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KT adopts new mobile network tech for extended battery life

All News 10:17 April 12, 2017

SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- KT Corp. said Wednesday it has applied a new technology on its long-term evolution (LTE) networks that allows smartphone users to save battery life.

South Korea's No. 2 mobile carrier said its research showed the upgrade extended the battery life of Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S8 smartphone by three to four hours, although details may vary depending on the number of installed apps.

KT said the technology centers on turning smartphones' network programs to the battery-saving mode periodically.

While smartphones had to continuously communicate with signal stations under the previous system, the update will minimize such procedures, allowing devices to save power.

"Over the past three years, the LTE data traffic per person jumped 260 percent. The battery-saving technology is expected to meet the needs of consumers who wish to use smartphones for a longer period without recharging."

Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S8 smartphone is displayed at a shop in Seoul in this photo taken on April 9, 2017. (Yonhap)

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