ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Philips Electronics is introducing a mobile phone in Orlando with a built-in compartment for an ordinary Triple-A battery to power the device when the main battery runs low.
The Xenium N-R-G handset was developed in collaboration with battery maker Energizer Holdings and Techtium, an Israeli chip maker specializing in battery management technology.
The Triple-A battery inserted into the phone can be of any brand or type, whether rechargeable or disposable. In the case of a rechargeable, the phone will recharge both the main battery and the
backup Triple-A when it is plugged into an electrical outlet.
The companies say the battery can provide up to three extra hours of talk time. They haven't said how much the Xenium N-R-G would cost, when it would go on sale, or in which countries.
The phone was introduced today at a cell phone show in Orlando.