The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) has successfully synthesized a now-patented “graphene ball” that can be used to make lithium-ion batteries last 45 percent longer and charge around five-times faster, it has been revealed.
Lithium-ion batteries—like one bundled on the Galaxy Note 8—take an hour to charge, but that will be reduced to around 12 minutes with the new graphene ball technology, announced Samsung on Monday, November 27.
The SAIT has been behind a number of commercialized technological breakthroughs, including the development of the cadmium-free Quantum Dot materials that are being used in Samsung's high-end—and flagship—QLED TVs.
Li-ion was first introduced in 1991
Lithium-ion batteries were first introduced back in 1991 and have since been the standard for powering consumer-grade electronic device. Many, however, believe that the technology has now expired and have started looking for alternatives.
The graphene ball approach is just one of the many different advanced power methods being explored at the moment. There's no guarantee it will ever see the light of day, though.