Samsung is rumoured to be very close to commercialising its new fast-charging graphene battery technology, which has some key advantages over lithium-ion.

Back in 2017, Samsung announced that it had developed a “graphene ball”, a unique battery material that enabled a 45 per cent increase in capacity, and five times faster charging speeds than standard lithium-ion batteries.

“The breakthrough provides promise for the next generation secondary battery market, particularly related to mobile devices and electric vehicles,” Samsung reported.

“In theory, a battery based on the “graphene ball” material requires only 12 minutes to fully charge.

“Additionally, the battery can maintain a highly stable 60 degree Celsius temperature, with stable battery temperatures particularly key for electric vehicles.”

The Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) developed a “graphene ball” in 2017.

According to noted ‘phone leaker’ Evan Blass, Samsung could launch this game changing tech in one of its handsets by the end of 2021.

In its pure form, graphene is an atom thin sheet of carbon, noted for its incredible strength and conductivity.

The material is now used in electronics, sensors, aircraft, green tech solutions, industrial robotics and sporting equipment – possibly even wallpaper that can generate electricity.

Development of graphene-based batteries has been under way for several years but large-scale production has proved problematic.

Blass mentions that Samsung “still needs to raise capacities while lowering costs”, but if  successful, it could dramatically change the battery landscape.

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