Coming to a smartwatch near you: LG Chem’s new hexagonal batteries

LG logoBatteries are usually rectangular, which makes a lot of sense when you're cramming them into rectangular smartphones, tablets, and laptops. But what about when your device isn't a rectangular? Until now, round smartwatches have had to make due with rectangular batteries—a big waste of space in a round body. The Korea Times reports that LG Chem has started shipping a more appropriately shaped smartwatch battery: a hexagonal one.

While not quite the perfect round battery you would want, LG Chem says the hexagonal shape will allow it to pack 25 percent more battery capacity into a round watch—a big improvement for devices that can struggle to last thane entire day. "The development will help users have four hours more for their smart watch," a spokesperson said.

LG Chem isn't done with wacky battery shapes either. According to the report, the company is working on batteries of "various shapes" including an L-shaped battery and "a rectangular model with a hole in the middle."

Coming to a smartwatch near you: LG Chem’s new hexagonal batteries

LG Chem is the LG Group's chemical division, responsible for the development of plastics, LCD polarizers and other components, and batteries. Besides supplying to LG Electronics, LG Chem is a leading battery supplier to the rest of the industry, including Apple. LG Chem says that the hexagonal battery is the first of its kind and is shipping out to customers worldwide. The report mentions the battery is "the result of close cooperation with a top-tier technology company," so someone out there should have one in a smartwatch soon.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: accumulators, LG, smartwatch

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