April 15, 2024

What will be the first Android phone with Qi2?

As CES 2024 begins this week, we look back at one of the biggest announcements from last year. The new Qi2 standard was announced last January with support for MagSafe as a universal standard, but we haven’t heard much about support for Qi2 on new Android phones. Which will be the first?

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The Qi2 standard evolves wireless charging by not focusing on speed, but on ease of use and efficiency, the first being the reason why someone uses this technology in the first place. Qi2 standardizes the ring of magnets that Apple has been using in its iPhone series for the past few years under the repurposed MagSafe brand. The idea has already arrived on Android through cases and other accessories, but there is quite a bit of inconsistency.

Qi2 was finalized a few months ago, with the first batch of new accessories already on their way to the market, and Apple’s iPhone 15 series was the first set of smartphones to officially support Qi2. Apple has also rolled out Qi2 support for older MagSafe iPhones.

But there are no Android phones with Qi2 yet.

This is actually not a big surprise, since the standard was fair recently completed. Even if a brand was particularly eager to adopt the next standard, it would be almost impossible to launch a phone very quickly with Qi2 given the timing. The OnePlus 12 launched without support and the next real opportunity is Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series. But realistically, Qi2 probably It will not be available on those devices either. And if it came, we would probably have known about it by now given the absolute mountain of leaks that have emerged in recent weeks.

So what will be the first new Android phone with Qi2? Really, it’s hard to say for sure. Technically speaking, we may not see any new devices adopting the standard this year, but the popularity of Apple’s MagSafe ecosystem is certainly an incentive to work on support.

Right now, the most likely candidate is Google’s Pixel 9 series. There’s already limited evidence to suggest this could happen, and Google’s October launch window is quite timely for adoption.

Technically, Samsung’s next batch of Galaxy foldable devices would also be timely for this, but foldable devices are already quite complex, so adding a new standard on short notice also seems unlikely. Motorola’s flagship Edge launched in spring 2023, so the same schedule will likely apply this year as well, which is probably too soon. The Asus Zenfone series could also be a good bet, as the company’s summer launch window could be enough, but that’s assuming we get a new Zenfone in the first place. OnePlus’ attitude towards wireless charging also doesn’t instill confidence that the company will quickly adopt Qi2, so I wouldn’t expect anything in a OnePlus Open sequel either.

Before LG threw in the towel, I would have expected the company to be the first to adopt Qi2 on an Android phone. Seems like exactly the kind of play they would have made.

But in reality, 2024 probably won’t be the year of MagSafe on Android. Qi2 is coming, but we already know if it will land on any smartphones that come out in the near future. If the new standard is a reason you want to upgrade, I wouldn’t hold your breath.

Still, the fact that this is happening is still incredibly exciting and I think it will be worth the wait.

What do you think will be the first Android phone with Qi2?

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