Verizon CEO: 5G phones and devices to have monster battery life

Imagine a future where your phone will have to be charged just once a month. Crazy? Verizon's CEO begs to differ. While taking part in a panel discussion during a tech conference, he clarified that what 5G networks will bring in terms of added value aren't crazy high download speeds, as 4G LTE can be fast enough at the moment, too, rivaling home broadband, but low latency, and the ability to handle much more crowded tower connections.

Lowell McAdam pegged that same "drastically lower latency" as the culprit for the leap in battery life, leading to Internet-of-things gear that will keep a charge for 10 years, or handsets that have to be plugged in once every four weeks. The seamless streaming of bits and bytes without interruption would take us to an era, according to Verizon's CEO, when all that insane computing power that is housed in our pockets now, within thin and light smartphones, could become less needed, as it moves from the devices to the edges of the network. This, in turn, could usher in much thinner and simpler devices, at the same time with larger batteries, and much longer endurance on a charge. Hear, hear.

Verizon is pouring no less than $18 billion in capital expenditures over the longer run for upgrading its network to usher in the augmented reality, connected cars, and other goodies that the 5G wireless standard is bringing, so it comes prepared. The carrier has already lit up trials, and promises to roll out a few 5G markets by years-end. The first wireless gear that will take advantage from the nascent 5G trend will be mobile router "pucks," though, rather than smartphones. The earliest we can expect a popular handset with 5G capabilities could be the Galaxy S10 with its Snapdragon 855 chipset and Qualcomm's upcoming X24 modem.

source: MWL



1. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Unless something has drastically changed recently, it was my understanding that the screen and processor were the largest consumer of batteries in smartphones. Is he full of $hit or is this article incomplete or both?

3. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I think both, I don't think the battery life will change drastically when we will see 5G devices the form factor will remain the same. Maybe when the foldable screen technology will become main stream the OS could turn off parts of the screen which could increase the battery life of devices but it's not related to 5G capabilities. But time will tell...

4. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well you're wrong. Try watching a movie on wifi and try doing the same and 4g, and notice how much it'll have an effect on battery life.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

There is a difference but the screen still consumes the most. It'll certainly help but it won't be the game changer this guy claims.

8. j_grouchy

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Seriously. A MONTH of battery life? It seems like DAYS might be achievable, but until we have nano-sized fusion cells, I don't expect to be packing up my phone charger cords any time soon.

7. Cat97

Posts: 1969; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The stand-by time is not affected by the screen or processor. And most phones have s**tty standby time of no more than like 2-3 days on 4G if you are not doing anything else with them.

10. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 747; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's simply not true. Most phones have between 10-15 days of standby time when not used at all. If your phone only lasts 2-3 days when not being touched, there's clearly something wrong.

12. hemedans

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

display? yes, but i think nowadays cpu dont cunsume that much due to new manufacturing process like 14nm and 10nm. if i switch off data phone can last two or three times longer compare to when data is on. if you use device with lower resolution display wont consume much,

15. murtaxarzv

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 13, 2017


2. emvxl

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

And it will include a monster price plan and monster price tag.

6. Landon

Posts: 1247; Member since: May 07, 2015

While I'll gladly accept this technology, I wish better battery tech would come to fruition faster than 5G. Almost every device we use today (including cars) would be vastly improved with a breakthrough in battery technology.

9. mewyearbabie

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 21, 2018

And yet in many communities in Maryland there’s not a single internet cable or fiber optic provider. We pay through the you know what to use cellular data plans that limit usage and speed and Verizon says there are no plans for this area.

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1339; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I think he's forgetting about the video/photo editing tools and games that REQUIRE the insane amounts of computing power our phones have. We don't need thinner phones either as evidenced by the sales of cases that make them thicker.

13. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

People still prefer thinner phone's over thick ones. Put a case on a thick phone and it will look horrible and heavier.

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Once the Socs are shrunk down to 5mm we will probably have days off battery life with a high capacity battery.

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