Oh, Intel. First, you have a partner release a Gingerbread Intel-powered phone a solid 8 months after Android 4.0 has been out. Now, you demo a brand-new wireless charging system using an Intel Ultrabook and a Samsung Fascinate (for our foreign readers, this is a US-only Galaxy S variant). Check out the video from TheVerge, below:

Not only are they using a truly ancient Android phone to demo this new technology, they've actually made it uglier, too, with an odd "hump" of sorts maligning the left-hand-side of the device. Merits of the concept aside, you've got to admit, Intel isn't exactly winning a lot of points on first impressions here.

But in all fairness, the idea itself is cool. Bumping your smartphone up against your laptop (which many of us, myself included, already do by habit) to charge it is ridiculously simple and intuitive. I'd definitely prefer this over some inductive-pad system that takes up space on my desk, because really, is there something so horridly wrong about using a wall charger with, gasp, a cable when you're at home?

This, on the other hand, solves a real problem - pulling out a USB cable to charge your smartphone while you're on a laptop is cumbersome, annoying, and makes you look a bit nerdy if I do say so myself. If you have a laptop with decent battery life, this can allow you to be truly wire-free on the go. If they can integrate this into the internal guts of smartphones without the awkward hump, I'm definitely on board.

Of course, like many technologies demoed by companies at trade shows, this could just end up as "Abandoned Tech Demo #8795274823" in Intel's warehouse of broken dreams. Still, here's to hoping something comes of this experiment.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    I think the thing to consider here is that they may have started working on this when the fascinate was new.   I doubt they slapped it together in a week and didn't want to keep re-designing the interface just so a tech demo could be shown on a new phone.  If this catches on they should add it to keyboards as well so that when I am sitting at my desk i can put my phone next to my keyboard, which it already usually is and then let it charge.

  • Paul_Werner

    I saw it as being pretty awesome that they would design something that even older tech can use instead of forcing you to buy a new phone for this. 

    • Heartbraden

      Exactly!  This is also how I saw it.  It's not just technology that can be implemented into next-gen phones, but it can even go on older phones and make them work as well.  That's a pretty great idea, in my opinion.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Maybe that's why they chose and old phone to demo it.

  • wolfkabal

    Not sure where the "wireless" is needed here. Seems like it still needs to be in contact with something. So why not simply put pogo pins on it or something?

    • ssj4Gogeta

      I think the point is that you don't have to perfectly align it. Just like on an induction charging pad.

      • wolfkabal

        Perhaps, but it seems like a couple of low powered magnets on each would also solve that. I applaud the technology. It just seems like a extremely high tech solution, to a rather low tech problem.

  • http://twitter.com/MeCampbell30 Matt

    Functionality first, form later. 

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  • William Huston

    This is
    a good article. I buy my cellphone accessories

  • Robbie Amburgey

    My Fascinate might be 2 years old, but once rooted and flashed with an ICS rom, is faster and more customizable than a GNex. This is a cool tech demo, regardless of the phone being used in it.

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

       Since when are single core 1ghz devices faster than dual core 1.2 ghz devices?
      Just wondering.

      • Robbie Amburgey

         Since I compared mine to a friend's stock GNex. Side by side, same network.

        All I'm saying is you don't have to write off older tech just because it's older. Stock, the phone sucks. Totally. Spend a little time fixing one up, though, and it's still a very capable device. You don't have to have the OMG NEWEST all the time.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          There is no way your phone will be snappier than the gnex in everyday use, loaded with the same apps. It sounds like you are talking about network speeds, on which case you are talking about WiFi, because the Nexus would demolish the Fascinate on LTE.

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  • Daniel Bentley

    It'll end up patented instead of being published as an open standard, so no one will ever be able to implement it except Intel and the technology will vanish within months of the first few devices sporting it.

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_BG Dave Bg

    I also have this phone and would like to ave this charger!

  • Slighter

    oh no not a hump that'll ruin the cut of my skinny jeans.
    How old are you? who cares what i t looks like if it works?