The Qi2 (pronounced ‘chee two’) charging standard was announced earlier this year by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). It succeeds the Qi wireless charging standard, similar to Apple’s MagSafe technology, which debuted with the iPhone 12 and uses comparable coils to wireless charging and magnet systems. WPC claimed that the goal is to develop a single, integrated system that is expected to work with both iOS and Android devices. However, it includes a new feature called Magnetic Power Profile, which guarantees that phones and other devices are precisely positioned for optimal charging efficiency and speed. It is also expected to ensure brand compatibility for certified devices.
Reportedly “completing” the first Qi2 production certification tests, According To WPC. This indicates that the first Qi2 charging devices, which is expected to serve as the formal launch of the technology, will be available very soon. Anker, Belkin and other supporting brands will be among the first brands to launch Qi2 charging technology products. WPC said there are more than 100 devices currently undergoing Qi2 testing or waiting to be certified.
According to the press release, one of the first smartphone models to use the new wireless charging technology will be the iPhone 15 series. As of now, we only know about the charger and battery pack as Qi2 products, except for the iPhone 15 series smartphones. It is also unclear whether older MagSafe-supported iPhones are compatible with this standard.
It is also speculated that the upcoming Google Pixel lineup, i.e. the Google Pixel 9 series, could be one of the first Android phones to adopt Qi2 wireless charging technology. a wpc blog post, spotted Google’s senior hardware engineer Liu Yang has been welcomed as one of the consortium’s board members, by The Verge. According to LinkedIn, Yang has been working on a wireless charging system for Pixel handsets since 2017 profile, WPC claims that Yang is currently in charge of the research and development of the next generation wireless charging technologies of the upcoming Pixel products, hinting that the successor to the Pixel 8 smartphone may come with Qi2 wireless charging support.
In addition to improved security features to prevent device damage and decreased battery life, the Qi2 platform supports 15W charging and has foreign object detection capabilities. The WPC states that any item that adopts the new Qi v2.0 Extended Power Profile (EPP) but does not adopt magnets will not display the new Qi2 symbol, so the inclusion of magnets will also be of most concern to consumers. There will be change worth giving.
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