Samsung SDI unveils curved batteries used in Gear Fit

April 15, 2014
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It might already be a well-known fact, but now Samsung is making it official. The Korean manufacturer's Samsung SDI arm, which is in charge of developing displays and batteries, has just revealed details about its new curved lithium-ion battery, the very same used in the newly launched Gear Fit wearable.

Samsung has long been playing around and parading its flexible and curved displays meant for mobile devices, but, while crucial, those are really just part of the story. To make a truly flexible or curved mobile device, manufacturers also have to take into consideration the shape of other components, and perhaps one of the hardest, literally and figuratively, are the batteries. Though not exactly big in the grand scale of smartphone sizes, Samsung has taken one step forward with this latest lithium-ion battery, which is not only curved but is also advertised to last longer.

This curved battery was definitely needed before Samsung could put out the Gear Fit, which is significantly more curved than other wearables in Samsung's portfolio. Using V-bending and cell-stacking techniques, Samsung was able to achieve a battery for wearable devices with extended capacities of 210 milliamp-hours. According to the company, this allows the battery to last five times longer than other wearable devices out there, which, if you really think about it, aren't that many.

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At the moment, Samsung has not revealed whether these batteries will be available for retail, though we might be seeing them soon if its wearable devices truly kick off. Of course, Samsung isn't the only one deeply interested in curved batteries. October last year, LG revealed that it was already hard at work on not only curved batteries but also stepped and flexible forms as well. Indeed, that was put to good use in the LG G Flex curved smartphone. Needless to say, we might soon be seeing the rivalry between these two Korean manufacturers moving on from curved displays and smartphones to curved batteries and wearables.

SOURCE: Korea Herald


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