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Microsoft to work on week-long battery life smartphone

June 11, 2014

Nigel Chew

Itís the missing piece of the puzzle that we have been looking for all this while. While smartphone technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in these past few years, battery technology has yet to catch up. As a matter of fact, smartphones would have progressed much further by now if powering them wasn't so difficult with existing batteries.

According to a research team at Microsoft, however, itís not all the fault of current battery technology. Instead, smartphone manufacturers can and should create hardware and software that manages power better. As such, the company is aiming to build a phone with week-long battery life using its discoveries.

"You can't just wait for the best battery technology to come along," Microsoft researcher Ranveer Chandra said Monday at the Digital Summit in San Francisco, MIT Technology Review reported. "We can make a lot of progress because systems today don't use battery intelligently."

Chandra states that while some hardware capability has improved exponentially in recent years, batteries' capacity to store energy efficiently has only doubled in the past decade and a half.† The researcher and his team are working on a number of hardware and software optimisations that might dramatically improve smartphone battery life, among which, a new system that uses two smaller smartphone batteries instead of one.

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Source: Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia)

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