Nubia Z40 Pro becomes the first Android to feature MagSafe-like charging technology
Finally, Android’s chance to play with magnets
Nubia has done its best to mark the world of smartphones apart from its close relationship with ZTE. Since then, it’s been the RedMagic gaming phone series that’s managed to take off, but there’s also been a lot of innovation coming from the company’s core devices. With the freshly launched Nubia Z40 Pro Gravity Editionwe get Apple-style magnetic charging on Android.
Magnetic wireless charging on smartphones first became mainstream with the MagSafe charger introduced by Apple with the iPhone 12. It locks onto the device, ensuring proper alignment and maximizing charging speeds. More importantly, you hear that satisfaction Click on when you stick the iPhone and the MagSafe together, which, let’s agree, is the best part of the magnets.
The Nubia Z40 Pro uses an extremely similar iteration of this technology, giving it novelty status that might appeal to some users (via GSM Arena). That said, it doesn’t give you any advantage over other wireless charging technologies. Nubia also left its wattage unspecified, so you shouldn’t expect it to be the fastest in the industry. Of course, it’s hard to worry about speeds with 66W wired fast charging available as an alternative.
Nubia is far from the first Android manufacturer to use magnets for charging. LG also experimented a few years ago with charging adapters for its dual-screen attachments, which, while unique, weren’t technically wireless. On the other hand, Nubia has provided an actual answer to Apple’s MagSafe – although it hasn’t decided on a fancy name yet.
Along with charging, the Nubia Z40 Pro comes with another industry first: a 64MP Sony IMX787 sensor topped with a 35mm equivalent lens, one of three cameras on the rear. The phone also features Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, so expect top-notch responsiveness and gaming performance.
Unfortunately, magnetic wireless charging is limited to the “Gravity Edition” of the Z40 Pro. The variant also packs a smaller 4,600mAh battery compared to the standard Z40 Pro’s 5,000mAh unit. Both models are exclusive to China, starting at CNY 3,400, or around $540.
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