick either. 

Shortly after, a larger Chinese phone maker followed. ThL (a company the name of which hilariously stands for "Technology Happy Life") unveiled its ThL 5000, a straight-forward name for its first Android smartphone with a 5000mAh (silicon anode Li-Po) battery. In fact, the ThL 5000 has the same 13-megapixel Sony IMX135 image sensor as the high-performance LG G3 (but we're yet to see how the two compare in terms of actual image quality). 

Most importantly, though, the THL 5000 comes with the promise of 1000 hours of standby longevity, 47 hours of talk time, 11 hours of web browsing, 125 hours of audio listening, and 11.6 hours of video play.

The two phones are expected to arrive in June, and best of all, their price hovers around $300 off-contract, nearly half the price of first-tier flagships.


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48 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Waiting for Sony, LG, HTC, or Samsung to make a phone with 5,000mAh of battery then I'll buy it for sure

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Why do you have to wait for those companies to gouge you?

23. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Because we like it that way in America

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Ah I hope everyone knows this already, but like all of Samsung's flagships Galaxy S3/S4/S5/Note 1/2/3, you can swap out the battery and back cover. Their is even 3rd parties that make extended batteries and back covers for the phones. Zerolemon has a 10000mha battery and back cover for the note 3, and they also sell a 7500mha battery and cover for the S5. There are other 3rd parties that make extended batteries as well. Now that the G3 has a removable battery, maybe a 3rd party company will make an extended battery and cover for the G3.

35. wilsong17 unregistered

Agree I have the 10000mah zero lemon heavy use you can abuse the note 3

33. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Lol, love your honest answer - that and a lot of times, the other phones only get 2G here...

27. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Bc I don't think I trust ThL for smartphone just yet nor I have any experience with their phones. If I'm going to shovel out good money for my phone, i want to know I can trust the company. Unless that phone is like $200 then I'll get one.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

All of Samsung's flagships can get extended batteries already.

31. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I know, but when it comes to battery, I rather go with OEM and not 3rd parties. It's just my preference.

43. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Stay with a reputable brand such as Anker, New Trent or Zero Lemon and you should be fine. Those are the ones that come to mind right now.

48. roger_m

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

The phone will cost $200

39. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's because their the top companies that can beat Apple

38. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Huawei mediapad x1 has already 5000mah battery, seeing in a small phone will be more nicer.... seems like these days only chinese companies are innovating

2. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

They must be using some third rate processors because those times are not very good given the size of the battery. The LG G2 has the same video watching and browsing battery life times with a much smaller battery.

3. Haridenberg

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It's f***in' awesome

4. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I'll stick with LG, they have great battery optimization.

5. CheckThisOut2k

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

I have the Droid Razr Maxx with a 3300 mAh battery (non-removable.) The first year was fine until I kept charging it because I want full battery at work and now, it seems like I'm charging my phone twice a day. I have a feeling this 5000 mAh battery will make your phone hot and laggy.

8. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

If the battery had been removable, you could have replaced it for 20 dollars. It sucks to be non-removable. John B.

11. CheckThisOut2k

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Yeah, I've been dealing with a non-removable battery for two years now. I'm never going back to Motorola ever again!

44. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Yep. I'll take a plastic cover with a removable battery every time.

10. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Sluggishness have nothing to do with battery capacity... I charge my Xperia Acro S twice a day for more than a year already (very heavy user and mediocre battery) and seems to have the same performance... Battery seems to be similar to when I first bought it.

24. Edward_bly

Posts: 278; Member since: Dec 11, 2013

I don't seem to have that problem, I have an Lg Optimus G that packs a 2100mah battery. It lasts me all day with a single charge with close to heavy usage. It's close to being a year (in 15 days). I recommend a portable battery pack, they're cheap on eBay.

28. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Why do you people always make excuses for non-removable batteries? Just do this. Just do that. The poster has admitted to experiencing problems with non-removable batteries just like many others. What part of "batteries fail" are people not understanding? There is far more outside the scope of a battery just lasting a day. I could hook a marine battery to my phone and make it last a month. The bottom line is cost to consumers. Removable battery can prevent a ton of cash exerted in repairs. I don't care about duration of charge as much as what maybe keeping it from lasting the duration. If it's not lasting as lng as it used to and keeps diminishing, the battery needs to be replaced before it causes other problems. It's as simple as that. No excuses. No extra battery packs. Doing it yourself will save you a small fortune. John B.

6. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Im interested in some proof that G3 has IMX135. I havent found anything that shows it really has that, and if you check the system dump of a G3 it has drivers for both IMX135 and IMX214.

7. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

All this is doing, is prepping us for even more poweful devices along with higher pixel density that will extricate more battery drain. My prediction? Very little change in how long the device will last on a single charge. John B.

9. jrod78414

Posts: 102; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

so it means you are not buyig any phones in the meantime

12. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

No. It reminds me that as advanced as automobiles are today, we are not getting anymore mileage than I did from my '88 Toyota Corolla I had back then. 45mpg. The oil industry doesn't want anyone getting more gas mileage due to loss off sales and the battery manufacturers don't want longer usage times. As I have been consistently beating down on the subject, the battery is the most failed component on a device other than cracked screens. The battery OEMs want revenue. They spend millions on knowing upcoming technology just so they can make billions. Panasonic stands to make a 20% increase in revenue due to battery sales. This why we as consumers need to fight to keep accessibility to batteries. Even though we will need to replace the battery, it would be done by ourselves at 20-30 dollars rather than 200 dollars at a service hub. John B.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Good post...

32. Chidoro43

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Look at fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymodel/1988_Toyota_Corolla.sh​tml for what the Corolla is acutally rated at, a 2100 lb car with 110 hp and zero of the emission prevention cars have today. cars are basically zero emission vehicles these days, it's an amazing feat. In other words, I wouldn't get all 'loose change' over the oil industry and car manufactures when comparing to cell phone batteries. Batteries are inherently fragile. People put their phones under ridiculous stress situations, especially hot weather. It's amazing they don't fail more often than they do. All that being said, I agree that having accessible batteries is an important feature to fight for.

37. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

But, they do fail more often than people think. They just don't recognize the symptoms and write it off as a failed device rather than a failed battery. The industry is trying to groom the consumer that batteries are fail safe when in reality, they are the most fickle component in a device. We agree that removable batteries should inherently be present to allow visual checks and testing such as swelling which could cause stress on the PC board and crack it causing many problems that appear to be device issues. John B.

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