Qualcomm's new WiPower technology brings wireless charging to all-metal smartphones

Qualcomm's new WiPower technology brings wireless charging to all-metal smartphones
Qualcomm today announced a new wireless charging technology that will bring wireless charging capabilities to devices made out of metal.

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:



source: Qualcomm

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27 Comments

1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Innovation( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

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.

7. TechNeck

Posts: 647; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

If Apple patents it, I will be very irritated. TT^TT

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7036; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

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.

21. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Hahahahaha, it's like you think Apple comes up with all their patents, hohohoho

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

apple like to patent all their "imagination" without having any technology behind it

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It was made by WiPower. Qualcomm aquired the company.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Next MWC would be pretty interesting.

4. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Okay the charger pad under the desk was pretty cool. It'd love to have that.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7036; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Hey cook your nuts as well. Kill two birds with the one stone as they say. ;-)

20. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

True.

5. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

just in time for the unibody all metal designs of S7 , S7 edge , Note 6 & Note 6 edge.. ikr¿ :-D

6. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

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.

8. JesseJames

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

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.

11. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Yes I have an S6. It's fact that all phones get hot when wirelessly charging.. It's scientifically fact. How hot the phone feels is up to you but it does get hot.

12. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

14. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

I'm sorry bu that's just stupid. Today's wirelless charging have lower charging currents than wired ergo it can't be faster.

9. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

True but let's not forget to innovate. We need to make it better and better instead of giving up

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7036; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I like the Gorilla Glass 4 back myself. I prefer a non metal phone. Metals dent and scratch too easy.

13. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Wireless charging is pointless unless u don't use ya phone while it's charging.

22. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

It's class when it's a large charging pad where you always settle your phone though. Every time you put it down, get some trickle in there, no wires snywhere, it's handy

18. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Thats pretty cool. In a few years they'll probably be charging electric cars.

25. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its already available on market, one of it called plugless which is compatible with volt and leaf.. i dunno about tesla :-/

19. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

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.

23. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

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.

26. sashank

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Does this mean it only works for a phone made entirely of metal or is it enough to have one like s6 or OP2....

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