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Samsung to launch affordable wireless charger for mid-range smartphones

Can Samsung make wireless charging a mainstream phenomenon?

  • Published: October 30, 2018 12:15 PM IST
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At the launch of Galaxy Note 9 in August, Samsung launched its newest wireless charger dubbed the Wireless Charger Duo. The device is designed to wirelessly charge two device at once, say a smartphone and a wearable. Now, reports have emerged that Samsung is working on a new wireless charger that will be its cheapest yet.

The Korean giant has been revamping its product portfolio to bring features found on its premium models down to mid-range variants as well. That strategy played out first when the company launched the Galaxy A8 with Infinity Display design and taller 18.5:9 screen and slimmer bezels. Now, in order to challenge Chinese rivals, Samsung is reportedly planning to introduce an affordable wireless charger. According to GalaxyClub.nl, the new affordable wireless charger will be priced at €34.99 (around Rs 2,900).

In India, Samsung’s cheaper wireless charger is called the Wireless Charger Stand, and it retails for Rs 3,299. By introducing an even cheaper version of its wireless charger, Samsung could compel more users to use wireless charging over wired charging when they buy their next Galaxy device.

According to a leaked FCC listing, the wireless charger will bear the model number EP-P1100, and will support 10W wireless charging rated at 5V and 2A. It is said to support 9V x 1.67A, translating to 15W wired charging. This is in line with Samsung’s current offering in the market.

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Samsung is under pressure from Chinese smartphone maker and has been losing market share in key markets like India. It has also lost in a big way in China, the world’s largest smartphone market. Now, the company is trying to make a comeback by offering key features like water resistant design and wireless charging to its mid-range devices as well.

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  • Published Date: October 30, 2018 12:15 PM IST