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

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.

Jane McEntegart works in marketing communications at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than seven years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor and writing about everything from smartphones to tablets and games consoles.

  • lassik
    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...

  • Marco925
    Batteries need to improve, either we have tomorrow's smartphones too early, or smartphones have evolved faster than batteries can
  • olaf
    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.
  • del35
    iCrap is sure to sue since we all know genius Jobs invented the battery after travelling faster than the speed of light.
  • Goldengoose
    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).
  • geekapproved
    AMAZING, my HTC Sensation 4G goes 2 days without charging.
  • Tmanishere
    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.
  • elcentral
    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.
  • Dyseman
    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.