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Samsung Galaxy S10 line to come with wireless reverse charging
« on: January 28, 2019, 06:39:09 AM »

You might recall the feature on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro that allowed users to use the phone as a wireless charging pad (click on the video at the top of the article). Put another phone on the back of the Mate 20 Pro, and part of the power in the latter's battery will be wirelessly transferred to the other phone. We tested this feature using the Mate 20 Pro to charge a Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and found that the battery on the Samsung unit was charged up only 1% in 10 minutes. While this technology is new, and could come in handy, right now it is painfully slow.

What brings up wireless reverse charging is a photo revealing that the feature will be offered on the Samsung Galaxy S10 line. A picture on the Samsung Members community site (via Techtastic-translated) shows buttons on a controller that visitors to a Samsung demo booth will press in order to view certain videos related to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10. Pushing the button on top plays an introductory video about the phone. The second button shows off the handset's cinematic display, while the next one plays a clip showing off the in-display fingerprint scanner to be found on most of the Galaxy S10 models (the entry level Galaxy S10E will have a side mounted fingerprint scanner). The fourth button starts a video focused on the triple camera setup to be found on some Galaxy S10 models, and the fifth and final button starts a video related to the wireless reverse charging function on the phone.

Demo booth controller shows reverse wireless charging option
Demo booth controller shows reverse wireless charging option

The new feature is expected to be called Powershare, and is not expected to be any faster than the wireless reverse charging found on the Mate 20 Pro. As a result, its usefulness is questionable, and many call it nothing but a gimmick. In addition, there is concern about the size of the batteries on the Galaxy S10 range, since any battery life added to a another phone using reverse wireless charging is subtracted from the battery on the Galaxy S10 unit providing the juice. The most recent rumors call for the Galaxy S10E, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ to be equipped with a 3100mAh battery, 3500mAh battery and a 4100mAh battery, respectively. The 5G enabled version of the Galaxy S10 will reportedly carry a 5000mAh battery. The battery inside the Mate 20 Pro has a capacity of 4200mAh.

The wireless reverse charging feature on the Galaxy S10 line could be what Samsung was trying to promote in a video teaser for the company's Unpacked event, which will take place on February 20th. The teaser showed the image of a fully charged battery icon that could have hinted at the new phones' ability to charge up devices that support wireless charging.


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