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

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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30 Comments

1. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

4. Sauce5 unregistered

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

6. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 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.

12. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 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

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

18. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

24. sukampret

Posts: 36; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

10. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

It charges faster.

11. joeboxer

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 19, 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

21. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

26. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 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.

27. we33233

Posts: 1; Member since: May 27, 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.

28. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

Can you though? Are they even removable?

29. michaelny2001

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

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

2. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

7. Florin.T

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Read the article, not just the title :)

9. Sauce5 unregistered

Florin, maybe you can do a piece on this? All my friends are spamming each other " effective.  Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗 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/

13. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

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

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

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.

8. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 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 !

14. Simona unregistered

Parena pls review vivo x5pro

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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. :)

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

22. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

This phone is mainly for endurance anyway.

19. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

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

23. carlemillward unregistered

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

30. philopek

Posts: 2; Member since: May 17, 2015

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