Like some sort of a high-speed internet hero, 5g technology comes with ultrafast internet service like no other, not only it would enable more steady communications between robots and sentient vehicles but would also make it a hell lot quicker for us to download a full movie in bare seconds if not instantaneously.
But there’s a price to pay like every other good thing, as usual, YOU HAVE SACRIFICE USE PRECIOUS BATTERY LIFE. And that too like 5g’s internet speed would happen in bare seconds if not instantaneously.
To back this thing up, testers for the popular news source CNET discovered not just after 4hrs of using the Motorola’s 2019 flagship the Moto Z3 on a 5g network, the battery got completely crippled. In another testing, they found out that 2019’s one of the best and most powerful smartphone the Galaxy S10 5g was left with almost half of its capacity i.e. 50 percent battery life in just about the same amount of time in which the Moto Z3 gave up completely. This made its battery life much minuscule than its usual 18hrs.
So to sort that problem out, researchers of the University of Lille in France and the University of Texas at Austin developed a new radio-frequency switch which they claim is 50 times more provident than our current solid-state switches. They also published their results in the journal Nature Electronics on the 25th of May.
There is usually a saying that goes around, the answer is most of the times is rooted inside the problem. The thing is, smartphones like our iPhones or Android devices are packed with switches that conduct duties like jumping between the different spectrum of frequencies and networks. As these space-age and state-of-the-art radio-frequency switches are continuously running in the background, they consume not only battery life but also our smartphone’s processing power.
On its customer support page, Samsung stated
- “At this time, the 5G networks are only used for data connections and are not yet capable of carrying phone calls and messages. Your phone will need to maintain a connection to the 3G or LTE network in addition to the 5G network so that phone calls, text messages, and data will be delivered consistently.”
- “Because your phone is connected to multiple networks simultaneously, the battery will drain faster than one would typically expect, and the phone may get warmer than when solely on 3G or LTE.”
- “As the 5G networks grow in capacity and capability, they will be able to handle more of your phone’s functions with less battery drain.”
Lead researcher at the University of Texas said in a prepared statement that the switch they have developed can transmit an HDTV stream at 100GHz frequency which is an achievement in itself in the broadband switch technology. It is also energy efficient as the switches stay off most of the time. CNET too stated that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 chips will correct the issue.