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Samsung’s new Galaxy XCover Pro rugged smartphone brings removable batteries back

Even though the buzz of CES 2020 is underway, Samsung managed to quietly bring a new phone to market: the Galaxy XCover Pro, a rugged smartphone that can take a beating. This is the successor to the XCover 4, which launched in 2017. Now, people that need a rugged smartphone have some higher-end tech available […]

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Android ad fraud scheme drained users’ batteries and data

BuzzFeed News has confirmed a massive ad fraud scheme, which was originally uncovered by at least two fraud detection firms, that drained users' batteries and data. The scheme begins by hijacking the in-app advertisements of developers using Twitter'…
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Panasonic’s Android Toughbooks can swap batteries on the fly

Panasonic has launched two new handheld Toughbooks for the workplace, and in addition to being rugged, they also have removable batteries. To be precise, the company says their batteries are "warm swappable," which likely means they be replaced witho…
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Tesla says it’s being underpaid because its batteries are too fast

It looks like Tesla's batteries are too fast for their own good. As the Sydney Morning Herald reports, the company claims it's not being properly paid for the electricity its South Australia battery farm is generating for the country's power grid. An…
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Water-based electrolytes promise safer phone batteries

It's hard to completely escape safety issues with lithium-ion batteries, in part due to the nature of the electrolytes that charge and release energy when ions shuttle between electrodes. They usually have to be made of easily combustible chemicals…
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Report: Samsung Note 7 probe finds batteries caused fires

Samsung has concluded that the Galaxy Note 7's fires and explosions were caused by battery problems, not the phone's hardware or software, Reuters reports. The information comes from "a person familiar with the matter," rather than an official source…
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Salt-based batteries could make your next mobile device cheaper and greener

Sodium is a lot more plentiful than lithium, so sodium-ion batteries could mean cost savings for every gadget lover. And there’s been a breakthrough.

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Lenovo’s Vibe P1 and P1m handsets to launch in India on October 21st with huge batteries in tow


Some manufacturers follow the strategy of slimming down the handset’s battery to make the device as thin as possible, often, seemingly, to the detriment of the user experience. Lenovo is bucking that trend, though, with its Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m handsets sporting batteries with capacities of 5,000mAh and 4,000mAh respectively. According to a media invite sent out earlier, Lenovo is launching both handsets in India on October 21st.


Let’s take a look at the larger of the two handsets first, the Vibe P1. Lenovo has bundled in features such as Rocket Charge, which seems to be very much like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, delivering 2.8 hours of talk-time for just 5 minutes of charge. There’s also a physical switch that enables the OneKey Power Saver function, extending battery life. The Vibe P1 will launch in India for around Rs. 17,500 ($ 270) on October 21st.

  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI
  • 5.5-Inch Full LD IPS display (Gorilla Glass 3)
  • Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor @ 1.5GHz (64-bit)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 128GB)
  • 13MP Rear camera with dual-focus and dual LED flash
  • 5MP Front camera
  • Fingerprint sensor built-in to the Home button
  • Dual-SIM standby
  • 4G/LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.1 LE/ NFC/WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Battery: 5,000mAh (non-removable)
  • Dimensions: 152.9 75.6 x 9.9mm
  • Weight: 189 grams
  • Available in Platinum or Graphite Grey.



On to the mini version of the Vibe P1, if you will, the 5-inch Vibe P1m, and here we see a more budget-friendly offering from Lenovo. The Vibe P1m doesn’t have NFC connectivity, bit it does apparently have a nano-coating to help it withstand accidental spills, as well the physical OneKey Power Saver switch, which helps extend battery life. Check out the rest of the specifications below.

  • Android 5.1 lollipop with Vibe UI
  • 5-Inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • MediaTek MT6735P quad-core processor @ 1.0GHz
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
  •  8MP Rear camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP Front camera
  • Dual-SIM support with 4G/LTE connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.1 LE/ WiFi/ GPS/GPS-A
  • Battery: 4,000mAh (non-removable)
  • Dimensions: 141 x 71.8 x 9.3mm
  • Weight: 148 grams
  • Available in Onyx Black and Pearl White

The Vibe P1m will launch in India on October 21st, with a price tag of around Rs. 10,000 ($ 154). What do you think of Lenovo’s Vibe P1 and P1m handsets? Have they been priced keenly enough for India’s congested smartphone market?


Source: Phone Radar

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FAA: Don’t pack lithium batteries in your checked bag

If you've been packing extra lithium batteries in your checked bag before a flight, you might want to avoid doing so in the future. The FAA warns that storing those batteries in luggage that'll travel in the cargo hold can "present a risk of both i…
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