Cellphone energy gap widens, says Strategy Analytics

According to a report issued by Strategy Analytics, the average time between charges for mobile phone users is likely to fall by 4.8% per year in the near future.

The report mentions that, in the last three years, battery capacity in handsets has increased by only 4% yearly, despite the fact that nowadays phones (and especially smartphones) need much more power than the ones we had a few years ago.

It’s said that web browsing, social networking and GPS navigation will grow “from a combined 9% of the battery budget in 2008 to 30% by 2014”. So, in case manufacturers don’t find ways to significantly increase battery lifetime, we’ll need to charge our phones more often than we do now.

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(an O2 Universal Charger)

However, the future will probably bring new technologies that may be more energy-efficient.

“Strategy Analytics believes that emerging technologies, like Fuel Cells, Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP), small semiconductor process nodes and bistable displays, could eventually have a positive impact on the cell phone battery budget,” said analyst Sravan Kundojjala. 

Via Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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