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Samsung smartphones could soon replace lithium-ion batteries with graphene in 2019

The material used in graphene batteries allow them to charge five times faster than lithium-ion batteries.

  • Published: October 23, 2018 4:15 PM IST
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Over the past couple of years, smartphones have changed a lot, in terms of display size, form factor and cameras. However, there hasn’t been a major change on the battery side. Yes, the charging speeds have improved, and the battery capacity has also gone up, but we haven’t seen anything major. Towards the end of 2017, Samsung received a patent for graphene-based battery solution, and now, the solution is reportedly ready for prime time.

According to a report on SamMobile, the South Korean giant could soon replace the lithium-ion ones with graphene. This is a good news as graphene batteries will bring a number of advantages over the existing batteries. The graphene batteries can charge faster, and also last longer. With the existing battery technology, manufacturers are limited with the capacity that they can pack in a smartphone. This is because OEMs have to make space for other components too.

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Graphene ball material will increase the battery capacity by 45 percent. It will also increase the charging speed by 5 times. Typically, Lithium Ion batteries take more than an hour to charge completely. However, graphene batteries can reduce this to just 12 minutes. Also, despite faster charging speeds, these batteries don’t deteriorate faster.

If at all Samsung is ready to implement graphene batteries, the Galaxy S10-series may be the first ones to get it. But we won’t get our hopes high on, and wouldn’t be surprised if the Galaxy Note 10 is the first device to come with graphene batteries. Also, right now, the production cost for graphene batteries is quite high, however, if the industry decides to switch to the new tech, the cost may significantly come down.

  • Published Date: October 23, 2018 4:15 PM IST