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Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 will let you charge other devices by setting them on the phone

It might be a bit gimmicky, but it is definitely cool.

Samsung wireless charging on galaxy s10
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The Samsung Unpacked event today was host to plenty of exciting news in the mobile space, from folding phones to 5G phones, but one of the more unique things to come out of the event today was the inclusion of in-phone wireless charging with the Samsung Galaxy S10.

To make this happen, each model of the Galaxy S10 features something called Wireless PowerShare. With this feature, you can charge any QI-enabled device (yes, even iPhones) by setting it down on the glass back of your Galaxy S10.

Here’s how to enable the new feature

Using the feature is as simple as can be, here’s how it’s done:

  1. Navigate to the settings panel by swiping down on your device
  2. Turn on the Wireless PowerShare feature by tapping on the icon
  3. Put your phone face down on a flat surface
  4. Set another Qi-enabled device on it and away you go

That’s all that is required to use the new feature on Samsung’s new flagship phone. It should also be noted that the S10 will not let its own battery dip below 30% while charging another device, which is definitely a nice feature to include.

It will not be the perfect solution at all times, as it essentially makes your phone useless while it charges other devices, if you find yourself in a pinch it could be a nice way to charge another phone or one of your various wearables – like Samsung’s new wireless earbuds and smartwatches, that were also announced at Unpacked.

What do you think? Is it a nice feature to have or is it just a gimmick? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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