Energizer, a brand of Avenir Telecom, has been on a roll with the launch of new smartphones. The company is reportedly planning to launch as many as 16 new smartphones with focus on battery, which aligns with its branding. The latest addition to its smartphone portfolio is the Energizer Power Max P490.
The Energizer Power Max P490 is a compact smartphone with a 4.95-inch display supporting taller 18:9 aspect ratio. The highlight of the device, however, is the beefy 4,000mAh battery. The company claims the Power Max P490 can last 16 days in standby mode, and offer up to 10 hours of constant use.
It also offers four cameras with dual front and dual rear camera setup. The Energizer Power Max P490 features dual rear cameras with a combination of 8-megapixel and 0.3-megapixel sensors. It also gets dual front cameras with a combination of 5-megapixel and 0.3-megapixel sensors. It is not immediately clear what the second sensors are used for, but their resolution and sensor size suggests they won’t be playing a huge role in the final result of images.
The one major disappointment with the Power Max P490 is the lack of 4G support. Yes, this is a 3G smartphone, and will not work with Reliance Jio 4G connection. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek chipset coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of storage. The Energizer Power Max P490 is aimed at entry-level smartphone users, and it runs Android Oreo (Go edition).
The Energizer Power Max P490 will be available in the second quarter of 2018, but there is no word on pricing just yet. At MWC 2018, we saw new Android Go devices from the likes of HMD Global, Micromax, Lava, Alcatel and ZTE. Energizer is just the newest entrant in this space. The one area where it might hold an upper hand is the battery, and we will need to wait for the final device to know how well it performs in the real life.