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Your next smartphone may very well be able to bend in half — if LG’s technology ever comes to market, that is. Following news that both Samsung and LG are preparing smartphones with curved displays, LG has announced that it is developing flexible batteries that could make their devices virtually bendable.

LG has recently started production of what it calls “cable batteries,” which are flexible, wearable batteries that utilize low electricity and are waterproof, according to an LG news release issued through the Korean Newswire. Their durability, energy efficiency and flexible form factor make them an attractive option for upcoming wearable devices, and LG claims that they can even be tied into a knot.

This isn’t likely to be the battery that ends up in LG’s alleged G Flex curved display phone, however. The Korea-based company has another component called the curved battery that is optimized for devices with curved displays, and LG says that will power its next generation of mobile devices.

LG has already been implementing non-traditional battery design into its current products, such as the “stepped battery” form factor that is present in devices such as the G2. This type of battery refers to a design that stacks two batteries on top of one another, creating what looks like a step. This method is said to take full advantage of a mobile device’s internal space, allowing for more battery without compromising its design.

That could explain why the G2 lasted longer than most phones during the LAPTOP Battery Test, which consists of continuously surfing the Web over LTE with the display brightness set to 40%. The T-Mobile G2 lasted for an astounding 13 hours during that test, which is longer than any phone we’ve ever tested.

The introduction of flexible batteries marks a rather significant breakthrough in the future of both smartphones and wearable devices. Although companies such as Samsung have been flaunting bendable displays since CES 2102, the prospect of flexible gadgets had seemed far-fetched because of necessary internals, such as batteries, that couldn’t be bent until now.

Both Samsung and LG are rumored to unveil the world’s first commercially available smartphones with curved displays sometime this month, which would mean that these gadgets would have virtually unbreakable displays. The touch screens on these devices would be made of plastic and would use flexible properties to keep them from breaking, but the displays themselves won’t be bendable.

It’s clear that LG built its latest flagship phone to last. If its blazing fast Snapdragon 800 processor wasn’t enough, the G2’s 3,000 mAh battery lasted a record-setting 13 hours and 44 minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test. The AT&T version lasted 10 hours and 42 minutes, while the Verizon model lasted 9 hours and 14 minutes. All of these runtimes are great. While the back-mounted power and volume keys aren’t for everyone, overall the G2 is a formidable Android phone that’s built to go the distance.

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New photos of what Apple’s iPad Mini may look like started making the rounds on the web Monday.

Considerably smaller than the current iPad, the tablet has two rear speakers rather than the single speaker on the current iPad, and uses the new lightning connector Apple introduced with the iPhone 5. Placed beside a third-generation iPad in the photos, you can really see how the size difference between the two tablets will come into play.

Originally posted on Twitter by Sonny Dickson, the photos line up with current iPad Mini rumors. However, they could also simply be mockups of the device based on those rumors.

In addition to being smaller, the iPad Mini is also expected to be less expensive than the current iPad, pitting it against tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire in the marketplace. Recent rumors also suggest a 3G version of the tablet will be available.

Screen protectors for the yet-to-be-announced iPad Mini are already on sale at Zagg.com. Rumors suggest that Apple will be sending out invitations to an event to announce the tablet this Wednesday, with an event to announce the tablet taking place on October 17.

Apple is traditionally very secretive about its products and product announcements, but photos and details about its iPhone 5 were heavily circulated on the web prior to the official announcement of the phone.

Do you think Apple will announce an iPad Mini this month? What do you think we’ll see in the tablet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

[via Business Insider]

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