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The Moto X Play Is Motorola's Cheaper, Longer-Lasting Flagship: 5.5" 1080p Screen, 21MP Camera, 3630mAh Battery... But No US Release In Sight

The Moto X Style isn't the only new flagship that Motorola revealed at its press conference this morning. The new Moto X Play is basically a "Maxx" version of the phone, with a smaller 1080p screen, but a gigantic 3630mAh battery (plus Turbo charging) for what Motorola calls "48 hours of mixed use." The price will reflect the slightly lower specs, since Motorola claims that this phone will be "$300-400 cheaper" than flagship phones from the competition.

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[Deal Alert] KMASHI 10k mAh External Battery That Cost Under $10 After Coupon Returns Even Cheaper Than Before

KMASHI's 10000mAh external battery charger is slim enough that you can carry it around in your pocket and charge your phone at the same time, as long as you aren't bothered by the prospect of walking around with a little bulge. Last month we saw it available on Amazon for $9.50 after a coupon code. Now it's back, and by entering JAK3JCUV at checkout, you can get it for $9.40 instead.

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Yeah, a 10 cents difference isn't all that much. But keep in mind, we're talking about getting an external battery pack for under $10 bucks. Even if you don't need something slim, this is still a cheap way to recharge a modern smartphone three or four times before having to return to an outlet.

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[Weekend Poll & Discussion] Are You Satisfied With Your Phone's Battery Life?

This seems like an obvious question, but we're curious regardless: are you happy with your phone's battery life?

Battery life on Android seems to go through a never-ending topsy-turvy ride between "almost good enough" and "outright terrible" depending on the phone, the software, and the underlying version of the OS. There are so many phones running so much different software at many screen resolutions with many chipsets and battery sizes, and those variables are a constant source of debate and issue among Android enthusiasts.

I'm daily driving my Nexus 6 on the M Preview 2, and battery life is... not great.

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["M"-azing] Android "M" Preview 2 Lets You Remove Icons From The Status Bar, Put Remaining Battery % Inside The Bar

The Android "M" Developer Preview's second release was released just a short while ago, and we've already discovered an outstanding new feature: the ability to individually enable or disable icons in the status bar. In fact, if the only icon you want is your battery and clock, you can have that now - everything else can be removed!

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Who thought we'd ever see a status bar like that on bone-stock Android?

To access the settings, you'll need to have developer options enabled. From developer options, there's an option to enable the system UI tuner, which then appears in the main settings tree near the bottom of the list.

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[Deal Alert] Compact KMASHI 10000mAh External Battery Under $10 On Amazon After Coupon

External battery packs provide backup power, but with the way some phones routinely die every evening, you may come to depend on one as a regular source of supplemental energy instead. In such an instance, it helps to pick up one of the smaller options available. It's also nice if you can get one for under $10.

Fortunately, we've come across a KMASHI 10000mAh power bank that scratches both itches. It's going for $14 on Amazon, but if you enter the coupon code GOQL7EVL at checkout, you can drop $4.50 off the price. That leaves you paying just $9.50 for a battery you can carry around in your pocket, backpack, or purse.

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[Deal Alert] KMASHI 20000mAh Dual USB External Battery Pack Only $20 On Amazon Following Coupon ($10 Off)

This KMASHI 20000mAh external battery is bright blue. That alone should be enough to distinguish it from the couple dozen other external battery packs you've picked up over the years. When the local power grid fails for an entire month, you will be the one guy in town whose smartphone is actually better charged now than it was before everything went dark.

Wait, what was I talking about? Right, there's an external battery pack available on Amazon for $30. It's from KMASHI, and with the coupon code LIKWGR6D, you can bring that price down to $20.

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Then once the mail person drops it at your door, you can charge it up, stick it in your drawer, and wait out the next local disaster.

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[Deal Alert] HooToo Prism 12000mAh External Battery With Dual USB Ports And LED Flashlight Only $12 After 50% Off Amazon Coupon

External battery packs are nice to have lying around. They're one type of product where even if you already have one, it's good to have another. Who's going to complain about having too much backup power available?

So here's a cheap way to take your current number of battery packs and increase it by one. The HooToo Prism power bank is available on Amazon for $24, but with the use of coupon code E74NXWUD, you can strike that down in half. $12 for 12000mAh? Not bad at all.

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The HooToo Prism comes with two USB ports (5V/1A and 5V/1-2.4A) and an LED flashlight.

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Google Is Apparently Giving Project Fi Customers Who Also Ordered A Nexus 6 Welcome Kits Containing Cases, Earbuds, And External Batteries

You have two options when you sign up for Project Fi. You can buy a SIM card with a new Nexus 6. Or you can just buy the SIM card and stick it in your own Nexus 6. Want to use another phone? You can, as long as you tether it to a Nexus 6. A Project Fi SIM has to go into a Nexus 6.

For the time being, that eliminates a sizable chunk of interested consumers. Project Fi is relatively cheap, but the Nexus 6 is not. The latter is also a pretty girthy device to choose as your one-size-fits-all solution.

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A Chinese Company Is Making A Smartphone With Two Hot-Swappable Batteries

Removable batteries? Bah. External USB batteries? Child's play. Real power users use multiple batteries to make sure that their phones never turn off within a hundred miles of electricity. Or at least that seems to be the idea behind the M5, an upcoming smartphone from Chinese manufacturer Gionee. According to Weibo, the as-yet-unseen phone will sport two batteries inside its bay, both of which are removable in a hot-swap configuration.

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Samsung Lays Out Plans For Slimmer Batteries And Camera Sensors, Faster Charging In Coming Product Generations

In a public presentation, Samsung has discussed some of the technical-oriented plans they have for the next few years. These can be summed up as all in the service of reducing the size of components and making them more efficient. Concrete goals include making batteries smaller but also more energy-dense, reducing charge time, and slimming down camera sensors.

According to their talk, their batteries now have a density of 700Wh/l (Watt-hour per liter). They're hoping to ramp that up to 750 by the end of next year and 780 by 2017, with the plan to begin shipping new products with these advances by then as well.

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