A few weeks ago Samsung announced its intention to increase focus on its selection of mid-range Galaxy A handsets, with mobile chief DJ Koh promising new technology would hit these phones before the flagship Galaxy S range. Apparently this was to offer innovation to the price-conscious millennial market, who don't have £1,000 to spend on a phone. The company is taking things a step further today, with a report claiming that mid-range handsets will get wireless charging.
It's not been very long since Koh made the initial promises, but we've already seen Samsung do a lot to ensure people take its mid-range offerings seriously. Its first triple-lens camera phone was the mid-range Galaxy A7, and it's been suggested that the much-teased phone with four rear lenses will be the Galaxy A9 Star Pro. Now Korean site ETNews has sources claiming wireless charging is being added to new phones in both the Galaxy A and Galaxy J range, which is a big deal.
Wireless charging is nothing new, of course, but it has tended to be a feature restricted to the premium handsets. Presumably the extra cost of adding the feature made it uneconomical to add to cheaper handsets. Or at least it did. ETNews claims that Samsung now has wireless charging hardware that costs 20,000 KRW (£13.63), which means Samsung can implement the tech without having to force a steep rise in the cost of handsets themselves. And it means the more frugal phone owners won't necessarily have to plug in whenever they want to recharge.
There's no word on when we'll see wirelessly charged Galaxy A and J phones, but considering how many of them Samsung manages to pump out each year it shouldn't be that big of a wait. The Galaxy A9 Pro is set to be announced next week too, four lens camera and all, which would make it the perfect opportunity to officially launch low-cost wireless charging. Assuming, of course, there isn't so much tech jammed into that phone that there isn't room. [ETNews via Slashgear]