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What if your smartphone could fully charge in less than 15 minutes?



That future may not be so far off, according to Samsung, which Tuesday detailed new battery research that could have big implications for the smartphone maker's business.


The Korean electronics giant says it's developed a type of battery material that's more efficient and charges faster than traditional lithium ion batteries. Called "graphene ball," Samsung says batteries made out of the material could charge as much as five times faster than their lithium ion counterparts.


A battery that today takes an hour to fully charge could, theoretically, take as little as 12 minutes to charge if the new graphene ball material is used, the company says. It could also enable battery capacities to grow by as much as 45 percent, the researchers say.

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