Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cell phone that lasts a month

While I was watching India trash England - yet again - in the fifth ODI at Cuttack, something quite interesting sprang up in a commercial break. It wasn't a very aesthetically made advertisement. But it did catch my attention. The product in question is a cell phone that supposedly needs to be charged only once in a month! It's called the Micromax X1i. Powered by an 1800 mAh Li-ion battery, it has a standby time of 30 days and a talk time of 17 hours. It's also capable of playing MP3 music offline for 16 hours. All this for a lowly Rs 1999. That's quite an achievement for a completely indigenous company though, I agree, there would be some unavoidable skepticism towards the claims. The user manual says that it may take up to 30 minutes before the battery icon/charging icon appears on the screen when charging. I hope that doesn't mean that the battery wasn't being charged in those 30 minutes. Anyway, here's a sneak peek at its sleek looks.

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