Back in 2016, Samsung went through a well-publicised fiasco after the release of the Galaxy Note 7 which was soon found to be riddled with significant overheating issues. Fast forward to several months later and Samsung cancels the manufacturing of the Note 7 altogether following two failed attempts at fixing the pesky battery issue.
Even though the failure resulted in the institution of an eight-point inspection process for all batteries produced going forward, the company likely feels the need to make a strong comeback and re-establish itself as one of the leaders in tech around the world.
One of the ways in which Samsung might be planning to accomplish this is by rolling out at least one new smartphone with a graphene battery in the near future. While nothing has yet been confirmed by the company itself, industry experts and insiders are putting the release date at 2020 or 2021, at the latest.
In support of current rumours about Samsung ditching lithium ion batteries in the near-to-medium future altogether, experts have been citing the company’s (apparently) successful filing of two patent application for its ‘graphene ball’ battery touted to allow five times faster charging than any consumer-grade smartphone battery on the market today.
“Samsung is hoping to have at least one handset either next year or in 2021, I’m told, which will feature a graphene battery instead,” tweeted the reporter and frequent Twitter leaker Evan Blass on Monday. “Capable of a full charge in under a half-hour, they still need to raise capacities while lowering costs.”
If the company succeeds in living up to the hype, super-fast charging may very well become yet another innovation keeping the smartphone market chugging along despite recent signs of stagnation.