Huawei has unveiled new quick-charging lithium-ion batteries that the company says can achieve a charging speed 10 times faster than those of typical batteries -- charging devices up to 50 percent in only a few minutes.
According to Huawei, the charging technology is made through bonding heteroatoms to the molecule of graphite in the battery's anode, which form a catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds. This means that heteroatoms increase the charging speed of batteries without decreasing energy density or battery life.
The Shenzhen, China-based company presented two types of quick-charging lithium-ion batteries: a battery with a 600 mAh capacity that can be charged to 68 percent in two minutes, and a battery with 3,000 mAh capacities and an energy density above 620 Wh/L that can be charged to 48 percent capacity in five minutes.
According to Huawei, these batteries went through several rounds of testing and were certified by the company's terminal test department.
In March, Samsung revealed that its Galaxy S6 smartphones can attain four hours of usage after just 10 minutes of charging. Meanwhile, Qualcomm's turbo-charging technology, Quick Charge, allows 3300 mAh batteries to charge up to 60 percent in just 30 minutes.
Huawei did not specify any future plans for its new fast-charging technology, such as when it will hit the market and whether it will appear in smartphones, tablets or wearable devices.