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Future Sony phones could charge wirelessly in just one hour

Inductive charging can be a useful feature on smartphones and tablets, but it's often much slower than the wire-based alternative. That's an issue Sony's looking to address in its future devices' according to a report from Japan's Nikei. The outlet says Sony, together with electronics supplier Rohm Co., has developed wireless charging technology using between 10 and 15 watts and supplies twice the energy of earlier wireless chargers. The end result, it's said, is double the charging speed, meaning a smartphone can be fully charged, wirelessly, in just one hour.

The new technique is based on specs currently being finalized for inclusion in the Qi wireless charging standard, Nikei reports, and new control chips from Rohm will be used to reduce heat output, preventing the new tech from melting phones as it charges.

Commercialization of  the new tech is expected to begin in the second half of 2014, meaning we could see it in Sony smartphones and other devices before the end of next year.

Source: Nikkei; via: Engadget

 

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Sony looks to accelerate wireless charging in 2014

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How long will the battery last after being charged wirelessly vs. being charged by wire? Maybe it's just the one or two phones I've had with this feature, but they don't seem to last as long if charged wirelessly.

Bs. I have done both a full tank is a full tank.

The tank doesn't change

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I have a nexus 4 and I charge it wireless everyday and the battery seems to last just as long as if I charge it with the micro USB

same here, brother... if anyone remember ronco rotisserie's slogan "You set it aaand.. forget it!!" is the right thing to say about this qi chargers... however, i do have to put a cover for my nexus 4 so it doesn't slide from the orb (the phone will slides off the orb caseless, and no cure for it!!). and some cases that work, wont release the heat on time, so my n4 would finish charging at 87 - 90% (sometimes less during summer time), and then went on and off charging rapidly, stays on the same %. so far i only find 1 great nexus 4 case for wireless charging (went all the way to 100% without overheating problem and not sliding off, of course), which I really like, fortunately, or i'd be pissed for having paid $70 for a useless brick

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Wireless charging is great. Hopefully they mail the "not melting the phone" part the first time.

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if sony gets this down, this would be awesome to implement in future playstation controllers. charges as you play. amazing.

"Nikei reports, and new control chips from Rohm will be used to reduce heat output, preventing the new tech from melting phones as it charges."

I hate it when that happens.

Haha...yes hopefully the chips will be effective. Given the propensity for wireless chargers to heat up the phone as is, my first thought was the image of a phone melted to the charging pad! And a destroyed battery.

I'll gladly trade a charger that is easier on my battery (extending its life) than one that charges it quickly.

Does this mean this technology will be implemented in the Qi standard? Or only in Sony phones?

I only care about the nexus

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IT FUCKING SAYS IT RIGHT IN THE ARTICLE! JESUS FUCKING CHRIST READ NEXT TIME..

"The new technique is based on specs currently being finalized for inclusion in the Qi wireless charging standard"

Just joshin.. Can't wait for this.. I still have yet to get a Qi charger!! Maybe I'll treat myself this year for Christ-Mas.

Did anybody else else read the partner name and think Ronco, as in Ron Popeiel? "I'm telling you people, it's like giving away energy...for free..."

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