Battery life is one of the biggest headaches in tech. While capacity remains a problem, manufacturers are at least making big improvements to charge times. Like Huawei, whose new experimental set-up can take a dead battery to just under half capacity change in about five minutes.
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has developed a lithium-ion battery with a graphite-coated anode that can withstand the stresses of incredibly fast charges. Its 3,000mAh prototype (which is about the size of battery you’d find in a large smartphone) can be charged by 48 percent in just five minutes. It also has a much smaller 600mAh battery that can be charged to 68 per cent in two minutes.
Recently, Qualcomm announced that the third iteration of its Quick Charge technology, which will be baked into its 2016 chips, will feature a new Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage algorithm that can charge a dead phone to 80 per cent of charge in just 35 minutes. It’s unclear how sophisticated the charging software in use by Huawei is in comparison.
Currently, the Huawei set-up is bulky and requires a special charger, both of which would need to be addressed before it could find its way into a real product. At time of publish, there’s no word about if or when the new Huawei battery hardware may become a commercial reality. [Huawei via Computerworld via Engadget]
Image of the Huawei-produced Google Nexus 6P, which doesn’t feature the charging hardware.