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Galaxy S9 won’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ in the US

Galaxy S9 won’t support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ in the US

The Galaxy S9 seems to be shaping up to be somewhat of a disappointment. Just recently, a leak seemed to confirm that it might not have dual cameras, which is being reserved for its Galaxy S9+ sibling. Now a new leak claims that, despite being powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 845, it won’t actually be supporting Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Quick Charge 4+ technology. But as it turns out, that might actually open a bigger can of worms as well.

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Doogee BL7000 smartphone review

Doogee BL7000 smartphone review

Chinese smartphone makers are often criticized, avoided like the plague even, for being copycats. While there might be some truth to that, there are others who have dared to push the boundaries, venturing into territories that larger and more established brands dare not to. Xiaomi, for example, kicked off the whole bezel-less screen trend with last year’s Mi Max. And then there’s Doogee, whose BL “Be Long Time” series takes battery life to the extreme. But how extreme can you get without breaking your wallet or burning pockets? We take the Doogee BL7000 for a spin to give you that answer.

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Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

Larger Razer Phone teased by CEO amid DAC talk

The CEO and co-founder of Razer defended the company's lack of headphone jack on their brand new Razer Phone this week. Users submitted "feedback" on the subject over the past week, and Razer's Min-Liang Tan responded this weekend in kind. The changes, he suggested, came not because of industry trends, but because there are more important things to fill that space with - like more battery capacity.

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Samsung to tempt fate with battery that charges 5 times faster

Samsung to tempt fate with battery that charges 5 times faster

Samsung’s fiasco with the Galaxy Note 7 last year put it in an odd position. On the one hand, it has to be extra careful about how it presents battery technology for as long as people remember the Galaxy Note 7. But, on the other hand, it is also pressured to develop new battery technologies that will prevent such things from happening again. The company’s Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has just revealed one such new battery that could charge five times faster than today’s conventional batteries by using graphene balls.

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Tesla’s Australian Powerpack battery system is already complete

Tesla’s Australian Powerpack battery system is already complete

Tesla has completed its Powerpack backup battery system in Australia ahead of its December 2017 deadline, officials have announced. With its completion comes a milestone designation: it is the largest lithium-ion battery in the world, and it is located in South Australia. South Australia, which is heavily dependent on wind power, approved the construction back in July. Tesla had promised to complete the project in 100 days.

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Tesla Powerbank is a portable battery for your smartphone

Tesla Powerbank is a portable battery for your smartphone

Can't afford one of Tesla's big home batteries? It has a new alternative for you, and it'll fit in your pocket: the Tesla Powerbank. As you'd expect from a powerbank, this model is designed to charge your smartphone, earbuds, or any other USB gadget, and it is small enough to fit in your pocket. The Tesla Powerbank is available now from the company's own website.

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AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

The folks at myCharge make a battery called AdventureUltra that outputs to USB and AC adapter. This monster has a battery capacity up to 13400mAh, and it's made for camping. Of course you can use it anywhere, as over the last few weeks I've tested and confirmed. It's a lifesaver when I'm working on a bus or making a trip across the country in a car with no outlet.

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BMW’s battery graveyard gives EV cast-offs a second life

BMW’s battery graveyard gives EV cast-offs a second life

Electrified cars may be increasingly popular, but one of the big questions is what happens when the batteries aren't holding enough charge for use on the road? BMW is showing off one of its solutions, officially opening its battery storage farm at the grounds of BMW Plant Leipzig in Germany today. Inside the facility, a next-door neighbor to the plant where it produces EVs like the BMW i3, is the place where old electric car batteries go to retire.

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Romeo Power Saber power bank has an AC outlet for charging laptops

Romeo Power Saber power bank has an AC outlet for charging laptops

A company called Romeo Power has just launched its Saber battery for pre-order, promising it to be more versatile than any power bank you already have lying around. Whereas most power banks are limited to micro USB, Saber covers all of your needs: microUSB, USB-C, and, yes, an ordinary AC outlet for plugging in your ordinary laptop charger.

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Two more iPhones split at the seams [UPDATE: now 3]

Two more iPhones split at the seams [UPDATE: now 3]

It would appear that a couple more iPhone 8 Plus phones have opened themselves up for want of a bigger space for a battery. These two units add on to the two we reported last week, both of which within the the first week. In our first report we found one Japan, another in Taiwan. The two newest reports come from Greece and Canada.

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Toshiba’s new lithium-ion battery promises 320km range on 6min charge

Toshiba’s new lithium-ion battery promises 320km range on 6min charge

Toshiba has announced a new next-generation lithium-ion battery that is aimed at use in electric vehicles and the battery has the potential to revolutionize the EV market. The new battery uses a new anode material that promises to allow an EV to travel 320km on a 6-minute ultra-rapid recharge. That is three times the range possible on that amount of charge with current batteries.

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Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

Apple Watch 3 battery info means you’ll be charging more often

The Apple Watch 3 has just broken cover and it sported a feature that the Apple faithful have been expecting since the Apple Watch 2: LTE connectivity. But that added functionality doesn’t come without a figurative cost and the biggest hit is on the battery. Apple knows too well that it will be users’ primary concern, so it put up a dedicated web page for the Apple Watch 3’s 18 hour battery life. Or 1 hour, depending on how you use it.

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