Following last year’s reputation-ruining disaster with the Galaxy Note 7, if anything Samsung should be most careful with the kind of battery it’s bringing under the hood for its upcoming handsets. After that quite logically the tech company will be investing into bringing better batteries and as per new reports, the Samsung Galaxy S9 could be backed by what is being called – solid state batteries.
An executive from the Korean battery maker Samsung SDI told The Korean Herald that Samsung is working on the development of solid-state batteries that are practically safe from explosion.
“Our technological level to produce a solid-state battery for smartphones will be mature enough in one to two years. However, it depends on Samsung Electronics whether it will be used for phones,” said the anonymous person and currently there is no way of authenticating the information. The executive also informed that LG too is working on a similar technology.
One of the analysts at the LG Economic Research Institute, Choi Jung-deok, told the publication that the above mentioned new batteries are safer alternatives to lithium-ion batteries. Although lithium-ion batteries are now for the most part used in smartphone and electric cars, they suffer a high rate of ignition. The solid-state batteries, on the other hand, are safer and does not risk explosion. The development of the batteries has recently come to light after the batteries of Samsung’s much awaited Galaxy Note 7 started exploding on a few days after its launch.
This has lead to the speculation that the next Samsung flagships like the Note 8 and Galaxy S9 could sport ‘solid state batteries.’ It’s probably worth mentioning here that the Galaxy S9 which is likely to be rolled out next year in March is going to be quite an advance device. It’ll come with two differently engineered processors along with a display that’ll support next-gen AMOLED technology.
The Samsung SDI source informed that the batteries would first be applied on smartphone and as for automobiles, there is sometimes before it is fully applied on electric cars. “The application for automobiles may be seen around 2025,” the source said.