Samsung might soon be able to put all the ruckus revolving around their battery-exploding smartphones (Galaxy Note 7 precisely) to a stop for good. Learning from the fiasco that engulfed the success rate of the South Korean tech giant, it seems like the company is planning to power it’s upcoming range of smartphones with a new breed of “safer” batteries.
An executive from Samsung SDI, the battery manufacturing division of Samsung, anonymously revealed all the information about a project wherein the company is planning to replace all the lithium-ion batteries found in smartphones and other devices, with solid-state batteries. Published in the Korean Herald, the news also said that the company might begun it’s production for the solid-state batteries in the next 12-24 months.
The anonymous executive continues to say,
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. As far as I know, the level of battery technology of our rival firm (LG Chem) is also similar to us.
Solid-state batteries do not use liquid to conduct ions, which is how Li-ion batteries operate. Li-ion batteries can ignite and even explode when liquid inside the battery contacts air or water outside. On the other hand, the solid electrolytes found within solid-state batteries are much less likely to ignite. Was that too much? It’s alright.
Considering the fact that solid-state batteries are not that explosive in nature in comparison to their Li-ion counterparts, it would be good if other smartphone manufacturers also took a cue and started moving to better hardware specifications keeping in mind the consumer’s safety.