The Next Evolution in Phone Batteries

The Next Evolution in Phone Batteries

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The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series’ battery represents the next evolution in a long history of battery technology

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The earliest cell phones were bricks with massive batteries, which powered devices so they could perform a single function: two-way dialogue. Despite their massive size, the truth is that the first cellphone batteries didn’t last long. A 1946 device in use by the Swedish police department could make about six phone calls before draining out.

As cell phones evolved, the battery dilemma was never entirely solved. Most early cell phones were really car phones—they lived inside cars and weren’t really designed to be carried around. Some weighed as much as 80 pounds. For that reason, it made sense for manufacturers to hook them up directly to the car battery, and into the late 1970s and 1980s, this solution worked just fine.

Once cell phone technology got to the point where users could move around geographically without losing contact with the tower, and the phones themselves shrank in size, manufacturers began to start thinking more seriously about battery technology. The mobile batteries popular in the 1980s were nickel-cadmium (NiCD), which had a number of limitations. For one, they were huge. For another, they lost their ability to hold a complete charge over time. They also overheated, and cadmium is a toxic chemical.

Nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries solved a few of those problems in the 1990s—namely the size, drain, and toxicity—and lithium-ion batteries followed shortly after, which were quicker to charge and eliminated “the memory effect” entirely. Li-ion batteries are still in use today, but as our devices have grown more powerful the past decades, the demands we place on them are greater and greater. The average smartphone user today will struggle to get a full day’s use out of a single charge—a far cry from where we were even 6 or 7 years ago when we simply demanded less performance from our batteries. That’s why Huawei committed to re-envisioning the way batteries work on their new HUAWEI Mate 10 Series, by outfitting it with the latest technology so that it’s suitable for today’s hyper-connected world.

It begins with the battery itself, which, at 4,000 mAh, already boasts a sizable advantage over other industry mainstays. Such a size allows the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series to maintain the sleek, ergonomic form factor that evolved from those 20th-century bricks, while also increasing the juice from the debilitating industry average.

Then, the battery is enhanced by HUAWEI SuperCharge technology, which differs from other fast charging technologies in a number of ways. First, the phone intelligently controls the current and voltage of the electrical charge, maintaining a balance between the energy that’s absorbed into the battery and the energy that’s dissipated as heat. HUAWEI SuperCharge is able to charge the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series to 20 percent in 10 minutes and 58 percent in 30 minutes. It also makes use of an eight-layer cooling system that safely dissipates extra heat to keep the phone from overheating.

In fact, HUAWEI SuperCharge makes the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series one of the safest smartphones around. In addition to its cooling system and smart monitoring, it’s armed with a fail-safe security system that monitors current, voltage, and temperature, keeping the phone cool and safe-to-use while fast-charging, even when playing a graphically intensive game. These battery protocols have earned HUAWEI SuperCharge the first-ever certification as a safe charging technology from TÜV Rheinland, the world’s strictest compliance and certification watchdog.

Consumers today are making what is, in fact, quite a reasonable demand: they just want their phone battery to last all day on a single charge, with some room to spare for emergencies and heavier-than-average usage. There are almost no smartphones on the market today that can deliver on that front, which is why you can always find crowds of people clustered around power outlets in public areas like airports and shopping malls. The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is unique as a phone that makes use of its robust battery in a holistic manner, providing an all-day charge with none of the battery anxiety.

Most importantly in this regard, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is more considerate about how it uses its battery. The phone is equipped with Huawei’s new Kirin 970 processor, which has a dedicated unit that processes artificial intelligence—a key component of the phone’s ecosystem and, historically, a major battery drain. Putting AI management on a dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) allows all that computation to make more efficient use of the phone’s hardware. “This means a higher frame rate, smoother transitions, and reduced power consumption,” Huawei’s vice president of software marketing, Christophe Coutelle, told Digital Trends. Between its robust capacity, smart power management, HUAWEI SuperCharge technology, TÜV certification, and advanced system-on-a-chip, the HUAWEI Mate 10 Series is the best thing to ever happen to your cell phone’s battery.

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