Samsung could finally catch up with the competition in terms of fast charging in early 2022. After years with 15 watts and in exceptional cases 25 watts, the Galaxy S22 series may finally support 65W fast charging.
Since the Galaxy Note 7 disaster with exploding batteries, the tech giant from South Korea has been particularly conservative when it comes to battery technology; the recent trend towards ever higher wattage when charging batteries has simply been ignored by Samsung.
The Chinese competition now speaks of 200 watts of fast charging – almost instant charging – in reality, at least 100 or 120 watts are possible via cable, recently the supposed Mi Mix 4 from Xiaomi was certified with 120 watts of fast charging, rumour has it that the upcoming Xiaomi flagship with the under-display camera will also charge wirelessly with 70 to 80 watts.
Samsung has mostly stayed at 15 watts to date, with the Galaxy S20 Ultra – with a separate power supply – up to 45 watts, but the Galaxy S21 Ultra was reduced to 25 watts again. Compared to most other Android OEMs, Samsung flagships charge more slowly. Even some Android midranges, such as the upcoming OnePlus Nord 2, are now charging up to 65 watts.
Only Apple and Samsung have not really participated in the race for super-fast charging. That should change at the beginning of 2022, says South Korean tipster @FrontTron.
As per tipster, Samsung Galaxy S22 series, i.e. the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 + and Galaxy S22 Ultra, may feature 65 watts fast charging.
Samsung is apparently testing this – which of course does not yet mean that it is the fast charging technology that will also create mass production. As is now common with Samsung, you will probably have to buy the appropriate 65-watt power adopter separately.
(Featured image -Concept render of Samsung Galaxy S22, credit: Let’s Go Digital)