Without a doubt the snafu of exploding batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was a huge blow to Samsung’s reputation, one that has been built up carefully over the years. However exploding batteries aren’t new and we have seen many instances in the past where not just phones have exploded, but so have hoverboards.
However this is a future that Samsung wants to avoid, so much so that Samsung SDI (the company’s battery division) has revealed (via SamMobile) that they are working on producing solid-state batteries that are safe from explosion. However it will be a couple of years from being a reality, so it remains to be seen whether or not they will be able to pull it off.
According to a Samsung SDI official who spoke to The Korea Herald, “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.” Assuming they do, this could help assuage the fears of smartphone owners who might be concerned about exploding batteries.
So far there has been quite a bit of work done on batteries to make them safer and last longer, but for the most part lithium-ion batteries continue to remain the popular choice for electronic devices. Exactly what the standard of batteries are in the future is still anyone’s guess.
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