Android smartphone makers have been looking for an alternative to Apple’s MagSafe charging technology unveiled last year. Chinese smartphone maker Realme had showcased the MagDart technology recently, which works in much the same way, and now its sister concern Oppo has unveiled its Oppo MagVOOC technology. The company demoed the new magnetic fast charging technology during the Smart China Expo 2021, which was held at Chongqing in China this week. The new charging tech is meant for fast charging, in-car connectivity and more, and will be built into multiple devices and accessories.
“OPPO is steadily accomplishing our strategic deployment in the field of IoT and broader areas concerning Internet of Experience, aiming to empower customers in a variety of scenarios.” said Henry Duan, Vice President and President of Smartphone Product at OPPO. “With the new magnetic flash charging and in-car connectivity technologies, we are doing our best to enhance customer experiences in every aspect,” he added.
The company said that the MagVOOC series will include a wireless power bank, which uses a magnetic alignment system to ensure precise alignment between phone and charger. That sounds a lot like Apple’s MagSafe battery case, though this will likely not be a case for Oppo devices. There’s also the MagVOOC ultra-thin flash charger, which is a thinner charger than earlier, while the MagVOOC Wireless flash charging stand will be more like the Pixel Stand and other wireless charging stands that you can place your phone on.
The company says that the wireless flash charging stand will help users save up to 60% of preparation time as compared to wired charging. Which just sounds like a fancy way of saying that you won’t have to repeatedly look for a power socket to plug your charging adapter into.
Further, the company also announced some features for in-case connectivity, including features for remote vehicle control and a digital car key that will work on the Oppo Find X3 and the Oppo Watch 2. The in-car flash charge tech was also demoed.
According to Oppo, the company said users will have to use an app in order to remotely turn on air conditioning on their car, sound the horn and more. That’s similar to in-car connectivity apps that many automakers have built already, and gives Oppo a change to strike deals with other firms. In-car charging will support 65W VOOC USB flash charge and 40W VOOC wireless flash charging.
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