Samsung SDI and LG Chem Want to Make Smartphone Batteries Safer Than Ever Before
After the Galaxy Note7’s fiery saga, both Samsung SDI and LG Chem are on a mission to develop a new type of smartphone power source that will double up in terms of safety. Earlier, both manufacturers had been reported to be in the race of developing solid state batteries, so it is possible that this is what the next plan is going to be for both these firms.
New Report Claims That Both Samsung SDI and LG Chem Are Racing to Develop Solid State Batteries as Current Ones Are Potentially Dangerous in Mobile Devices
Commercializing solid state batteries is going to be an uphill battle, but it looks like Samsung SDI and LG Chem are looking to take on the challenge. It has not been detailed how this will affect the overall pricing of the smartphone, but if a new engineering approach is required to pay for these new, yet safer cells, then it looks like the total cost is going to have to be filled by the consumer. In the long run, it looks to be a much safer bet, since a lithium ion battery can be extremely dangerous for the user.
Solid state batteries use solid-type electrolytes, differentiating them from the liquid-type electrolytes present in current-generation batteries, which to remind you, can easily catch fire or even explode if they are subjected to strong shock.
People close to this industry have stated that while it is more than possible to commercialize solid state batteries, development might be hampered because these new cells do not offer the same capacity and performance of existing lithium-ion cells. Furthermore, it has not been confirmed how this will effect the overall pricing of the smartphone, and if the customer will have to pay a premium for future devices or not.
Local companies have been speeding up the development of safer batteries especially after what transpired with the Galaxy Note7 phablet. Introducing Samsung’s ‘8-point safety check’ might have helped matters, but it does not remove the risk factor of lithium-ion cells themselves.
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Source: The Korea Herald