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Quick charging smartphones could be here next year.

It has been reported that smartphone technology allowing devices to be charged in 5 minutes could be with us next year.

The technology was first shown off in 2015, when Israel start-up StoreDot demonstrated its FlashBattery at the CES tech show in Las Vegas, with the technology hoping to go into production in early 2018.

Sceptics are already doubting whether the claims of getting this to mass market as early as next year is feasible. However, StoreDot Chief Executive Doron Myersdorf remains adamant that this is possible.

CCS Insight technology analyst, Ben Wood remains unconvinced at the expected roll out, but agrees if this does work as planned it could be a major moment in the industry.

"Taking risks with battery technology can bite you," he told the BBC. "I would say that experience has taught me to always remain sceptical. Let's see if it happens would be my view."

He pointed out, for example, that any design that generates large amounts of heat can impact the performance of the battery.

However, he added that anyone who did manage to crack the "battery problem" could have a transformational effect on consumer electronics.

StoreDot also unveiled an electric car battery that charges in five minutes at a tech event in Berlin, stating the battery provides 300 miles of range.

Posted on 15 May 2017