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January 28, 2017

This OnePlus 3 kernel tweak promises 7-8 hours of screen-on time

You read that right: 7-8 hours of screen-on time for the OnePlus 3. While this may sound too good to be true, the claims seem to be backed up by the XDA community. Furthermore, those responsible for the kernel tweaks claim these times are possible “with regular, no-compromise usage habits: daytime visible screen brightness, both radios on, sync on, network location on, all the regular usage features”.

In fact, you can apparently eke out way more than 7-8 hours if you’re willing to exist on minimum brightness with Wi-Fi only and some other features disabled. While that might not be worth your while, the 14+ hours of screen-on time being claimed might be enough to entice [...]

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November 8, 2016

What’s the difference between a Li-ion and solid-state battery?

A couple of weeks ago, Kris introduced us to the topic of solid-state batteries and how they might be the next major advancement in smartphone battery technology. In short, solid-state batteries are safer, can pack in more juice, and can be used for even thinner devices. Unfortunately, they’re prohibitively expensive to put into medium-sized smartphone cells right now, but that might change in the coming years.

So, if you’ve been wondering what exactly a solid-state battery is and how it’s different to today’s lithium-ion cells, read on.

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The key difference between the commonly used [...]

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