Samsung sets its sights on better battery life

Samsung sets its sights on better battery life
CES saw a lot of cool new kit, but it also revealed some glimpses into companies’ product strategies. Most of the major Android phone vendors announced that they would be seeking to release fewer higher-quality devices in 2012. Another trend was the importance of battery life, with Motorola highlighting the issue with a pre-CES teaser video before releasing the Droid RAZR MAXX, with a gargantuan 3300 mAH battery and almost a day’s worth of talk time.

Samsung, hoping to expand on its record-breaking year in 2011, committed to following this trend. Speaking at CES, Samsung VP of product innovation Kevin Packingham said a major goal for this year was to create smartphones that would survive a full day of use under average to moderately-heavy usage. Given the poor life seen in many LTE smartphones, this would be a huge improvement over most 2011 offerings.

Packingham indicated that Samsung will follow Motorola’s lead in looking to increase battery size in their phones, but he also expects innovation in how future phones use resources, including which radios are turned on, and how WiFI and LTE radios search for connections.

Combined with improvements in chipsets and manufacturing processes that will become available later in the year, we may see some real gains in battery life over the next 12 months. Still, Packingham indicated that “power users” will likely always run into the issue of needing to juice up during the day. Still, he indicated that power users have generally gotten used to carrying around extra batteries and chargers, and even they will be able to go longer before they need to swap in a new power source.

Until fundamental changes occur in battery technology, this is probably as good as it will get. At this point, we’ll take whatever improvement they can offer!

source: CNET



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Cool. I want to se a phone with a 4800 mAH battery like with tablets.

7. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

You're asking for too much, maybe half of that or a little more would be good/possible.

8. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Wait, you're right. I forgot for a moment that the Razr MAXX has a 3300mAh battery.

9. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol, that phone beats out my nook color. It only has a 2000mAh battery.

22. danwatson

Posts: 117; Member since: Jan 03, 2012

I just want to make it through the day with moderate use and all my radios on. I'd really love to be able to hide away brightness, gps, wifi, 4g, and other toggles that I frequently use to manage batt life. I'm ok with charging every night when I sleep. I think the Razr MAXX might be the first to actually accomplish that.

2. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Not bad. Had this happened last year, Samsung would have been the manufacturer of the year.......

19. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

They still were...

23. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

oops.. pressed thumbs down inadvertently. my thumb is too big for my touchscreen. maybe time for g note.

3. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Maybe they should invent a phone that feeds off ur own enery in order to recharge its own battery life, if that's not too much to ask . . . .

16. ateo

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 09, 2008

Yeah, and call it the Vampire Droid. :))

4. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

This is a trend that could turn me back to android! Hopefully HTC gets its together and follows the leaders. After having the thunderbolt battery life is #1 to me. If HTC can get the battery life on par with the competition I would to have sense again. I don't even care if the phones get thicker as long as the back is flat. Although I hope HTC can stop using snapdragon processors. Hopefully moto can sell batteries to htc and samsung. Although sammy does have a lot of dough so I could see them building an even better battery then Moto.

11. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

And stop using their crappy snapdragon processors

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Hello!!?? RAZR MAXX already does better than Samsung dreams of achieving. It's not a freaking perpetum mobile, it's reality and manufacturers don't have an excuse for not doing what Motorola did.

20. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

I'd rather have 2/3 the battery life and swappable then the Razr. With a good ROM and kernel, the Galaxy Nexus can easily best the Razr in operating time per mAh.

6. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

i'll pay alot for ∞mAh ( infinite )

12. Jodabro

Posts: 35; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

This is nice to see. I don't count my self as a power user, but I do carry an extra battery in my wallet. All it takes to try and enjoy a couple hours of music and you have to reach for that extra battery. The feeding of your bodies natural energy may sound far fetched, but they were able to make watches run on motion recharges. Also an idea would be a solar power sensor to recharge the battery during the day. Remember how calculators ran on it, may not be able to run android, but a trickle charge on the battery might help a little.

13. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

I'd like it if Samsung took the time to improve their cellphone reception first before improving their battery life. i like your bluray players and your televisions, but your phones are subpar from my experience

14. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

One thing about that i don t like about samsung phones battery life is how long it takes to charge

21. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Have you used a HTC phone?

15. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I like Samsung and Android but i got to said Samsung need to learn from Fruit company. The first step is the OS need to need more optimize to maxium the battery, and this is the simpliest way. I know it can done it b/c I got an Atrix and when I installed Alien ROM the phone the battery is 30% improved, the ROM is almost identical to official ROM.

17. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Samsung is threatened by Motorola's move ;) Anyway...its best for consumer.

18. Adyrf

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

What's the deal? Li-polymer batteries are smaller and lighter than the same capacity Li-Ion batteries and significantly extend operating time, it's strange that Samsung have not yet introduced these on the market and still sustains the old Li-Ion technology. Sony Ericsson had been using Li-Polymer batts. since 2005.

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