the smartphone with a XXL battery

The Chinese manufacturer Oukitel stands out with its WP19, a smartphone with a giant battery, with a record capacity of 21,000 mAh. Enough to ensure intensive use for a week away from a charger …

How do you stand out in the world of the smartphone in a very crowded market where all models end up looking the same? Quite simply by being different. This is clearly the track that Oukitel followed for its WP19. Little known in France – despite a rather rich catalog – this Chinese manufacturer actually has a rather radical solution by supplying its new phone with a giant battery with a capacity of 21,000 mAh. Enough to ensure, according to the manufacturer, an exceptional autonomy of several days or even an entire week with fairly intensive use: 36 hours of video playback, 123 hours of music listening, 122 hours of calls and up to 2,252 hours of standby, almost 94 days. What we would be tempted to believe when we know that the majority of current smartphones use batteries from 3,000 to 5,000 mAh, which is sufficient for normal use, with a recharge every other day on average. On paper, the Oukitel WP19 performs between four and six times better …

Oukitel WP19: a weight well above average

To achieve this feat, Oukitel smartly merged a “classic” phone with an external battery – the famous power banks which you take on a trip to charge mobile devices – WP19 can also be used as a backup battery, to charge headphones, a connected watch or even another phone! A marriage that results in dimensions and above all a weight above the usual: WP19 thus measures 78.5 mm wide, 161 mm high and 14 mm thick and weighs 485 g – no, not only “on the weight” is its mass, essentially constant! In fact, if it takes up about the same space as a lambda smartphone, it’s a little thicker than average – between 8 and 9 mm in general. But it is very logically much heavier, with about 300 g more than most current modules. There is therefore no risk of forgetting it in a pocket. And long conversations with the phone to the ear can end up feeling like weightlifting sessions …

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Oukitel WP19: a phone almost like the others

So what ! The audience that Oukitel is targeting with this extraordinary smartphone is clearly not Apple or Samsung customers. WP19, of course, seems to be intended for those who prefer autonomy over any other criterion. This does not prevent it from displaying more than respectable qualities. Only 4G compatible (but still with all the frequencies used in France), it is thus equipped with a Mediatek Helio G95 chip, 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage space (can be expanded with a card), a 6.78- inch screen with an IPS LCD panel (with a comfortable FHD + definition of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and an impressive resolution of 388 pixels per inch) with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which ensures good screen throughput. On the photo side, there are three modules on the back with a 64 MP main sensor, a 20 MP night sensor and a 2 MP macro sensor and a 16 MP front camera. And the range is complete with NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, a fingerprint sensor on the side, all running Android 12, with all Google services.

There remains the design, massive – it’s an understatement… – and edgy, which of course will not please everyone, except hard-core phone enthusiasts. A specialty from Oukitel, which already offers several models of the same kind, with 8,000 and 12,500 mAh batteries in its catalog, such as WP5 or WP18, which can already be purchased online. The price of the WP19 is still unknown, but the WP18, which sells for around 160 euros, should not be too high considering its exceptional features.

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