Huawei’s new fast-charging tech can half-charge a phone in just five minutes

Smartphone development absolutely thrives on competition, and over the years we’ve seen such efforts push the limit on processor speed, camera fidelity, and screen resolution, to name just a few. One of the latest hot areas where OEMs can really make their phones shine is in terms of battery performance, and while anyone can give their phone a larger battery, the attractive metric now is just how fast a battery charges. Over the past few years we’ve already seen such tech evolve by leaps and bounds, and these days we even have wireless high-speed charging that gives traditional wired solutions a run for their money. Today Huawei shares word of its own latest advancements to charging tech, showing off two different lithium-ion cells that can take a charge in just minutes.

Huawei’s system adds extra ring-shaped molecules to the already ring-shaped structure of a battery’s graphite anode, allowing for what the company claims is faster charging capacity with no energy-density or battery-life tradeoffs.

One of the batteries Huawei demoed that was constructed with this system was a smaller 600mAh component (maybe suitable for wearables), that could reach over two-thirds capacity after a mere two minutes on a charger.

The company also has a smartphone-sized 3000mAh battery that can nearly hit half a charge in five minutes flat – enough for up to ten hours of handset operation.

There’s no word yet on when we might hope to see this tech actually show up in Huawei phones, but we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled.

Source: Huawei

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