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Samsung aims for all-day smartphone batteries in 2012

updated 04:15 pm EST, Tue January 17, 2012

Samsung sets high goal of long mobile battery life

Samsung product innovation VP Kevin Packingham in an interview from CES claimed his company had a goal of true all-day battery life on smartphones this year. Along with getting higher battery capacities, Samsung would optimize the wireless activity on cellular and Wi-Fi, as well as tune other components, he told CNET. He admitted that phones like the Droid Charge weren't ideal, in part because of the use of new technologies like LTE that still had young chipssets.

"When you wake up to when you go to bed, we don't want you feeling anxiety about your battery life," Packingham summarized.

Which devices and what components would contribute to the extension weren't mentioned, although Samsung is known to have access to multiple technologies that will help extend battery life. Qualcomm may be the biggest contributor on 4G networks: it has promised an all-in-one chipset that merges LTE with 3G, greatly reducing the amount of power it needs. Samsung's AMOLED likewise shrinks the amount of power needed to drive a large display, and newer processors will be more efficient as a matter of course.

Most of Samsung's hand is likely to be played at Mobile World Congress in late February, an even which it regularly uses to introduce its flagship smartphones.

The battery life claim is an indirect shot at Apple, its next-closest competitor. Usually, the iPhone has been held up as a standard for battery life relative to power-hungry Android devices, but Samsung could establish itself as a new benchmark. Unofficially, Apple isn't expected to refresh the iPhone until mid-year or later, and whether or not it tackles battery life is still far from known.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Flying Meat

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    Disable flash and you'll get another half day out of it.

  1. Makosuke

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    Welcome to the party

    I don't know if its hilarious, pathetic, or embarrassing that only now, in 2012, is Samsung making a big deal about a phone that you can actually use all day.

    If I were designing a phone, I'm pretty sure being able to, you know, actually use it would have taken priority over more or less anything else in the design process. What good is a magical 1mm thick phone if its battery only lasts 30 minutes?

    Telling, I think, that Apple has made battery life such a priority from day 1 with the iPhone, both software and hardware--from Apple's draconian stance on software chewing up unnecessary battery, to taking their time with new radio chips because of power draw, to making more or less the entire inside of the device a huge battery. Even the relatively modest amounts of RAM, it's been suggested recently, may be because more chips use more battery.

  1. Bobfozz

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    My GOAL...

    Is a $50 computer which will do everything all computers do now only faster and cooler. So when is that going to happen? Having a GOAL doesn't mean much if there isn't any infrastructure. Did Samsung just wake up to this? All of Apple's competitors seem to spend a LONGGGG time looking the WRONNNNG things! They only copy Apple in design and maybe some patents...everything else, they feel like THEY alone know what they are doing and Apple is clueless. You people are nutz!

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    iPhone users are sour just cause they cant switch batteries...

  1. climacs

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    oh please

    That's a pretty dumb comment even for you.

    Arne, do you really enjoy having to carry around an extra battery? Maybe you stuff it in your crotch to impress the ladies?

  1. BigMac2

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    Joined: Dec 2000


    Dumb Samsung

    Samsung reaction is so typical of a tech company without any insight, customer desires are their only driving force to add features on new products. Apple haters can keep pointing fingers on the iPhone flaws, but at least Apple don't race for useless and unproven new feature, like trying to put a bigger and lower DPI screen on a phone and forcing them to make the phone bigger with less battery is stupid. This is why the Dell streak has failed while following this logic. After all, people want to use a phone that have a size of a phone, not a small tablet...

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

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    It's not a matter of enloyment...

    But rather of convenience.

    If given the choice of carrying a spare battery or a charger I bet even you would carry one.

    Specially so at airports on international flights, where charging points are either very busy (mostly iPhones...) or just non existent.

    But then again CHOICE is something iStuff users give up.

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