Samsung Galaxy S5 may get rapid-charging battery

A report says the follow-up to Samsung's Galaxy S4 could get a new kind of battery that can also store more power within the same footprint.

The Galaxy S5 battery could charge up in under two hours. Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

The Galaxy S5 rumor mill appears to be spinning at full speed now that a Samsung vice president has publicly tipped the reveal date to be around March or April.

The latest report says the update to the popular Android phone line could include a new kind of lithium ion battery that holds 20 percent more energy in the same size module as the Galaxy S4 battery, and also carries a rapid-charging technology that will get you powered up in less than two hours.

PhoneArena says its sources claim that the battery for the S5 will be 2900 mAh, an increase from the Galaxy S4's 2600 mAh juice pack. The increase might not necessarily boost the overall battery life of the S5, however, if reports that it will come with a high-resolution 2,560x1,440 -pixel AMOLED display pan out.

So far, the collected reports and rumors point to high-end specs for the Galaxy S5, including the possibility of a Snapdragon 805 processor, which has advanced graphics performance over its predecessors; the aforementioned 2K display; a 16-megapixel camera; and a premium metal-body model.

We're also hearing rumblings about some new features like head tracking and a possible iris scanner, things that could also make use of a bigger battery.

 

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