Samsung has found plenty of inspiration in devices launched by rival smartphone makers, but the South Korean electronics giant has also done plenty of innovating itself. Samsung’s new Galaxy Round is one example, albeit an awful one. The phablet category exists as it does today solely because of Samsung though, and now the company is reportedly working on some exciting new wireless charging technology for its upcoming phones.
According to Korean-language news agency ET News, Samsung is working with New Zealand startup PowerbyProxi to bring a new kind of wireless charging tech to its smartphones. The startup, which Samsung has invested in, is developing a magnetic resonance charging solution that is different from the various solutions that are widely available today.
Whereas wireless charging solutions currently utilized by Nokia and other smartphone vendors require that a device be properly positioned on a special pad in order to charge wirelessly, magnetic resonance is capable of charging devices even when only a portion of the device is touching the charging base. Devices that utilize magnetic resonance charging can also be charged when there is an obstruction between the charger and the device, or even when the device is held a few centimeters off of the charging pad.
Samsung handsets that incorporate this new magnetic resonance technology could hit the market as soon as the second half next year, according to the report.