Do you think reverse wireless charging is a gimmick?

Do you think reverse wireless charging is a gimmick?
What a time to be alive — phones can charge other phones... wirelessly!

Yeah, in case you missed it, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro actually supports reverse wireless charging, which means it can give off some of its precious battery in order to help a fallen comrade. All you need to do is activate it in settings and put the two phones against each other.

Now, all sorts of leaks and reports are saying that the Galaxy S10 series will support this feature, too. One major difference — this time, it may actually be useful.

What do we mean?

Well, wireless charging is a super-ineffective way to top up a phone. It's simply not efficient as a lot of the energy gets dissipated in the form of heat and not actual charge. So, if you were thinking you can use your Mate 20 Pro as a power bank, you are in for a rude awakening (and a dead phone).

However, Galaxy S10 leaks show that it'll be able to charge the upcoming successor of the Gear IconX wireless headphones. The reason this is actually cool is that headphones (and their charging cases) have much smaller batteries, so you'd actually have a chance of getting a usable charge without forcing your Galaxy S10 to go to bed early. Or at least so we think.

How excited are you about the Galaxy S10's reported reverse charge feature?

Excited about the Galaxy S10's reverse charge?

For sure! Sounds epic!
55.65%
Sounds like a gimmick...
44.35%

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27 Comments

1. Cicero

Posts: 1100; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

For me sure it is a gimmick. Together with front selfie camera.

6. sgodsell

Posts: 6584; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I remember when 3D touch was pushed as the second coming. Look where it is now. At the end of the day people will either gravitate towards it, or not. The public can see through gimmicky features. They decide whether something is gimmicky or not.

15. Krazyass69

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

3d touch is not even apple's innovation it just simply a renamed "pressure sensitive touch" for marketing purposes though apple utilized it better than androids .

16. Vokilam

Posts: 929; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I love 3D Touch and one of three top reasons I switched from Samsung to iPhone.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 6584; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple looks to be getting rid off f 3D touch, just look at the iPhone XR has dropped it altogether. Plus future iPhones look to be dropping 3D touch altogether.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6270; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Give me the option to continue using wired headphones and I'll be happy.

2. rubyonrails3

Posts: 368; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

5000mah battery and reverse charging makes sense to me. also reverse charge should be fast enough then.

26. worldpeace

Posts: 3024; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's 9W reverse wireless charger, almost twice the speed of iPhone's included cable charger.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3649; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

For small device emergency charges like ear buds, watch etc, it makes sense. For charging another phone, naw. Ain't happening. Hug a wall.

7. libra89

Posts: 2024; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Well said.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 968; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Where's the "It's a gimmick unless Apple does it" option?

8. mrochester

Posts: 924; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Don't you mean the 'it's a gimmick unless it's on an Android phone' option?

14. pimpin83z

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

No. He said it right the first time.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30481; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said Rampage.

5. surethom

Posts: 1535; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Yes a gimmick the phone needs all the charge not give it away

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 703; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

It's not a gimmick in my book. Sometimes your phone is dead and you just want to get it on and to about 5-10%

10. Lanx1998

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

If the charging speed is good then it'll be useful otherwise it'll end up as a gimmick like in Mate 20 Pro.

27. worldpeace

Posts: 3024; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

9W reverse charging as mentioned on previous leak.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30481; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, and it can be quite useful. It needs to work faster, and more efficient though.

24. sissy246

Posts: 6826; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That is for sure. It kinda boarders on the edge of useful and gimmick to me. Its going to depend on how well it charges.

13. pimpin83z

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Not a gimmick for me if it'll be on the Note 10. My phone usually has more battery life than my wife's when we're out do her being able to charge her phone from mine is useful.

18. TBomb

Posts: 938; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I'm indifferent about it at the moment. however, my mind would quickly change if I was ever the one receiving a wireless charge from a friend when I was in need. Is it possible that a gimmick could can be useful too?

19. Man_Utd

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I would rather have the option than not have it.

20. blingblingthing

Posts: 703; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Exactly. Getting a feature and giving up nothing means you can't lose. It's like a spare tire.

21. AgentH

Posts: 17; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Depends on the charging speed

22. alanrock

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

wireless charging is already there, so why not make it reverse too?...there is ON/OFF software switch if it is not needed.

25. jmonteiro829

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Only if your Samsung Icon's can be charged wirelessly like the pic suggests then yes it would be cool for that otherwise a waste. If your Galaxy watch could also charge off of it that would also be cool.

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