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[Others] Reasons Why Non-removable Battery Is Ideal In Smartphone Design

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01:30, Oct-14-2018 | From Mi Max 3
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Recent smartphone being manufactured mostly feature the built-in battery technology, as such devices with removable battery are not seen as much as they were before. It is no doubt that removable battery was once a trademark of Android smartphones, and it was one of the feature that differentiated it from Apple devices (Because non removable battery was unique to Apple). However, latest smartphone technology suggests that removable battery technology are gradually going extinct. Hence, paving way for new devices with built-in battery technology.

There are several things that support this notion, one of which is the significant evolution of batteries in recent years. Smartphones can offer way more nowadays than before, thanks to improved technology. There are new advances like fast charging and wireless charging. (which works better on non-removable batteries). Also, the presence of improved external batteries has widened the market. Thus, a removable battery is not so paramount anymore.

Furthermore, In an attempt to satisfy user requirements for Smartphone, Vendors thought it wise to redesign the battery technology of their devices. Users would prefer to go for a device that has a neat design, slim in dimension, light when held and with good battery capacity. Normally this can be achieved at ease, but to account for strong batteries, the device has to weigh a little bit high (The price you pay for a good battery enabled device) when removable battery concept is used. But since the adoption of non-removable battery technology, the weight of huge battery enabled device are reduced drastically. This is because all the components are manufactured on the device, Hence miniaturized with better efficiency.

The trend was started years ago by Apple with their iPhone series. In recent times, other companies followed suit. Ultimately, the Samsung Galaxy S6 kick-started Samsung’s new design policy of non removable battery technology, and the S8 was the perfect result. The likes of Gionee, Xiaomi, Infinix, Tecno... and others also adopted the policy in an attempt to Satisfy User discretion.

Meanwhile, some users still prefer removable batteries for their various device, because of the ease at which it can be replaced. But one thing is certain, if you are looking to upgrade your smartphone to a removable battery enabled device, the chances of you getting a cool device is somewhat slim. This is because smartphone manufacturers are moving to the latest battery technology.

In conclusion, the era of removable battery technology are slowly coming to an end. Replacing them has enabled manufacturers to add some other amazing features to their devices. Some of which are the reduction in weight of devices with large battery capacity.
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02:13, Oct-14-2018 | From Redmi 2
Nice explanation. I still love phone with removable battery.


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06:26, Oct-14-2018 | From Redmi 4X
This post was edited by Aphanic at 00:04, Oct-14-2018

This post is a copy of an article from a year ago and yet there's no reference to the author or link to the site, and that's unacceptable (unless you're the author that is).

In any case, I don't agree with many of the points of this editorial.

Fast charging is no reason to have a sealed battery, nor does it work better with those, and the fact that portable batteries are readily available doesn't diminish the usefulness of a removable battery in my opinion.

Same goes for the weight argument or having the latest battery technology, it doesn't have much to do with having a sealed unit.

Something that inherently degrades over time (and rather quick) shouldn't be sealed away in a device, making it more difficult to replace when it no longer provides enough juice, especially when low quality cells are used.

I would certainly prefer to have a device that's even 1 mm thicker if it were to have a removable battery, but hey, it's better for manufacturers (when the time comes, just buy a new phone will you? 😈).

Just like removing the 3.5 mm audio connector. From a consumer perspective it's a rather dumb move, but since there's no need for expensive DACs and all it's better for the company. It doesn't necessarily result in a lower manufacturing cost, but if it does I don't think those savings are passed onto the customer.
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