Most gadgets today, including smartphones and tablets, use Lithium-ion (Li-ion) or Lithium-polymer (Li-poly) batteries. These batteries are dependable, but they do have few limitations. A Chinese company, Honor, has unveiled a next-gen battery technology that they claim is better and superior to current. At the 2023 Mobile World Congress, the company presented the first silicon-carbon battery with a higher energy density.
During the launch of Honor’s new smartphone, Magic 5 Pro, Honor’s CEO George Zhao briefly explained the new battery technology. The silicon-carbon battery delivers a higher energy density compared to traditional graphite anode batteries. The new silicon-carbon battery has a 12.8% increase in battery capacity. This means due to the higher energy density, smartphone’s battery capacity goes up, enabling a longer battery life.
Honor became the first company to announce the industry’s first silicon-carbon battery, and the Honor Magic 5 Pro uses this technology. The smartphone boasts a battery capacity of 5,450mAh on the Chinese model, while the international model will have a standard 5,100mAh battery.
Honor’s new battery technology not only improves battery capacity but also saves space due to its compact nature. Generally lithium batteries lose their charge easily and become unusable once their voltage drops to 3.5 volts. But in contrast, a silicon-carbon battery will have 240% more capacity left even at 3.5 volts.
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During the announcement, Zhao gave hints about the usage of this new technology. He said that if the Honor Magic 5 Pro had used the same technology, its 5,100 mAh battery would have an increased capacity of 5,450mAh. This means that this superior technology is already in use in China.
Zhao mentioned that the new battery technology will come “very soon.” The low voltage aggregation technology of the battery allows this capacity increase possible. This technology can be a game-changer in the smartphone industry and might even disrupt other industries. As the world is currently exploring various energy options, energy storage is one of the top issues it often stumbles upon. So providing longer battery life and better performance is obviously welcome news. Honor’s brand new silicon-carbon battery technology is an exciting and rather essential development in the smartphone industry for now and it might be delivered to us soon.