While the processors and cameras used in the smartphones are seeing technological advancements, we haven’t seen major changes in smartphone batteries. However, the smartphone manufacturers are providing fast charging technologies to quickly recharge the batteries. After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, the manufacturers are also making the smartphone batteries even more secure. However, the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) is said to have developed a new battery material called “Graphene Ball.”
Compared to the standard lithium-ion batteries, the new graphene ball material will increase the capacity by 45% and it can also charge 5 times faster. While this new technology is not coming to the smartphones anytime soon, it gives us an idea of the future of smartphone industry. SAIT has also filed two patent applications for the graphene ball technology in the US and Korea. The press release also mentioned that the electric vehicles can be benefitted from the graphene balls powered batteries.
The standard lithium-ion batteries with fast charging support take at least one hour for a complete 100% recharge. With the graphene balls based batteries, the device can be completely charged in just 12 minutes and will also maintain a highly stable 60-degree Celsius temperature. Once this new technology hits the mainstream market, Samsung SDI should have an edge over the other battery suppliers. Samsung SDI also supplies batteries for the car manufacturers like BMW and smartphone manufacturers like Apple.
We still have heard from the company about its plans for integrating this new technology in the consumer devices. Apart from smartphones and electric vehicles, the lithium-ion batteries are also used in drones, smartwatches, and other smart products. With the iPhone 8 and iPhone X devices, Apple also started offering fast charging support for its support. Samsung currently offers adaptive fast charging which isn’t as fast as OnePlus’s Dash Charge or Huawei’s SuperCharge. Just like the Samsung’s AMOLED panels, the graphene ball powered batteries will also be used on third-party devices.