Samsung phone with revolutionary battery technology could arrive next year
Samsung smartphone's with graphene batteries are coming
Industry insider Evan Blass has been told Samsung is planning to release “at least one” smartphone “either next year or in 2021” that’ll feature a graphene battery instead of a lithium-ion alternative. One of the primary benefits, as mentioned above, will be the cell’s increased capacity, but these should also charge around five times faster than existing smartphone batteries. Evan Blass believes this will permit a “full charge” in as little as 30 minutes.
Despite the shorter charging times, graphene-based batteries tend to deteriorate less over time. Battery life should, therefore, decrease at a slower rate and the need to replace cells entirely after a number of years will be reduced. Once production increases, graphene batteries may also become cheaper than lithium-ion alternatives. Additionally, they could be better for the environment long-term.
When will Samsung's flagships include graphene batteries?
As things stand, Samsung still needs to “raise capacities while lowering costs” which would suggest the initial stream of batteries will be rather limited and costly. The South Korean giant hasn’t yet confirmed any plans but the successor to this year’s Galaxy Fold could be a potential candidate for the technology.
The foldable smartphone market is expected to continue growing next year but it won’t be big enough for Samsung to ship millions of devices. Instead, the company will likely produce a few hundred thousand units, making it the perfect test subject for new battery technology. As an added incentive, the high price of Samsung’s foldable offerings should easily cover the extra cost related to the graphene technology.
In the meantime, consumers can expect Samsung to continue pushing the development of lithium-ion batteries. The South Korean giant recently introduced a new 45W fast charging technology on the Galaxy Note 10+ that’ll likely be supported by next year’s Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+. It’ll remain to be seen, however, if the Galaxy S11e will be compatible. Compact devices typically include smaller batteries than their regular counterparts and companies usually prioritize capacity over charging speeds. That’s because increasing the latter can lead to a lower maximum capacity. As a direct result of this, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Samsung’s Galaxy S11e skip its 45W charging technology in favor of 25W charging.