Wireless chargers are pretty standard at this point. You probably have a few spread throughout your house, sitting on coffee tables and kitchen counters. Maybe your car even has a built-in dock, so you don't have to fuss around with cables on the go. Real next-gen chargers are over the air, delivering power to a device without requiring it to align with a pad or stand perfectly. Motorola might not be the company you expect to bring forth a futuristic charging experience, but it's teasing some pretty impressive stuff.
Just a few days after Oppo unveiled some fancy new camera technology, the company has returned to show off its latest wireless charging gear. Like Realme before it, this magnet-based charging system is designed to take on Apple's MagSafe, with a few different form factors available for anyone looking to keep their phone powered up all day long.
Look, MagSafe is some cool stuff. A collection of interchangeable accessories that instantly clamps on with magnets, including wireless charging? Hell yeah, I'm not made of stone. It's not enough to actually make me switch to an iPhone (he said, dodging disapproving glances from his Pixel 5), but I can't deny that it's a fantastic idea. Fantastic enough that it's surprising it took this long for someone to brazenly rip it off.
Since reviving Nokia's mobile handset business, HMD Global has been a good overall steward of it — especially in making consumers aware of its phones which are almost exclusively found online. Well, the company is now about to send four types of earbuds to American shores.
Lenovo's Smart Clock series looks like something that fits right into Google's smart home lineup, and it does, despite being third-party hardware. The second generation of the Smart Clock has been leaked more than once already, but today it gets official. the design looks a lot like the original, with the biggest change being an option for an add-on wireless charger for your phone.
Forget tracking the trickle of intel from obscure sources: Lenovo has outed its Smart Clock 2 on its website without an official announcement. With a new clock comes a new design that will facilitate a new accessory that will allow you wirelessly charge other devices.
Amazon's tablets aren't meant to set the world on Fire, but they're probably some of the most popular on the planet thanks to low price tags and integration with the company's retail empire. It's been about a year and a half since the 10-inch version got an upgrade, but today Amazon is taking pre-orders for the new Fire HD 10 and Fire HD 10 Plus.
Among the Apple faithful, the "drop it anywhere" AirPower charger has a semi-mythical status, as it was announced and delayed seemingly indefinitely before being unceremoniously dumped. Rumors of compatibility and heat issues plagued its prolonged development cycle. The AirPower's "any device, any position" selling point hasn't been replicated yet, but Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is giving it another go.
Last year's OnePlus 8 Pro was the company's first model to support wireless charging, and they did it with a splash, adding support for a proprietary 30-watt "Warp" charger. According to leaks on the upcoming refresh, the 9 Pro will boost that to 50 watts, presumably speeding up the wireless charge rate even more.
Wireless charging isn't quite as convenient as it sounds. It still needs the phone to be placed in a dock or on a mat, or in the case of Apple's new MagSafe solution, basically tethered to a cable. However, Xiaomi claims to have developed a new charging technology that can wirelessly charge a phone over the air, which would truly be a game-changer.