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Thursday 20 June 2019

Smartphone batteries are short on power, say half of consumers

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Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Half of Irish people think that smartphone batteries are woefully inadequate, according to new research.

A nationwide survey by phone manufacturer Huawei shows that 48pc of us now bring around charging cables to give our phones a jump during the day, while one in 10 admits to buying a coffee just so they can use a café's charging socket.

One in eight of us has to recharge our handsets up to three times a day, with so-called "all day" batteries on smartphones proving to be a lie.

Young women fear running out of juice most, according to the research, with almost two-thirds of female adults under 35 bringing a cable or portable charger around with them.

However, a third of us have learned how to stave off battery drains, turning off apps, Bluetooth and other power-sapping activities to preserve vital energy.

While more of us are complaining about poor battery life in our smartphones, handset manufacturers reply that it's down to increased use of video apps such as Netflix and YouTube.

Almost half of Irish people told researchers that they ideally want a phone that can last for 24 hours "of continual use". Phone companies are starting to load bigger batteries into their devices, with Huawei, Samsung and Motorola all releasing new models with giant power supplies this year.

The news comes ahead of Apple launching its new range of iPhones in early September.

The giant company, which recently surpassed a $1 trillion valuation, is said to be preparing three new flagship models, including a phone with a screen more than six inches in size.

This week, Samsung suffered embarrassment in Ireland when local mobile operators turned down the premium version of its new flagship phone, the Note 9, claiming it was too expensive at €1,279.

The Korean giant is trying to resurrect the Note phone brand after the fires that resulted in the removal of the Note 7 from Irish shops.

Irish Independent

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