Xiaomi To Launch A Wireless Charger Power Bank Alongside The Mi 9
Xiaomi will launch its next flagship, the Mi 9 at an event on February 20 in China. The smartphone will be a successor to the Mi 8, the company’s flagship device of last year. The upcoming device is likely to see significant changes in terms of design and features over its predecessors. According to fresh reports, the Mi 9 won’t be the only new product Xiaomi will launch at the event. In addition to the flagship smartphone, the company is also to launch a power bank with wireless charging support.
History Of Wireless Charging
Wireless charging is a feature that allows devices to charge via electromagnetic induction. This allows the transfer of power without the hassles of cables and wires. Wireless charging has grown to become immensely popular in smartphones lately. The feature was first introduced with the Nokia Lumia 820 and 920 back in September 2012. Soon after that, OEM’s like LG and Samsung brought this feature to the mainstream market. In today’s day and age, the feature is more common and is generally observed in flagship smartphones. This feature can only be observed in smartphones that use glass, plastic or a ceramic back because metal does not allow electricity to pass via induction technology.
The smartphones that have this feature mostly use the Qi standard. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) was established in 2008. The WPC established the Qi standard in 2010. Some modern smartphones that make use of the Qi standard to pack wireless charging include Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9, Apple iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, LG G7 ThinQ and V40 ThinQ and the Pixel 3.
Xiaomi Wireless Charger Power Bank
While not much is known about the wireless charger power bank, the reports say that only a version with 10,000 mAh capacity may launch at the event, with a 20,000 mAh one coming later. It will be the first power bank that supports wireless charging that Xiaomi has ever made. The launch of the charger may be an indication that the Mi 9 will support wireless charging. However, Xiaomi is not the first company to make a power bank with wireless charging support. Companies like Mophie and Haier have already released power banks capable of wireless charging.
A differentiating factor in the Xiaomi Wireless charger power bank is expected to be fast, wireless charging. The device may also feature a USB Type-C port as an alternate way to charge.