By Stephen Schenck | March 21, 2012 1:51 AM
All the talk about smartphone power consumption and struggles with battery capacity can be boiled-down to one simple truth: we just want our phones to stay powered, all the time. Obviously, that’s not going to happen without some game-changing new power source, but in the meantime we endeavor to make phones last as long as possible, and make re-charge cycles as quick and easy as can be. The latter can really help at creating the feeling of a phone where you never have to worry about charging it, especially if you’re not always plugging it in.
Wireless charging technologies currently let us drop a phone on an inductive power pad, but the close-range nature of the technology doesn’t make it that much more useful from, say, charging a phone in a desktop dock. A new rumor claims that a much more impressive version of wireless charging is about to arrive, and we’ll be seeing it on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III.
Unlike the short-range inductive chargers of today, the system Samsung is supposed to have been developing would power phones from as far as one to two meters away from the charger. Suddenly, you no longer have to take a specific action to begin charging your phone, and just having it anywhere near your desk automatically charges it. Now, we haven’t heard any official word about the capabilities or limitations of this technology, so it would be premature to get too worked-up, but it sounds chock full of potential, and if it’s true it will give us one more reason to be excited for the Galaxy S III.