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Smartphone batteries are the primary bottleneck of the fast-paced innovation of smartphones today. That could all change when the solid state battery will be available for smartphones soon. Unfortunately, soon is not this year. It is two to three years from now.

When Samsung Galaxy Note 7 made an “exploding” arrival last 2016, Samsung was put in a situation where they should start focusing on their batteries. Although it took a lot of time for the giant electronics company to figure out what went wrong with their batteries finally, they still figured it out.

And after that tragic incident, Samsung has finally made a significant breakthrough in their battery technology. Presenting the solid state batteries that do not overheat and will less likely to explode.

According to an unnamed official of Samsung SDI, a smartphone version of the solid state battery is in under development period. That is the same technology of batteries that are currently used in other electronic devices like the pacemaker and drones.

Solid State Battery

The solid state battery is a type of cell that does not use any liquid or gel. The liquid or gel in a typical li-ion battery is the primary cause of the explosion. That is because lithium when comes in contact with other compounds will explode. Lithium is highly reactive that it can even explode when exposed to moisture in the air.

Solid state batteries, on the other hand, do not use liquid or gel electrolytes as components to function. As in the name reliable means, it consists of solid electrolytes to let the current passes through it.

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The technology is already available and just waiting to pass the tests and other conditions for final release in the market. The source also added that LG Chem had made similar progress with their battery-making division.

If the estimate is right, we could be having the technology in the next two years. A safer and higher capacity of electric charge could finally be possible. That means consumers can enjoy a longer usage with their handsets without having to worry about it being dangerous. Therefore, no more exploding batteries.

The Issue

The bigger problem that the technology currently faces remains the same – the cost of production. A thin film solid state battery could already cost $20 to $30. Basically, for the size of a smartphone battery, the cost will be exponentially high. Making a single handset cost at least triple its original price.

With positive results and the amount of time and people that are focusing on this technology, we could be seeing the Samsung Galaxy S10 or LG V50 with this battery. Supposing nothing hinders the development of this product. Obstacles will always happen, and that might prolong the development of this tech.

Perhaps it is safe to say that the most likely this innovation will thrive through the market is in five to eight years’ time. We will see.