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Samsung's New Phones to Go All Day with One Charge

By - Source: CNet | B 50 comments

A whole day without whipping out your USB charging cable or plugging in your phone in the car.

As the months and years go by, smartphones are becoming increasingly powerful, bigger, and capable of more. However, one problem that never seems to go away is battery-life. Most smartphones won't last the full day with anything above light usage and with dual (and soon quad) core processors fast becoming the status quo, it seems the days of unplugging in the morning and not worrying about charging again until you get home in the evening are over. However, Samsung is fighting to give users powerful phones with lasting battery-life and says anyone that purchases one of its new handsets will see a difference.

Speaking during a CES interview with CNet, Samsung's VP of Product Innovation, Kevin Packingham, said that the company's goal is for smartphones hitting the market this year to last an entire day on a single charge with moderate to heavy usage. "When you wake up to when you go to bed, we don't want you feeling anxiety about your battery life," he's quoted as saying.

Packingham said that while the company plans to move to bigger batteries to help alleviate battery problems, that's not the only step it's taking to lengthen battery-life. Samsung is also planning to optimize how the phone uses battery. From altering how often the phone searches for WiFi to changing when it uses the 4G radio, the hope is that better optimization and a bigger battery will give average users better battery. However, Packingham admitted that power users were always going to have issues with battery.

Samsung didn't give any indication as to the sizes of batteries we can expect in its upcoming handset but we're hoping the rumored Galaxy S3 and its 4.6-inch display will benefit from the company's efforts to offer more time away from the charger.

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    Marco925 , January 19, 2012 1:19 PM
    Batteries need to improve, either we have tomorrow's smartphones too early, or smartphones have evolved faster than batteries can
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    chriscornell , January 19, 2012 4:04 PM
    viper666there was a time when phones lasted a week on a single charge... nostalgia goggles on


    Back then PC-games were developed for pc's, music wasn't ruined by the loudness war and Apple was insignificant.

    Those were good times
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    lassik , January 19, 2012 1:18 PM
    One day on a mobile; something we rely on, is pretty rubbish. I get roughly 2 days out of mine.

    But instead of advancing our battery technology, it seems we're just changing the hardware they're powering...

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    Marco925 , January 19, 2012 1:19 PM
    Batteries need to improve, either we have tomorrow's smartphones too early, or smartphones have evolved faster than batteries can
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    olaf , January 19, 2012 1:30 PM
    lassikOne day on a mobile; something we rely on, is pretty rubbish. I get roughly 2 days out of mine.But instead of advancing our battery technology, it seems we're just changing the hardware they're powering...


    2 days he says hah! ive Seen optimus ones last a week under perfect 2g conditions and used for light talking. Now the same phone used to listen to about 3-4h of mp3 and browsing on the comute to work, wont last the day. I avrg 7-8h of battery life with the ammount of talking i do. Your 2 days dont realy suggest that smartphony of a usage. My old k750 still gets about 4-5days with moderate mp3 and talking.
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    del35 , January 19, 2012 1:31 PM
    iCrap is sure to sue since we all know genius Jobs invented the battery after travelling faster than the speed of light.
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    Goldengoose , January 19, 2012 1:32 PM
    Batteries do need to improve, we need the next jump in technology - something which apple has a patent for.

    My galaxy nexus will last a full day - two mates had the nexus one which required charging. another friend has the galaxy 2 which he can have on for a full day and another two have the iphone 4S which can last the full day. This is all with regular use but not over use (games for a example would kill a battery pretty quick).
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    geekapproved , January 19, 2012 1:38 PM
    AMAZING, my HTC Sensation 4G goes 2 days without charging.
  • 9 Hide
    Tmanishere , January 19, 2012 1:43 PM
    I still laugh inside when I see all these portable gadgets people have complaining about battery life. My dumb phone lasts 3 full days without charge, fits comfortably in my pocket, and it doesn't break easily.
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    elcentral , January 19, 2012 1:50 PM
    my real requirements are 16 hours so i can charge it before i sleep. btw in 1-2 years batteries culd be 2 times the power. and if you implement the intel magnetic cpu to pull att almost nothing and go to a 3" screen you shuld be able to last a good 7 days of alot of use.
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    Dyseman , January 19, 2012 1:58 PM
    My HTC-Amaze 4G (T-Mobile) gets about 18 hours if I use it a little, 10 hours if I actually want to talk on it.

    I can remember my cell phones, before they were smart, getting almost a week on a charge. But I'll take the hit in order to do the things I want to be able to do on the run. Just hope ICS will add an hour or two.
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    blackened144 , January 19, 2012 2:21 PM
    TmanishereI still laugh inside when I see all these portable gadgets people have complaining about battery life. My dumb phone lasts 3 full days without charge, fits comfortably in my pocket, and it doesn't break easily.

    So, where do you park your horse and buggy?
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    chriscornell , January 19, 2012 2:35 PM
    The text in this picture is in Danish, but anyone who knows Android knows what the figures mean: http://i583.photobucket.com/albums/ss275/J_Macho/download.jpg

    Yes that's right 3 days and 17 hours on my Xperia Mini Pro - with 3G/Wifi enabled, background downloads enabled, screen brightness at 60% and several network-hawking widgets.

    My old HTC Desire gave me 1½ day if I didn't touch it at all
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    darkchazz , January 19, 2012 2:40 PM
    To all people saying their smartphone easily lasts 2+ days, did you read the article ?!
    "to last an entire day on a single charge with moderate to heavy usage."
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    husker , January 19, 2012 2:50 PM
    What is irritating is people who choose to use cutting-edge technology and then complain about some aspect like battery life, as if somehow it is owed to them. This is the behavior of spoiled children with no appreciation of the amazing things that are afforded to them.
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    Netherscourge , January 19, 2012 2:51 PM
    Smartphone battery life sucks on every phone.

    Period.

    iPhones, Androids, whatever. And the bigger the screens get and the faster the CPUs get, the worse it is.

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    bgaimur , January 19, 2012 3:01 PM
    How to improve battery life: use CyanogenMod. I get > 36 hours of medium usage per day before I get to 40% battery on my Epic 4g. I got ~~ 10 hours before I ran to the charger on stock.
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    sunflier , January 19, 2012 3:08 PM
    Quote:
    Samsung didn't give any indication as to the sizes of batteries...

    If they end up being D size I'm sure the ladies will be pleased. :o 
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    neon871 , January 19, 2012 3:15 PM
    I need my 240 battery - $240 for 10minutes extra talk time!
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    shardey , January 19, 2012 3:21 PM
    I charge my iPhone 4 maybe 2-3 times a week. Although no heavy usage, it still provides decent power for my daily usage.
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2012 3:26 PM
    dumb phones ftw.
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