Wireless charging has yet to reach its prime. This is partly because the technology isn’t widespread enough, but it also has something to do with the slow charging times often associated with the standard. Sony is hoping to change that with a new take on the idea that could mean a full charge for your smartphone in less than an hour.
The company has based their latest advancement on the most recent Qi protocols, so it theoretically should operate using the same (or similar) equipment to what is already available. While it won’t be a completely new method or standard, it will transfer power at a rate of 10 to 15 watts, which is quite the boost from what is currently available.
Unfortunately the new method is still in the development phases. We won’t be seeing it in a smartphone until at least the second half of 2014. Still, it’s one more reason we hope Sony eventually makes a bigger push in markets outside of Japan and Europe.