We all know Samsung spends billions of dollars every year on research and development. And it looks like the money is being put to good use as the company recently announced that it successfully developed a flexible battery which can power smartphones, wearables and other devices.
Yes, you heard it right. The South Korean giant showed off a battery which could work even when it’s rolled up in U shape, taking battery technology to a whole new level.
The product comes from Samsung SDI, the energy and battery division of the company which has been busy throughout the past few years developing and improving existing battery technology. It showed off this new rollable battery at the InterBattery 2014 exhibition currently going on in Seoul, South Korea.
The new flexible battery is still in a very early stage of development, so don’t expect to see it anytime soon on upcoming Samsung devices. In fact, the company has given a time frame of around 3 years to fully develop and make it consumer ready.
But even if we have to wait for years to see a final product, the announcement does show us what we can expect of Samsung devices in the future. The company has a tradition of investing heavily in R&D to stay ahead of its competitors and we have seen many great products from this division in the past few years.
The same division was responsible for the development of the beautiful AMOLED displays that we see on smartphones today. In fact, display is one of the main focuses of Samsung’s R&D, which means we get to see new and better products like the Galaxy Note Edge. No other smartphone boasts of such a screen, which is actually practical too and all credits go to Samsung’s research division which made this feat possible.
Now, such a curved display coupled with a flexible battery could change the way smartphones are designed. Maybe, someday we could even roll up our large phones and put it in our pockets.
Further, such flexible batteries are perfect for wearables, which usually come with curved displays. The recent Gear S standalone smartwatch is the best example of a curved smartwatch. So, if these flexible batteries retain a lot of charge too, then it may solve the current problem of low battery life on wearable devices.
So, what do you think about the new flexible batteries from Samsung?
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