Friday, May 20, 2011

Why Your Smartphone Battery Sucks

If you're hoping your next smartphone will run faster, shine brighter, connect at 4G speed and last longer on one battery charge, you may be in for a rude surprise. The thirst for battery power in new smartphones and tablets is far outpacing new advancements in battery technology. Venkat Srinivasan, a battery technology researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, notes that, “the physics that dictates evolution in batteries is different from the physics that dictates evolution in smartphone electronics.” It seems that batteries are doomed to drag along behind the wagon train until a Eureka moment happens occurs with a better material. More>