Philips Xenium 9@9j now official

While not well known outside Asia and CIS countries, Philips Xenium phones are truly interesting mobile devices.

Their most distinguishing feature is amazing battery life. Even the first Philips Xenium 9@9 a/d/t phones could last more then a month on standby. With Xenium 9@9k , Philips was able to extend the standby time to two months.

Their new handset, Philips Xenium 9@9j, again pushes the boundary of power technologies in mobile phones. This time it’s not the durability of the phones. It’s a possibility to use standard AAA batteries to operate the device.

Philips Xenium 9@9j was first spotted during Mobile World Congres in Barcelona, but beyond it’s ability to use triple A batteries, not much was know about this handset.

Now, that Philips Xenium 9@9 was officially listed on Philips Asian sites, all it’s specs are out there too.

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And again , innovative power management technologies take the center stage.

Philips uses technology called “backupower” to add AAA battery capability to Xenium 9@9j phone. The phone does not actually run on it. It comes with standard Li-Ion battery as well, and uses the latter for operation.

Triple A battery is used as a back-up. When standard Li-Ion runs out of steam, the backup battery starts feeding power to it, and you can continue using the phone uninterrupted.

A single AAA battery can add up to 2 hours of talk time and up to one week of standby to an already impressive 8 hrs talk/1 month of standby capabilities of Philips Xenium 9@9j.

Other Philips Xenium 9@9 specs include:

  • Quad band GSM (900/1800/1900/850 MHz)/GPRS connectivity
  • 176×220 px 262K color TFT display
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • MPEG4, 3GP, H.263 video and MP3 and WMA audio playback
  • FM Radio
  • MIcrSD memory card slot
  • USB 1.1, Stereo Bluetooth A2DP

And I have one question about the whole long lasting battery thing:

What’s so frigging special about Philips Xenium power tech, that no other major handset maker has been able to produce a phone that comes at least close to Xenium durability, in over a year?!!!!

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • glen

    I need this phone, is it possible to buy for uk without me flying to asia, if so how.

  • Petr

    Great idea!!! no more worries about my phone running out of battery. I have a backup solution, get a AAA anywhere around the corner and for cheap. Hope I can get one of this in Russia soon.

  • Petr

    Great idea!!! no more worries about my phone running out of battery. I have a backup solution, get a AAA anywhere around the corner and for cheap. Hope I can get one of this in Russia soon.