Samsung SE370 Samsung SE370 Samsung's new wireless smartphone charging monitor will support phones that use either the Qi or Powermat charging standard. (Photo: Samsung)

Samsung's new monitor will help you cut the cord on phone charging

Company unveils the world's first computer monitor with built-in wireless charging for Samsung, HTC and Sony smartphones.

Ever hear someone declare they wish they had one more cord to carry around? The logical answer to that question is what's driving innovation and investment in the burdgeoning industry of wireless charging.

Whereas only a year ago you needed a cable to charge your phone, everything from Starbucks coffee houses to Cadillac sedans and SUVs now offer wireless charging options for customers. The latest, from electronics giant Samsung, aims to bring this next step in cord-cutting to the home office.

The South Korea-based company has unveiled a new computer monitor called the SE370 that features a built-in wireless charging point in the stand of the monitor. All you have to do is place your compatible smartphone on the stand and it will automatically begin charging its battery.

This technology – the same used by Starbucks, Cadillac, General Motors, Duracell and IKEA in its wireless charging products – comes courtesy of Powermat. The Israeli company, a major player in wireless charging, announced earlier this year a partnership with Samsung that would embed its innovative technology in all future devices, including the recently released Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone.

“Technology should support, not interfere with, active lifestyles," Samsung's Seok-gi Kim said in a statement. "Our customers increasingly rely on mobile devices to obtain information and interact with others; so by doing away with the clutter on their desks, we are helping them to use their mobile devices in a smarter way."

Right now, you're probably thinking, "Wonderful! But can my phone take advantage of this cool new technology?" To answer that question, it's important to know that there are currently two different kinds of wireless charging – one called Qi (a standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium) and the other from Powermat. The good news is that Samsung's new monitor supports both standards – so even Qi-enabled phones from Google, Motorola, Nokia, Sony, and HTC will work. If you're still wondering, this extensive list of phones that currently support wireless charging will likely help answer the question.

As for Apple, while the tech giant has yet to release an iPhone with wireless charging built in, those owners interested can purchase a $10 Powermat accessory that allows the devices to be compatible. It's not the sexiest option, but for those tired of the charging tether, it's your best bet for cutting the cord.


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