Power: the more durable of the gadgets at CES


Spare a thought for the attendees of the CES tech show that decided to briefly leave their phones in the load of the towers.

The devices remained locked on the inside when a power cut plunged in the exhibition hall in the dark.

Having to constantly be personal devices charged is a nuisance we are all, by now, familiar with – even-of-device makers are frustrated.

During Huawei’s press conference, the signature of the chief executive acknowledged that the life of the battery was among the main complaints of the clients of the smart phones.

He went on to explain that this is the reason why the Huawei Mate 10 Pro includes a larger battery than many of its rivals – to 4,000 milliamp-hour (mAh) capacity.

Watch the world’s largest consumer electronics fair briefly hobbled by a power outage perhaps makes gadgets especially with long battery life seems to be more appealing.

If so, a new wave of devices at CES this year, they are offering to survive their power-hungry brothers.

Take Lenovo Miix 630 tablet, a two-in-one that comes with a keyboard.

Is meant to last up to 20 hours on a single charge thanks to the energy efficiency of the Qualcomm processor, a chip originally designed for mobile devices.

They say Lenovo has still not been tested, but it is a tantalizing promise of a battery that is more secure for the future.


Qualcomm has been working on the improvement of the efficiency of different components provided by the manufacturers of gadgets from consumer.

In the press conference this week, one executive said that the signing of the new Bluetooth system-on-chip slashed energy use by 65%.

As a result, the wireless headphones could last almost three times longer on a single charge, he suggested.

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Another company similar progress, this time for the chips used in the so-called internet of things devices, Sigma Designs.

Announced that its latest series of processors, the Z-Wave 700 line, could allow for things like wifi connected sensors embedded in the furniture and the walls for the last 10 years on a coin cell battery.

Power during the CES


For Ben Wood, analyst at CCS Insight, the irony of all this is that while the battery life can be improved in some of the gadgets, the batteries themselves do not.

“To make things last longer than the design around [the battery], the design of the processors or displays that consume less energy”, he explained.

He added that PC manufacturers like Lenovo and HP will draw inspiration from the smartphones of the time thinking about how to make tablets and laptops less power hungry.

Smartphones, of course, for the past 10 years has been pushed to the limit in terms of efficiency, since they must rely on a relatively small and flat, and on-board batteries.

For any person seriously worried about running of juice, the last portable battery packs for recharging devices away from the supply networks were on display at CES this year.

It includes a giant Duracell, which comprises a large battery of acid.


Site news technology Gizmodo, who spotted the device on the show floor, it is estimated that it could recharge an iPhone X more than 48 times.

Finally, the PC gaming hardware specialist Razer has come up with an interesting way to feed your new wireless mouse – take out the battery completely.

It is exhibiting a wired mouse mat that generates a magnetic field, that powers the electronics in the interior of the Mamba mouse directly.

“While other companies have tried to make wireless charging for the mice, who have been unable to achieve the true wireless energy as their mice still need a battery to be charged,” said chief executive Min-Liang Tan.

It is No wonder Razer is proud of himself – tech firms are desperate to free us from the task of the rate of charge of the batteries, because they know that this could result in a greater appreciation of their products, according to Ben Wood.

“This is the Holy Grail,” he said.

“There is a constant race to see who can optimize the energy consumption, while at the same time to offer new capabilities.”

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