The incident involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has had everybody reeling, from consumers all the way up to other smartphone makers. 2017 will most likely be marked by OEMs boasting about how safe their smartphone will be, particularly when it comes to batteries and heat management. LG is kicking off that trend by explaining the steps it has taken to ensure the utmost safety of their smartphones. And while it specifically names the LG V20 in its piece, given the timing, there is very little doubt those same points will apply to the upcoming LG G6 as well.
Samsung has yet to formally and officially release the details of its investigation, but it is commonly believed that the Galaxy Note 7’s problem was due to poor heat dissipation most likely caused by the phone’s cramped interior design. As such LG is implying it has doubled down on the design of its heat management as well as the quality of its batteries.
For the former, LG has adopted the use of heatpipes, a cooling system that’s often used in notebook computers and tablets. It basically involves the use of copper material to carry heat away from the CPU, the source of the heat, and diffuse it to other areas. However, LG has also made sure that those “other areas” doesn’t include the battery, which could become a fire hazard. LG says that it has also design its components in such a way that those parts that generate heat won’t all be lumped up in one place.
As for the battery, LG claims it has adopted safety and QA tests that are even more stringent than international standards. Those tests include trying to pierce the battery with sharp nails, dropping it from certain heights, or dropping heavy objects on it. It also has a new “hybrid environment test” which pushes levels of temperature and humidity to higher levels, in addition to the forces mentioned earlier. LG is sparing no measure to ensure its batteries won’t end up with the same fate as Samsung’s, especially considering Samsung might be relying on them for its future flagships.
LG’s official statement on smartphone and battery safety explicitly mentions the V20, but it wouldn’t be a leap of logic to presume that those will also be applied to the LG G6, expected to debut at MWC 2017 next month. It might have an even bigger impact on the G6, if the rumors that it won’t have a removable battery, not even a removable back cover, are correct.