Samsung is taking steps to ensure another Galaxy Note 7 fiasco doesn’t happen: it is developing solid-state batteries for smartphones, something that could be available to consumers within the next handful of years. The tip comes from an unnamed Samsung executive who recently spoke to a Korean publication anonymously, saying that the technology is only one or two years away.
The information comes from the Korea Herald, which says it got word from a Samsung executive who is staying anonymous. Per this alleged executive, the company’s ‘technological level to produce a solid-state battery for smartphones will be mature enough in one to two years.’ That’s great news, but the source goes on to say that it ‘depends on Samsung Electronics whether it will be used for phones.’
Samsung has a good reason for exploring solid-state batteries given the volatile nature of the batteries shipped with the original Galaxy Note 7 devices. Lithium-ion battery technology is notoriously unstable; overheating and explosion incidents have affected many, not the least of which is NASA .
Samsung isn’t the only company developing solid-state batteries; competitor LG is doing the same, a company that likewise views them as a ‘realistic’ alternative to presently used technologies. The development process is still relatively young, though, and it will be years before we see the technology become common place. Once they do, solid-state batteries may be commonly found in phones, electric cars, and more.
SOURCE: Korea Herald