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LG’s hexagonal cell could ease smartwatch battery life woes

LG’s chemical division has begun shipping a new battery for round-faced smartwatches, which could help solve the sector’s biggest problem.

According to the Korea Times (via 9to5Google), the new hexagonal cell from LG Chem will boost battery capacity by 25 per cent for those manufacturers picking up the tech.

Essentially, this could mean an extra four hours of battery life for devices like the LG Urbane, which require nightly charging.

A full day of battery life without any issues, regardless of usage, could be key to bringing more people on board with smart watches.

As well as LG’s in-house devices, the report says LG Chem is making the new battery available to ‘top tier’ smartwatch makers. That’ll mean the likes of Samsung, Motorola, ASUS and other high profile manufacturers could also benefit.

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The hexagonal shape is interesting because many of the round-faced watches still use square batteries, meaning a ton of wasted space within the build.

A hexagonal design has allowed LG Chem to include a battery with larger capacity, simply by making use of space that would otherwise be left fallow.


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