Future Vivo phone could feature the Holy Grail of wireless charging



Sure, wireless charging is convenient since it eliminates the need for a cord to be plugged into a phone, and then plugging that cord into an outlet. But the Holy Grail for wireless charging is a system that would send signals to a phone over the air. The battery would start charging once the person carrying the device enters into a specified area where the signals are in range of the handset. Back in 2017, we told you that Disney is working on something like that, as is a company called Energous.

Energous, which is a start-up based in San Jose, claims that its technology can wirelessly charge a phone within 15-feet of the transmitter at a rate up to 20W. Last week, the company announced that it has entered into a collaboration with Vivo to "explore the use of our WattUp wireless charging 2.0 technology." This system uses radio frequency (RF) to replenish the batteries running a variety of devices. The company licenses its WattUp technology, which has a small footprint, to manufacturers for integration with their products. The WattUp system would require that a transmitter be plugged into an outlet, but would do away with the charging pads that are necessary for wireless charging today.


Back in January, Vivo showed off the Apex 2019 concept phone, which has absolutely no ports at all. A magnetic wireless charging system is used to replenish the phone's battery. With future handsets possibly offering no ports to plug in a charger, we could see WattUp integrated in a number of handsets in the future. While it would appear that working closely with Energous will give Vivo a head start over the competition, back in 2016 there was talk about Apple working with the company to develop the technology for the iPhone. It is unclear whether Energous and Apple ever worked together, and if so, whether the partnership is still active today.

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13 Comments

4. TechNeck

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Android OEMs are really bringing it this year. Even the lesser known ones aren't playing around.

6. TheOracle1

Posts: 1913; Member since: May 04, 2015

There are only three companies right now that have the balls make this happen quickly and that's Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi.

7. gd761

Posts: 211; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Samsung Should Buy the Company and ALL of it's Patents.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Agreed. Samsung was actually reported to be working on similar tech like this 5+ years ago.

8. Poptart2828

Posts: 309; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

This tech is coming this year. Vivo does not play around. They are always tinkering with new tech that always seems to make it to the consumer one way or another.

9. androiduser

Posts: 504; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Is this technology safe? How does it affect us and what are the downsides? I'd be fine if I just needed to charge my phone with a cable and it would last at least a week on heavy use

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6452; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Think about 5G and what it will do to us.

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