Update: Huawei P40 Pro graphene battery might be fake news

Update: Huawei P40 Pro graphene battery might be fake news
The Huawei P40 Pro might be the first smartphone in the world equipped with a brand new type of a battery cell made out of graphene, a revolutionary material that promises significantly faster recharge times, as well as better endurance and smaller physical size of the battery cell. At least that is the information that official regional Huawei account, Huawei France, tweeted recently (the tweet was pulled just moments after we spotted it, but we managed to grab screenshots).

Even though the tweet is in French, it's not hard to understand the words "graphene" and "batterie" even if you don't speak the language.

***Update: Leaker @IceUniverse well known for his scoops on Samsung devices, has chimed in to this story by saying that "this is a technology that is currently impossible" and flat out rejecting what Huawei France has tweeted. We were originally unsure about this and had concerns about Huawei France using a fan concept render of the P40 Pro in their tweet (mentioned below), so there are definitely multiple red flags here.

Keep in mind that rumors about a graphene battery seem to originate from a source in India under the name Yash Raj Chaudhary who tweeted about this on December 8th and that tweet might be the source of all the confusion, going as far as to fool the person behind the Huawei France account. End of update.***

And here is the entire text from the image accompanying the tweet translated into English:

In the tweet itself, Huawei France says that "Huawei will be the first company to introduce a flagship phone with a graphene battery." We also see highlighted in white a promise to deliver a full 0 to 100% recharge in just 45 minutes.

Previous rumors have pointed out that the Huawei P40 Pro battery capacity might reach 5,000mAh, but because of the use of graphene the battery cell itself might be 30% smaller than a conventional Li-Ion battery.

How certain are we that this will happen? Having an official Huawei account confirm this is definitely reassuring, but we couldn't help but notice that it also uses a concept render of the P40 Pro that might not have anything to do with reality, so we would still take this information with a grain of salt.

The BIG question around the P40 Pro

Just recently, we have also been hearing about the P40 Pro pushing the boundaries of telephoto zoom cameras on smartphones with a possible 10X periscope camera that should allow you to zoom in further than ever before on a phone.

Of course, the big question around the upcoming Huawei flagship is not just about its specs, it's about whether it will support Google services. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro was the first phone to fall under a US Government ban that forbids it from using Google services, and the phone never launched in Western Europe, a big market for Huawei. If Huawei does not get any sort of an exemption for the P40 Pro, chances are that it will be another phone that will sell mainly in China and in few other places.

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P40 Pro
  • Display 6.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin 990, Octa-core, 2860 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 5500 mAh



1. shield

Posts: 888; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Fake, Huawei say first honor Magic 2 with graphene battery, is but lie.

2. QuantumRazer

Posts: 211; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

The one on Honor Magic 2 was just a rumour that had never came true in the end. This one is different, their official account literally posted the image that they would use a graphene battery and removed it shortly after because it was information that wasn't supposed to be revealed yet. https://www.graphene-info.com/rumors-suggest-huaweis-honor-magic-2-will-use-graphene-based-battery 'These are just rumors at this stage, and we have no way to verify them. We do know that Huawei has been working on graphene technologies for a long time, and has even launched a commercial graphene-enhanced battery in 2016'

3. shield

Posts: 888; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Look this information is fake news.

5. QuantumRazer

Posts: 211; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

I just saw the update on the article - yes, apparently it was fake news that even fooled the person behind the official account after all. The render looks like it was fan made one too. I take back my first comment, it's really sad to see this new technology won't come true.

6. User123456789

Posts: 1341; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

14. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 23, 2019

What does this have to do with Huawei?

17. QuantumRazer

Posts: 211; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

Nothing. This guy is trying to bash Apple as always.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung will likely be the first to market with newer battery tech. If anyone is interested in new and safe batteries it's them. They're also one of the most innovative OEM's out there.

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22741; Member since: May 28, 2014

So true. Between Samsung and Huawei, there is so much innovation there.

18. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

You mean like what happened with the exploding Note 7 that had to be recalled twice?

8. TheAccountant unregistered

I trust IceUniverse more than Trump

11. rsiders

Posts: 2037; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I already knew this was fake news. But when the tech is ready it's going to change everything.

12. Carlitos

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Samsung is likely the one to introduce the technology first. They've been talking about it for years now

13. S4NDY

Posts: 272; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

This user account is not Huawei Mobile's, but Huawei's generic account, which mainly contains the company's business news and innovation like 5G stuff. These writers on social media accounts are often unaware of anything to come form HCBG before device release. Btw Huawei using graphene parts on its lithium batteries

16. crzykiller

Posts: 91; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Graphene batteries are not impossible with current tech... Many RC car lipos nowadays actually have Graphene additives inside to increase Discharge rate. However they are bigger and heavier so don't know how Huawei would make them smaller

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