Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has developed a “graphene ball” that could make standard lithium-ion batteries charge faster and last longer, the South Korean electronics giant has revealed.
The firm’s lithium-ion batteries – like the one found in the Galaxy Note 8 – take a little more than an hour to charge from zero, depending on the model. The graphene ball can cut that figure to around 12 minutes, according to the firm.
Samsung’s optimised charging solution was revealed in a recent report but it isn’t ready for prime time just yet. Its in-house researchers will first need to spearhead an operation to make sure it’s safe for use in its upcoming smartphones.
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Not wanting to trigger another reputation-tarnishing debacle, Samsung has been treading carefully when it comes to introducing new battery technology – so it’s safe to say it will be a while before it leaves the company’s research facility.
That’s not to say the company’s upcoming smartphones won’t feature advanced power management features, though. A number other manufacturers are researching long-lasting cells – and Samsung could quite easily license the technology.
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