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The NT$2,800 mobile with a battery that lasts for 15 years
新台幣兩千八百元手機 一顆電池可撐十五年

Mobile phones are pictured in a shop in Brussels last Thursday.
上週四陳列在布魯塞爾一家商店的手機。

Photo: Reuters
照片:路透

The SpareOne mobile phone is absolutely unique — running on one AA battery, it keeps its charge for up to 15 years.

It has no camera, web browser or other hi-tech extras such as touch screens. It is designed simply to work as a phone — and built to last.

The phone goes on sale on March 15, priced at 60 pounds (NT$2,800) in the UK and US$70 (NT$2,000) in the US.

The phone is designed as a backup phone you can keep in the glove compartment for emergencies.

The idea is that you can keep it there without worrying if it’s charged or not. Many modern mobiles will lose their charge over time, even if switched off.

Its makers say that SpareOne is ideal to leave in the car for emergencies, or to pack in travel luggage — especially if you or your loved ones plan to go off the beaten path.

That single battery offers a talk time of up to 10 hours.

The SpareOne’s is also able to automatically transmit its location via its mobile ID, plus has a built-in flashlight.

(Liberty Times)

「SpareOne」手機絕對是獨一無二,只要一顆AA電池,就能保持電量長達十五年。

它沒有照相機、網路瀏覽器,或觸控螢幕等高科技附加設備。它只是設計來通話,注重的是續航力。

這款手機三月十五日上市,英國售價六十英鎊(新台幣兩千八百元),美國售美金七十元(新台幣兩千元)。

這款是設計來當作「備用」手機,你可以將它放在汽車置物箱應急。

創意之處就在於,你可以把它放在那裡,不用擔心有沒有充電。很多現代的手機即便是關機,過一段時間會損失電量。

製造商稱,SpareOne放在車裡應急用,或者裝進旅行包再理想不過了,特別是你和心愛的人要去比較偏僻的地方時。

單顆電池的最長通話時間可達十小時。

SpareOne還可以透過手機ID自動發送位置訊息,此外還有一個內建手電筒。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. glove compartment n. phr.

(汽車)置物箱 ((qi4 che1) zhi4 wu4 xiang1)

例: Can you get the GPS out of the glove compartment?

(你可以把GPS機從置物箱拿出來嗎?)

2. off the beaten path idiom

人煙稀罕之地 (ren2 yan1 xi1 han3 zhi1 di5)

例: If you want to experience a wildlife adventure, you should travel off the beaten path.

(要是你想體驗野生動物的冒險活動,你應該去人煙稀罕的大自然地區。)

3. transmit v.

發送 (fa1 song4)

例: The device is not capable of transmitting a signal strong enough to be detected from so far away.

(該裝置無法傳送足以被遠方偵測到的訊號。)


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