Samsung is working on "denser" mobile batteries and slimmer camera sensors, due out by 2017

Samsung is working on "denser" mobile batteries and slimmer camera sensors, due out by 2017
When you hear Samsung, chances are that the first thing that pops into your mind is its extensive gamma of mobile devices, but that's certainly not everything that the South Korean giant is involved into. As you most probably know, it also produces displays, memory, sensors, and various other hardware components, as well as home appliances and numerous other pieces of tech. 

It happens that Samsung just announced its latest advances in certain component categories that have a lot to do with our favorite gadgets - smartphones. Yesterday, Samsung spilled the beans and revealed that it's currently working on battery packs that have higher energy densities.


Currently, the maker of the Note 4 and Galaxy S6 is reportedly working on battery units that have density of 700Wh/l (Watt-hours per liter), with this number expected to increase to 750Wh/l by year's end. By 2017, Samsung expects to have batteries with 780Wh/l energy density. This means that you get higher energy output from the same physical battery unit volume.

The voltage of the battery units will also be treated to an increase. Samsung announced that it's about to reach a voltage of 4.40V in the upcoming months; this bar is expected to be raised to as much as 4.5V by 2017. All in all, higher voltage translates to better battery life.

The giant also mentioned its fast-charging endeavors, revealing that it aims to greatly improve it. Samsung obviously strives for a quick-charging tech that will allow users to get as much as 80% of charge from a 30-minute charging session. Bring it on.

Camera sensors

Apart from these savory battery-related improvements, Samsung also revealed its advancements regarding camera sensors. It looks that the giant has an RWB sensor in the making. RWB stands for "red, white, blue" and describes the color pattern of the camera sensor, which will allegedly provide "better color fidelity" for photos.

Additionally, Samsung's upcoming camera sensorŅ will come with smaller pixel size - from the current 1.12-micron pixels of its 16MP camera sensors, the tech giant is aiming at 1-micron pixels for its upcoming 16MP ones. This will reportedly result in a 23% thickness decrease, from 6.5mm to 5mm for a future 16MP sensor and from 5.2mm all the way down to 4.5mm for 13MP units. A great prerequisite for even thinner devices, that is!

source: cnbeta (translated), MyDrivers via GSMDome (1), (2)



38. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Samsung king of innovation. I don't see other companies doing this, faster storage, camera evolutions, best QHD display etc. Looking forward to this technology.

37. JMartin22

Posts: 2426; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They're maintaining the same quality in battery performance and camera sensors, yet making them smaller... Imagine the gains that would be made of they maintained the same mass or made them a bit bigger. I also think this thin craze marketing has gotten out of hand and is stifling real gains. A 7.5mm or 8mm phone is deemably sufficient enough for a mainstream product. Bigger sensors and micron-pixels would mean better low light photography performance. More dense voltage batteries would mean better battery life, but it would be negated or at least largely off set by slimming down the components.

36. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Hope so Apple will learn from it.

30. Fire5

Posts: 315; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

27. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

So what I don't like about this article? many things actually. I couldn't care less about slim phone. Slim phone needs to die right the feck now. No rational person with a right brain will ever want a slim phone over compromise like batterylife and bigger sensor. Give me a bigger sensor on a 10mm phone Give me bigger battery on a 10mm phone. I don't need 6mm/7mm phones, Anything around 9/10mm is perfectly fine.

29. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

With a 9mm phone you can also have much thicker glass that becomes much harder to break.

14. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

It looks like another RBW camera. Sony was to bring RBGW for Exmor RS but scrapped due to unfavorable quality according to Sony camera experts.

13. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

A move from 1.12 to 1-micron is not a good one. I would consider an improvement a move to a higher pixel size not smaller.

18. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Yes... I don't understand why anyone would want that... except FanboyS

7. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

I love how isheep come to android articles and talk trash but when something screwed up in the iOS/Apple department they are no where to be found in the comments. LOL

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

This. bubbadoes is the king of sheeps, his avatar says it all pretty much.

15. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The same thing with s-sheep on ios/apple article

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I see more Android haters than iOS, funny thing there are no WP haters which is good

19. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

That's because unlike Android, Apple got professional trolls!

28. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Wow. Do they teach you how to be this stupid or something?

33. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

LMAO, Dude you seriously need to tell a joke from being serious.

35. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Professional? Sammy is the only company proven to pay shills, thus fined by the Taiwanese court. You must one of the paid s-hills.

25. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I think you're hater radar is broken

21. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

personally I find it funny when anyone takes sides , What your work for either company , is this a sports team or something ? why hate on isheep , why hate on samsung or anyone , it's just silly let people buy what they like , I still don't get these debates. everyone has preferences. I like both samsung and Apple products each have their strengths , right now I Love my galaxy phone but i wouldn't mind even using a iPhone. be more open minded more competition the better.

23. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

No, you MUST take a side! Because you are neither hot or cold, but lukewarm, the Lord will vomit you out of his mouth! /JK

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Wait for bubbadoes to start posting crap again on Samsung articles

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