Samsung can make reverse wireless charging actually useful with the S10

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Samsung can make reverse wireless charging actually useful with the S10
Huawei was the first company that introduced reverse wireless charging, the feature that allows you to use your smartphone as a wireless charger for other devices, but it might be Samsung with its Galaxy S10 family that will actually make it useful. And that's one big difference.

Reverse wireless charging made its debut with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, one of the best phones of 2018, and it was mostly a show-off: you could use reverse wireless charging to top up another phone, like say an iPhone.

It was a cool gimmick, something to rub off someone's nose, but not really a feature that would have much genuine value.

Samsung, however, might change that as it is preparing to embed reverse wireless charging in its Galaxy S10 family of phones, but in a meaningful way.

A whole new ecosystem built around reverse wireless charging

See, apart from the occasional emergency, it does not make much sense to charge another phone with reverse wireless charging. First, that other phone probably has a big battery that will deplete the battery on your own phone, and second, it's slow as molasses.

Samsung seems to realize this very well and recent leaks suggest that it has found a much more sensible use for reverse wireless charging: imagine if you could charge your wireless headphones and your smartwatch via your phone, so you don't need to bring any extra chargers, charging cradles or cables. Wouldn't that be genuinely useful?

That's what Samsung is building: an ecosystem around reverse wireless charging that would actually give this feature the meaning it lacks right now.

The most recent leaks and rumors claim that Samsung is preparing a new Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch that could become the new standard for smartwatches (especially, non-Apple ones), and expectations are that the battery on this watch will be slightly smaller than on the 2017 Gear Sport. Sounds like bad news? Well, a smaller battery might not be great, but imagine if you could place your watch on your phone anytime to get a quick top-up. That would make the battery anxiety of using a smartwatch far less stressful, don't you think?

And the same applies to the new Samsung wireless earbuds that have leaked out: you would be able to just place these on the back of that shiny new S10 phone and they will magically start charging up. This again would alleviate a lot of the stress around the battery status of the increasingly growing amount of battery-powered gadgets in our lives.

Could this help speed up adoption of wireless gizmos?

Of course, Samsung is yet to officially uncover all these products, so all above are speculations based on (very detailed) leaks and rumors, and the end game with reverse wireless charging might change.

Yet still, we believe that Samsung will indeed give this feature a bit more use and meaning.

What do you think?

Are you all aboard the train with wireless gadgets like smartwatches and earbuds, or are you sticking with a traditional watch and wired headphones? And could this latest development make you reconsider?

Related phones

Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh



1. ahmadkun

Posts: 573; Member since: May 02, 2016

I really like this particular one

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I sometimes forget to put my watch on the charger at night so this would be clutch since I can get a day and a half on 50% on my galaxy watch. And I'm definitely picking up the new wireless buds so I'm definitely ready for the S10+ and all it's features!

3. RevolutionA

Posts: 392; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Apples gonna make it better, useful and everyone's gonna follow that as usual

4. JCASS889

Posts: 515; Member since: May 18, 2018

you mean by copying samsung? typical apple....

5. chbanks512

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 07, 2017

For as long as it took them to adopt Wireless Charging in the first place (and their half-a$$ed implementation once they finally did), I really wouldn't hold my breath...

7. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Haha this rumored 9w reverse charging is better than apples normal 5w charge.

6. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

In all fairness to Huawei, their new Freebuds charges wirelessly on the Mate 20 Pro. Huawei was just dumb in the way they promoted this feature, they should've shown it working in the same way Samsung is going to do, which is charging your earbuds and smartwatch.

8. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Huawei version is slow as a snail though. Samsung rumored 9w vs Huawei 2.5w. I think it's safe to say Huawei implementation is crap.

14. maherk

Posts: 6775; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's not the point, read the article, then my comment again, and you will get the point Inwas trying to make.

9. Kennyb123

Posts: 4; Member since: May 22, 2017

It would be even cooler if you could be charging your phone via wire, and charging your headphones or smartwatch via wireless from the phone. That way you aren't depleting your phone battery. I honestly don't see how they could fail to do this. It's the perfect hotel travel situation.

10. alanrock

Posts: 304; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

decent copy of Huawei reverse wireless charging and that is all worth to say...article have, of course a decent amount of bias toward Huawei but that is understandable for PA writings.

11. japkoslav

Posts: 1500; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Considering average battery size in category - no they can't, it's that simple and useless.

12. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2149; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I like the innovation, but this is not practical for using the phone, while charging. A phone upside down is only meant for you to have the phone down while at your desk, etc...

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2149; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I like the innovation, but this is not practical for using the phone, while charging. A phone upside down is only meant for you to have the phone down while at your desk, etc...

16. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

People don’t charge their watch or ear buds while the phone is in pocket, they do so when the phone is at desk. Plus, these accesories get charged very quick due to their minuscule battery.

15. psigate

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Would find this useful if the phone can keep itself powered up for more than a day. Why would I want to give away my phone's charge only to later on needing to charge it in the middle of the day? A wireless powerbank would probably be more useful for me.

17. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Why would you need to carry power bank when you have a phone that gives a day of battery life. Charging wireless ear bud or watch sometimes won’t discharge your phone by 50%.

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