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Apple AirPods Update Overshadowed By New iPhone

23 September 2017, 01:41 | Denise Dawson

The new Boost↑Up Wireless Charging Pad for the upcoming iPhones charges at up to 7.5W for compatible devices


Xiaomi Company is expected to bring the wireless charging in its upcoming flagship Xiaomi Mi 7 smartphone.

Although the other possible scenario if the pricing rumor above is incorrect is that Apple sells the wireless charging version of the AirPods for a premium and continues selling the current gen version for less. The 2017 iPhone models all support wireless charging for the first time, and apparently the next Xiaomi flagship model will too. The website of the consortium shows the company as one of the 243 members.

Wireless Power Consortium was formed back in 2008 and its sole goal is to promote wide market adoption of the Qi wireless charging technology.

After Apple unveiled its iPhone X with Qi wireless charging, other manufacturers, especially the Chinese, made a decision to do exactly the same thing.

The Boost↑Up Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone 8/8 Plus  X
The Boost↑Up Wireless Charging Pad for iPhone 8/8 Plus X

In terms of hardware, the Xiaomi Mi 7 may be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (unannounced) along with two RAM variants i.e. 6GB and 8GB RAM.

The new iPhone specific charging pad joins Belkin's 15W Boost↑Up Wireless Charging Pad in the company's stable of wireless charging options. The phone has a dual feature camera and a ceramic design finish seen on the Xiaomi Mi 6 smartphone.

The timing of the buzzworthy new publicity campaign is clearly not coincidental, though if iPhone 8 demand is indeed substantially held back by the iPhone X shadow, maybe IKEA would have been better off shelving the marketing operation until early November. Whether the Mi 7 will have wireless charging or not is yet to be seen, and chances of next year's Mi Mix 3 having wireless charging is a possibility as well, since the Mi Mix 3 will be a more globally targeted device, just like the Mi Mix 2.

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