Realme is working on a magnetic wireless charging system for its Android phones, as TechAlet24 reported last week, and the company has now revealed a full range of products that will use the new technology. The system is known as MagDart by Realme, and it’s essentially a more powerful version of Apple’s MagSafe system for the iPhone 12 series of phones.
The 50W MagDart charger, which Realme claims are the world’s fastest magnetic wireless charger, is the star of the show. It has an unavoidably bulky cuboid design to accommodate a cooling fan, but Realme is betting that users will accept this tradeoff in exchange for faster-charging speeds.
Realme claims that when plugged into the company’s 65W SuperDart wired charger, the MagDart charger will charge a 4,500mAh phone battery to 100% in 54 minutes. That’s almost as quick as the 50W wired charger from Realme.
If you don’t want to have to plug a charging brick into a charging brick, Realme is working on a 15W MagDart charger that looks similar to Apple’s MagSafe puck but is 26.4 percent thinner and claims faster-charging speeds. According to Realme, it can charge a 4,500mAh battery in 90 minutes, which is significantly faster than Apple’s own 15W option.
Aside from the convenience of wireless charging, a magnetic design like MagDart and MagSafe opens up the possibility of slick portless accessories, and Realme has a slew of them.
- The MagDart 2-in-1 Power Bank is similar to Apple’s recently released MagSafe Battery Pack, but it includes a dock that allows you to use the battery as a phone stand.
- The MagDart Case is a carbon fiber-style case with a passthrough USB-C port and headphone jack, as well as built-in MagDart connectivity, for the new Realme GT flagship phone.
- The MagDart Wallet is a three-card sleeve that looks a lot like Apple’s MagSafe wallet. This one, however, has a kickstand.
- The MagDart Beauty Light, a selfie-friendly flip-up ring light powered by reverse wireless charging, is perhaps the best of them all. It has 60 mini LEDs and a dedicated control button for changing brightness and color temperature settings.
Realme hasn’t announced a release date or price for any of these products, and the Realme GT is the only phone that has been confirmed to work with a MagDart device — and that’s only if you buy the dedicated case. Realme is demonstrating the ecosystem with the Realme Flash, a “concept phone” that includes MagDart directly built-in and is shown in the images above, but there are no plans to release it just yet.
For what is ostensibly the launch of a major new ecosystem of products, that’s a pretty big catch. However, if Realme incorporates MagDart into future phones, it could be a significant differentiator. Wireless charging is one of the most common omissions from Chinese phones with otherwise impressive spec sheets — Oppo was one of the first to adopt the technology, and Vivo has yet to follow suit. And, given that Oppo’s VOOC fast-charging system was ported to OnePlus and Realme phones thanks to the companies’ shared ownership and supply chain, it’s possible that MagDart will follow suit.
Source: The Verge