Has Samsung finally found a way to double your phone's battery life?

Tired of constantly recharging your phone? Samsung may have just come up with a battery that could mean the end of short-lived smartphones.
By Joyce Clark | Dec 28, 2015
Samsung is known for its competitive spirit and innovative technologies, and they may have just found a new way to break ahead of the pack. According to a report from Engadget, the research team at Samsung has been testing designs that could nearly double the capacity of their phones' lithium ion batteries.

The research and development department at Samsung used a silicon anode with several layers of grapheme on top to increase its density and durability. The silicon anode provides a much greater capacity for holding a charge, but is flimsy and fragile without the protective layer.

In experiments, researchers were able to produce batteries 1.5 to 1.8 times denser than what is currently offered. That means if your phone can barely stand 12 hours of use, the new batteries would extend its life to nearly 21 hours. That's a lot of extra time spent away from a charger.

While the technology is promising, it is currently still in the research stage. Consumers shouldn't count on the new batteries appearing in the Galaxy S7 or any other toys coming down the pipeline in the near future, but the technology shows some serious promise. A smaller, longer-lasting battery could have widespread applications, from smartphones to electric cars.

Until then, it's a good idea to make sure you always have your charger handy.

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