Wireless charging on smartphones finds itself at a crossroads. We’ve already seen an early burst in popularity, and while Qi compatibility has dominated so far (as with the Zens Qi charger above), competing standards threaten to derail the whole thing; sooner or later, we’re all going to have to decide on which tech to use. Samsung, at least, sounds like it’s still looking for the right answer, and has reportedly been developing its own magnetic resonance system for use in next year’s handsets.
Samsung, in association with PowerbyProxi, has apparently been working on a system that overcomes one of the bigger annoyances of Qi inductive chargers: their need to be precisely aligned. We’ve seen some manufacturers attempt to stem that problem with additional coils, or even those that can move around, but Samsung’s effort sounds even more flexible. While maybe not a full-on long-range charger, this would still extend range enough to work through small obstacles.
The bigger question might be if this remains an add-on that goes underutilized, or if Samsung has the guts to build it right in to a future flagship. 64-bit Exynos chips, metal bodies, and now this? 2014’s looking to be a pretty interesting year for Samsung.