Samsung is reportedly building a new wireless charging mat for smartphones as well as smartwatches. A recent patent application hints at a hardware which bears resemblance to Apple‘s AirPower. Also Read - iPhone 13 to come with faster charging as compared to iPhone 12Also Read - Apple TV Plus for free: PS5 owners get six months subscription free of cost
The patent application, titled ‘Charging Apparatus and Method for Controlling Wireless Charging’, describes the mat which is suitable for all devices which conform to the Qi standard of wireless charging as it supports both inductive and resonant charging modes. Akin to AirPower, the purported Samsung wireless charging mat will support simultaneous charging of multiple devices. Also Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
“The power transmitting unit may include two induction coils in the magnetic induction method and a resonance coil in the magnetic resonance method. The first and second induction coils are intended to wirelessly supply power to the electronic device to be charged by the magnetic induction method, and the resonance coil is intended to wirelessly supply power to the electronic device to be charged by the magnetic resonance method,” the patent explains.
The application goes on to describe how the charging mat could also feature indicative LED lights. For example, if the phone or wearable device is fully charged, the mat may emit a green light through the LED, and if the electronic device is not in the fully charged state, it may emit a red light. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S9 patent hints at a fingerprint sensor on the front
Apple AirPower, which is sold as a separate accessory, supports the newest iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, AirPods, as well as the Apple Watch. At the time of launch, Apple said it is in talks with Qi to incorporate the standard in the AirPower mat, which will also feature fast charging for all the devices connected to it. As of now, it uses a modified version of the standard to charge the Apple Watch.
It is worth mentioning that patents are no indication of the technology translating into a real product. Companies often file patents as part of their larger research work. However, given the growing stress on reducing the number of cables end user has to deal with, be it charging cables or earphone cables, it becomes a mandate for manufacturers to start building improved and efficient hardware which support wireless charging. ALSO READ: Apple, Samsung to head back to court in patent case