Qualcomm's new WiPower technology brings wireless charging to all-metal smartphones
posted by Florin T. / Jul 28, 2015, 2:57 PM
Called Qualcomm WiPower, the technology is not based on the well-known Qi and PMA standards, instead relying on a newer wireless charging standard known as Rezence. First demoed in January this year, Rezence is developed by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), which includes many important members like Samsung, Intel, Microsoft, LG, Asus, Lenovo, Motorola, and - of course - Qualcomm.
WiPower operates "at a frequency that is more tolerant of metal objects", allowing all-metal devices (including smartphones) to be wirelessly charged "at speeds equal to or faster when compared to" non-metal devices using other wireless charging technologies. Thanks to the Rezence standard, WiPower also lets devices charge wirelessly even without direct physical contact. Moreover, multiple devices can be charged at the same time.
It's not exactly clear when we'll see smartphones and other devices using WiPower on the market, but it could happen pretty soon. Until then, check out Qualcomm's WiPower promo video below:
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FINALLY. I have been wait for A4WP to release their shite but all I see is the useless Qi crap. Finally we get true wireless charging and hopefully Apple doesn't patent it.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 3:17 PM 2
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Why would Apple patent it when its Qualcomm that made the tech in the first place. If anything we will see this with Qualcomm type hardware before we see it with any Apple hardware.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 5:39 PM 0
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Okay the charger pad under the desk was pretty cool. It'd love to have that.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 3:22 PM 1
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Wireless charging is crap anyway considering how long it takes to charge plus the fact that it heats up your phone degrading the batteries life expectancy.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 3:24 PM 2
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Does your current device have wireless charging? My current devices include a One m9 and a s6 edge. My s6 edge charges faster than my m9 when its wirelessly charging and it does not get hot, as a matter of fact it gets mildly warm at the very most.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 3:40 PM 7
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I wonder if the GS6 would have been all metal if this was available? I like the glass though and judging by drop tests, it seems quit durable even with the glass back.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 3:47 PM 1
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Wireless charging is pointless unless u don't use ya phone while it's charging.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 4:50 PM 1
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Thats pretty cool. In a few years they'll probably be charging electric cars.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 5:48 PM 0
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Sad thing is that you get much more freedom while charging your phone through a cord than wirelessly. With the cord you can have a good 1-1,5m radius to use your phone while it charges. Wireless charging that is supposed to bring bigger sense of freedom forces you to put your phone in one place and not use it or move it. You may turn on the screen to see notifications or time but that is about it. With a cord I can do anything on my phone while charging if the cord is long enough. You could even buy a female to male USB extension cord of any lenght if you check to see is it's amperage and voltage throughput the same as original cable's.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 5:56 PM 0
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That's a weak argument because one. You have issues if you need to use your when charging. The only time I charge, overnight I am sleeping rather than using my phone and wireless charging is a lot handier than that. Two. The way I have my home set up is that I can easily use my phone while it is charging on a wireless charging pad. I use my Bluetooth speaker for calls and my tablet for texts, emails, whatsapp messages, and everything else. Three and most importantly. No one is stopping you from using wired when needed and combined with wireless charging when not needed. There are no downsides to wireless charging because you can use a wire when you want and use the pad when it's more covienent.
posted on Jul 28, 2015, 11:36 PM 2
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