- Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series will apparently feature reverse wireless charging.
- The so-called Powershare feature is tipped to land on all three Galaxy S10 variants.
- Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro features the tech, but it charges at a slower pace than standard charging pads.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro delivered a rather unique feature in reverse wireless charging, allowing you to wirelessly charge other gadgets with the phone. Now, it’s claimed that Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series could be next to offer the feature.
Word of Samsung’s flagship range gaining the feature came via Gizmodo UK last week, citing a source at a “major tech retailer.” The outlet added that the functionality would be called Powershare — less of a mouthful than “reverse wireless charging.”
Now, SamMobile has corroborated the news and Powershare name, saying the feature is in development for all three Galaxy S10 variants. It’s unclear how the outlet corroborated the news (it could be the same source as Gizmodo, for all we know).
What to expect from Powershare?
You’d think that a phone with reverse wireless charging needs a bigger battery, so you can donate some juice without killing your own device. But it’s unclear whether we’ll see a big step up from the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus’s 3,000mAh and 3,500mAh packs. Still, the Galaxy Note 9‘s jump to a 4,000mAh battery bodes well for an upgrade to at least one of the S10 models.
We also hope Samsung’s Powershare is faster than Huawei’s take on the technology. In our own testing, we found the Mate 20 Pro to wirelessly charge devices at a lethargic pace. In fact, Huawei’s phone wirelessly charges other devices at roughly half the speed of your regular five watt wireless charging pad.
Aside from charging your friend’s phone while out at the club, reverse wireless charging could also come in handy if you’ve got wireless earbuds or headsets. A few of these models support wireless charging (natively or via a carrying case), so reverse charging seems like a sure-fire way to keep the music going.
Do you think reverse wireless charging is a gimmick or here to stay? Give us your thoughts in the comments!