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Step aside, Oxyride, here comes Evolta

Panasonic already eclipses its own top-line battery.


Panasonic's OxyRide AA batteries had barely made their debut, and they've already been overtaken in the endless race for the longest-lasting and most durable battery.

Newcomer Evolta, derived from the words "evolution" and "voltage," is due out in Japan later this month with a worldwide rollout later in the year. Also from the Panasonic stable, it claims to be the first of its kind and will be officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the world's longest-lasting AA alkaline battery." In numbers that we can understand, that's up to two times longer than existing alkalines, with a shelf life of 10 years--double that of Panasonic's current cells and possibly even outlasting some of us.

The retail price for a pack of four has been suggested at 590 yen (about $5.65)--an ouch-worthy 15 percent premium over regular batteries and even pricier than the previously top-lining Oxyride. True to the hype that accompanied the its predecessor, the Evolta is readying a game centered on the Evolta mascot robot.

(Source: Crave Asia)