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Huawei mocks Apple by handing out complimentary power banks at iPhone Xs launch

Given the popularity of Apple’s smartphones, it’s not surprising to see launch events met with huge overnight queues simply for a chance of being one of the first to own one of the new iPhone Xs range. Android rival Huawei has taken the opportunity to troll its competitor during this time, handing out complimentary power banks in response to Apple’s continuously poor battery life.

Previous iPhone line-ups have been criticised for their lower battery life, often falling significantly below what competition offers. While last year’s Samsung Galaxy S9+ sported a 3,500 mAh battery, Apple’s comparative iPhone X housed a 2,716 mAh cell notorious for its low capacity. The biggest of the newly unveiled iPhone Xs trio is the Xs Max, which doesn’t fare too much better at 3,174 mAh, while Huawei has been sitting comfortable at 4,000 mAh with its flagship offerings.

Of course, this was prime time to flex for Huawei, as its UK-based mobile team parked up next to the Apple store located on Regent Street, London to hand out over 200 power banks rated at 10,000 mAh to customers waiting to get their hands on a new iPhone. “Here’s a power bank. You’ll need it. Courtesy of Huawei,” reads the accompanying note.

The rivalry runs deep between the two, as Huawei overtook Apple’s spot as the world’s second-largest handset manufacturer in July. This is set to continue with the launch of its Mate 20 Pro on October 16, to which its branded “Huawei Ju%ce Van” teased with the hashtag that “a #HigherIntelligence is coming.” Not much is about the impending device aside from expectations that it will be powered by its newly unveiled Kirin 980 processor.

KitGuru Says: This might be less tongue in cheek and more of an outright dig, but it is baffling how Apple still persist on smaller batteries than competitors. Then again, bigger is not always better as we’ve seen with Samsung’s recent Galaxy Note 9.

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