Next-generation batteries can charge up to 50 percent in a matter of minutes
Huawei says it has developed smartphone battery technology that can restore life to your device in a matter of minutes.
Battery life is one of the most common gripes about increasingly power-hungry handsets, but Huawei says its new lithium-ion batteries can reach 50 percent capacity in a matter of minutes and offer a charging speed ten times faster than at present.
The new batteries were developed by Watt Lab, one of Huawei’s research and development companies, which showed off three concepts at the recent Battery Symposium in Japan.
This included one battery with a 600mAh capacity that can be charged to 68 percent capacity in two minutes; and another with a 3000mAh capacity which can be charged to 48 percent capacity in five minutes to allow ten hours of phone call on Huawei mobile phones.
The fast charging is made possible by bonding heteroatoms to graphite molecules in the battery’s anode, which could be a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds. Huawei says that these heteroatoms increase the charging speed of batteries without decreasing energy density or battery life.
The batteries have already undergone stringent testing from Huawei, meaning they should be included in its upcoming products, however the company isn’t saying exactly when this will be.
However such a component will be extremely popular amongst consumers, and will doubtlessly form part of Huawei’s ‘superphone’ devices. Last week, the company said it believes the end of the decade will herald a new generation of mobile phone, which will be able to support 5G network connectivity, virtual reality experiences, and smarter performance than ever before.
The launch of these ‘superphones’ mark the end of the current smartphone era, which started in 2007 with the launch of the first iPhone and Android device, and was preceded by the feature phone era initiated by Motorola in 1995, which each generation of device having a twelve-year lifespan, Huawei says.
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