Having a non-replaceable battery on your smartphone or tablet is bad enough when it takes hours to recharge, like in the case of the third-generation iPad, which took a crazy 7 hours to return to a usable state. Still, if products could recharge in decent times, like say, an hour, then not being able to replace your battery wouldn’t be so bad, and specially at times when the Snapdragon 800 processor makes sure the device will go longer.
Such is the case of Sony’s future Xperia smartphones. Sony’s new invention, which is based on a forthcoming version of the Qi standard, promises to bring 10-to-15 watts of energy to your device, and reduce charging times dramatically. Normally this would cause any phone to overheat and even make you call 911 when things go bad, but chip and power company Rohm seems to have already figured this out with their contribution to Sony’s product.
The sad news is that we apparently won’t see this on Sony smartphones until the second half of 2014, which is rather unfortunate since Sony’s high-end Xperia launch usually happens at the beginning of the year. Let’s hope that they somehow figure out how to make it backwards compatible.