Every few years the battery life span of smartphones tend to increase and this is primarily due to more efficient processors, memory management, and better optimized operating systems (software on your phone). However, the battery itself only makes major advancements about every decade, and the next advancement in the batteries may come as early as next year.
During a battery conference in Japan over the weekend, the number one smartphone manufacture in China, Huawei showed off its new smartphone battery which is capable of being charged 10 times faster than current batteries on the market. They were advertising a 3000mAh lithium-ion battery that was capable of being charged to nearly 50% in just five minutes and a 600mAh battery that was capable of nearly 70% in just two minutes.
Huawei does this by bonding heteroatoms to the molecule of graphite in anode, which could be a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds. The heteroatoms increase the charging speed of batteries without decreasing energy density or battery life, which is remarkable.
So while the battery life span may not be increasing, we still might gain a huge improvement to our battery life by always being charged and when we aren’t we can have a completely charged battery in minutes instead of hours.
Huawei isn’t only thinking about smartphones for this new technology but is looking at wearable devices and even electric vehicles.