BARCELONA—Everyone wants their phone’s battery to last longer, but manufacturers have to balance that against size and weight. Customers like a phone with a slim profile, after all.
There’s no dancing around the fact that the P16K Pro is a brick, and we mean that in the most literal sense of the word. It’s essentially a phone strapped to a giant 16,000mAh battery pack. The profile is bulky, it weighs a lot, and—even though the size is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 I was carrying—it’s a lot thicker. I fit the P16K Pro in my pocket with some adjustments, but it felt like I was carrying a weighty slab and the top portion stuck out. You certainly won’t be able to fit a wallet or keys alongside it.
That said, there are some advantages to having a phone with such a gargantuan battery. It spares you from carrying a backup portable battery like I did with my Tronsmart Presto portable charger. Add that to the Note 8, and I was likely carrying the same bulk and weight, just in two separate pieces. There’s something to be said for the simplicity of a single device.
According to a booth representative, the P16K Pro can also double as a portable power bank and charge other devices via its USB-C slot, which is ideal because USB-C is already set up to act as an input and output port for power (5V/3A).
Because the very early prototype we were looking at wasn’t functional, we can’t comment on performance, but the specs include a large 6-inch display, a fingerprint sensor on the back, dual rear cameras, dual front cameras, dual SIM card support or SIM/microSD up to 256GB.
Under the hood, it will run an a MediaTek processor with Android Oreo. Pricing is 499 euros; it will primarily be sold in Europe, though the company does have interest in bringing it to the North American market. If the US ever does get it, we’re certainly subject the P16K Pro to one of our (in)famously grueling battery tests at PC Labs.