In the past, Samsung has been criticized, warranted or not, for copying Apple’s designs and features. These days, Samsung may be accused of settings its eyes on the smartphone market’s new #2. From the triple cameras to the dock-less desktop mode, Samsung may be seen as trying to catch up to Huawei’s rising popularity. The latest leaked feature for the upcoming Galaxy S10 definitely isn’t doing it any favors, as it will be seen as copying the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s reverse wireless charging feature, whether it makes sense or not.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is an extremely powerful phone packed with plenty of features. Some, however, feel like they’ve been added just for the sake of having new features, like reverse wireless charging. Not only is it slower than any other available charging method, it also requires phones to either precariously lie on top of each other or, as some Huawei marketing suggests, let owners romantically touch their phones together.
For some reason, Samsung is reported to be eying the same feature and naming it “Powershare”. Details are still scarce at this point, but it will most likely involve some variation of its proprietary fast wireless charging technology. Like Huawei, it could also advertise it as a way to charge not just other phones but also its accessories, like Gear S smartwatches.
If Huawei and Samsung are doing it, there’s a higher chance that others will follow suit. It could simply be a sleight of hand, distracting consumers from the fact that wireless charging is still slower than wired. And lest users forget, those new USB-C ports on their phone’s bottoms are also capable of charging other devices in a safer, stabler, and more reliable way.