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Handset power requirements dramatically outpacing capacity

29 сентября 2009

Mobile handset power requirements are currently growing at a significantly faster rate than handset battery capacity, according to IMS Research. And the resulting gap between power available to users and the power required by a growing number of handset features threatens to slow the connected and mobile lifestyle consumers are increasingly embracing, it says.

IMS goes on to say that handset power capacity limitations spell trouble for a number of players across the entire mobile handset industry.

"Handsets with dead batteries don't use very much data or talk time. That's bad news for network operators looking to drive ARPU. Similarly, consumers are unlikely to pay a premium for features that they know will only drain their battery, which places downward pressure on handset selling prices for handset OEMs," commented IMS Research analyst, Chris Schreck.

"There are two key drivers of increased power consumption among handset users," Schreck added. "First, consumers are doing more with their handsets than ever before. Mobile data and application use has skyrocketed in recent years. Secondly, the types of features currently being included in handset designs, not to mention those on the horizon, require more power to operate than ever before. Faster processing speeds, higher data throughputs, and more vivid displays all escalate a handset's power requirements. Even with a 1500 mAh battery, which is the high water mark in the industry at the moment, our estimates show many smartphone users only have a battery life of 6 hours."

Potential solutions for this power gap are coming from all four corners of the mobile handset industry, including new display technologies, more power efficient silicon design, and new battery chemistries, each of which have varying market potential. However, given the pace at which power requirements are increasing, it is unlikely that any one technology will completely address the need for more power in mobile handsets, says IMS.


Источник: Mobile Europe

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