We already know that Samsung is putting plenty of effort into the upcoming Galaxy S10; not only is the Korean company releasing three initial versions of the handset, but it is also producing a 5G model for some parts of the world. There are even rumours that the firm’s long-awaited folding phone may somehow be part of the S10 lineup, making it one of the most important releases in the history of the Galaxy S line. It’s clear that Samsung isn’t pulling any punches in its battle against Apple’s iPhone.
We’re now hearing another rumour that could make the Galaxy S10 even more appealing than the leaks suggest. What appears to be a piece of Korean promotional material posted on Samsung’s community forums shows a battery symbol with an outward-facing arrow – which some have taken to mean that the phone will support ‘reverse’ charging, something that is already available on Huawei’s popular Mate 20 Pro.
If you’re not familiar with the concept, reverse charging basically means your phone can act like a wireless charging plate and top-up the batteries of other devices which support wireless charging. On the Mate 20 Pro the feature was warmly received, even though the charging speed does leave a little to be desired. The other drawback is that the S10’s juice will also be depleted, but we can imagine it will come in useful for some.
If this is indeed something that is coming to the Galaxy S10 range, it’s fair to question exactly which models will be getting it. The cheaper Galaxy S10 Lite, for example, is rumoured to lack the in-screen fingerprint scanner seen on the standard S10 and S10 Plus. It would be reasonable to assume, then, that the Lite will also lack reverse charging, given its budget stylings.
We won’t know for sure until February 20th, when Samsung officially lifts the lid on the entire Galaxy S10 range, alongside its legendary folding handset. Will Samsung have any other tricks up its sleeve for the S10 range, or have we seen everything it has to offer before it’s even unveiled? That remains to be seen, but one thing is clear – the good ship Samsung is pretty leaky right now.