As you should recall, not long ago Samsung has unveiled its first smartphone boasting a curved display. We’re referring, of course, to the Galaxy Round. You may also be aware of the fact that the Round shares many similarities with the Note 3 in terms of hardware specifications. Both devices feature a 5.7 inch display with a 1080p resolution, the same amount of RAM and the same processor. However, Note 3’s battery has considerably more “juice” than the one found powering the Galaxy Round, with the latter delivering a 3,200 mAh unit and the former featuring a smaller, 2,800 mAh battery. So what gives?
Well, the reason why the Round has a smaller battery is because of the curved nature of the device. The Korean manufacturer hasn’t done any changes in its battery tech for the Round, and the handset is being powered by a standard Li-Ion slab that comes in a different, more rectangular form factor in order to fit the design. In contrast, the LG G Flex -which also features a curved display- comes with a much more generous 3,500 mAh unit. This was possible due to LG’s implementation of a curved battery (as opposed to the “Stepped” manufacturing process of LG G2’s battery), so you could say that LG is a step forward in this regard. However, it looks like the current situation will not last too long.
Samsung Ready to Produce Curved Batteries
In our digging for hot bits of information regarding the future of the mobile market, we’ve stumbled across fresh reports coming from Korea, indicating that Samsung is now ready to mass produce curved / warped batteries (this statement pertains to Samsung SDI’s president, making it as official as it gets).
This will evidently allow the manufacturer to create larger, more generous units that could be fitted on curved devices. So, does this mean that we might get to see more curved smartphones in the foreseeable future? I’m pretty certain that we will, especially given the limited release of the Galaxy Round. Not to mention the fact that Samsung could produce these types of batteries for other smartphone manufacturers as well.
One last thing that we should note is that these warped / curved batteries are not the same as the solid state flexible units of which we’ve discussed not too long ago. That type of technology is still in its early stages of development, and it could take roughly two years before it will go into mass production.
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