Batteries have been at the center of controversy in the mobile industry throughout the past two years, but LG is committed to staying away from overheating and explosion concerns in 2017. Safety is of high importance for the company and its next flagship. That’s obviously because there’s an opportunity to steal sales from Samsung after the Galaxy Note 7 scandal that damaged the brand in late 2016.
LG revealed what it’s doing to avoid any safety risks with the battery inside the G6, which will launch next month.
Rather than hoping its phones run naturally cool, LG plans to use a simple mechanism that shifts the distribution of heat.
The copper-made heat pipe will move heat away from the battery and dissipate it throughout the body for quick cooling.
An LG official told the Korea Herald the following:
“We are conducting battery heat exposure tests to a temperature 15 percent higher than the temperature set by the international standards of the US and Europe. The battery also undergoes diverse tests such as piercing it with a sharp nail or dropping a heavy object on it.”
Hardware manufacturers including Samsung have been using heat pipes in mobile devices for the last year, and the component has been used in desktops and laptops for years. It’s all to reduce the overall temperature of a device.
New for the G6, too, will be enhanced endurance. LG is testing “harsh treatment” with things like dropping and exposure to high voltage going on in a lab. So it’s likely this phone features the same military-grade durability as the V20 introduced in November.
You can expect to see the LG G6 announced in February at MWC 2017 in Barcelona.