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realme officially launches its Apple MagSafe clone
- realme has unveiled MagDart technology that effectively mimics Apple’s MagSafe.
- It can charge faster thanks to a 50W charger, although a puck charger is ‘just’ 15W.
- You can also buy a charging case, a wallet and even a photography light.
realme didn’t waste much time revealing its answer to Apple’s MagSafe. The company has introduced MagDart technology that, as the name implies, gives realme phones an equivalent to MagSafe wireless charging.
Like the approach you see for MagSafe in the iPhone 12 family, the realme approach combines a familiar inductive charging coil with a ring of magnets (in this case, boron and cobalt) to securely plant your phone on a charger or accessory. However, realme has a clear speed advantage — its 50W MagDart Charger reportedly tops up a 4,500mAh phone battery in just 54 minutes. Apple’s MagSafe is limited to ‘just’ 15W for most iPhone 12 models.
There’s a wider range of accessories, too. realme takes a not-so-subtle cue from MagSafe with a puck-like 15w MagDart Charger, a MagDart Wallet, and a MagDart Power Bank. Beyond that, though, you’ll have the option of a MagDart Case to add the feature the realme GT. There’s even a Pro Light that provides better illumination for your selfies through 60 LEDs.
The company also teased a concept phone with MagDart built-in, the Flash, although there aren’t any known launch plans.
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realme hasn’t mentioned a release date or price for any of its MagSafe lookalikes. They’re promising if you want the convenience of a magnetic wireless charger while sticking to Android. The question, however, is whether or not realme will make a large-enough commitment to a MagDart ecosystem. Apple has enjoyed some early success with MagSafe in no small part due to its consistency. MagSafe is available with every iPhone 12 variant, and the tech will likely stick around for multiple hardware generations. It’s not yet clear if realme will do the same, and that might be a problem if the company either limits MagDart to a handful of devices or drops support after one or two product cycles.