Either it’s from Samsung, LG, HTC or Apple, every smartphones in the world has a disadvantage – battery life. Even by having the top-notch Lithium-ion batteries, most of the smartphones/tablets doesn’t give a long battery life as we were having during the Nokia-era (early Nokia devices were less power consuming – thanks for not having the colorful LED displays in those days). But, the situation will change soon, as Samsung has developed a new technology that doubles the capacity of Lithium-ion batteries.
According to the journal posted on nature.com, Samsung’s R&D team have used Silicone anode material and grow layers of graphene on the silicon coating of the Lithium-ion battery to increase the density and longevity. After the research, the team has concluded that the new technology would make the new Lithium-ion battery will give a double battery life than the current models.
That means, if the average smartphone battery provides you a 12 hours of power, then the new battery would make it to nearly 24 hours in a single charge.
In experiments, Samsung used a 1.5 to 1.8 times denser batteries. The author of the journal reported:
“The graphene layers anchored onto the silicon surface accommodate the volume expansion of silicon via a sliding process between adjacent graphene layers. When paired with a commercial lithium cobalt oxide cathode, the silicon carbide-free graphene coating allows the full cell to reach volumetric energy densities of 972 and 700 Wh l−1 at first and 200th cycle, respectively, 1.8 and 1.5 times higher than those of current commercial lithium-ion batteries.”
It’s a common knowledge that if the company develops the new denser battery technology that provides double power time, the same technology could be used to slim down the size of the battery to fit into much slimmer and sleeker smartphones as well – of course, with a normal battery life.
As the company’s research and development team experimenting on the new Lithium-ion battery tech, it is better for you not to expect these batteries to get featured on Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 5 or Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones. Actually, it would take a couple years more the new technology enters into the consumer market after the successful tests and trials.
Moreover, the breakthrough is coming. Since the smartphones invented, almost every part of it has seen the improvements and enhancements, except the Lithium-ion batteries. People have been using this technology since the mid 90’s and there have been no any significant improvements in the technology. Let’s hope for even better battery life for our next handsets.
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