Sony Developing High-capacity Rechargeable Battery for Future Smartphones

Sony Corp disclosed that it is developing new high-capacity rechargeable batteries to replace lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, aiming to commercialize them in 2020. The company plans to increase energy density per volume by 40% from the current 700Wh/L to 1,000Wh/L by using a sulfur (S) compound as an electrode material. Compared with an existing battery having the same volume, the new batteries can increase battery life (capacity) by 40%. Sony intends to commercialize the batteries as laminate batteries for smartphones first and, then, target them at other applications. The company aims to exploit the large capacity of the batteries and have them employed for various devices including mobile devices and robots. Sony

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Huawei’s new quick charging tech can fully charge a 3,000 mAh battery in 10 minutes

Smartphones are in a golden age of fast charging with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology being adopted by various manufacturers (and with the latest Nexus phones having fast charging via USB Type-C). Now, Chinese OEM Huawei (which has been gaining speed recently with the Huawei Watch and the Nexus 6P) has announced new quick charging lithium-ion batteries of their own at a conference in Japan.

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