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Samsung is about to release a new monitor capable of charging your smartphone and other devices without wires. It is the first monitor with wireless charging capabilities.
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Samsung’s new monitor uses Qi wireless charging standard
The new SE370 monitor will be available in 23.6-inch and 27-inch formats, and will be capable of charging smartphones compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard. Qi was deeloped by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), and is used in smartphones manufactured by Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and Huawei.
Place your smartphone on the stand of the monitor and an LED will light up telling you charging is underway. Aside from its charging capabilities, the monitor features a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a special game mode which adds richer black hues to optimize video games. Samsung claims that the screen will not be affected by stutter or lag, and has a 4 millisecond response time.
The SE370 also features an eye-saver mode designed to reduce eye strain and sleep problems by emitting less blue light, and is compatible with Mac OS X and Windows 10.
No information was released regarding pricing or availability, and Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for more details.
Wireless charging becoming more common
Earlier this year Samsung released a wireless charging pad compatible with its flagship Galaxy S6 and GS6 Edge flagship smartphones. Both models support Qi and the rival Power Matters Alliance (PMA) standards.
A new version of Qi was announced last month which means manufacturers are now able to offer faster wireless power charging capabilities than before. Qi has also made progress outside of the tech industry; in April, Ikea launched a furniture collection featuring built-in Qi-enabled wireless chargers.
The wireless charging sector used to be a three-way battle between Qi, PMA and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), however the latter pair announced a merger earlier this year. A new name has not yet been decided.
Samsung and Qi look set to have a productive relationship bringing wireless charging to a larger market. It makes perfect sense for static technology such as monitors to have the capability built in, rather than buying a custom-built charging pad.