iPhone 15 said to beat Samsung Galaxy S24 in one key area

Something appears to be missing from all the leaked Samsung Galaxy S24 specifications including the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

A leaked image of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra showing a lizard on screen
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With just days to go before the Samsung Galaxy S24 launch, pretty much everything about Samsung's flagship appears to have leaked – but there's one thing missing from the specification compared to the iPhone 15 Pro. 

We're expecting the Galaxy S24 to have 25W wired charging for the standard model, with the Samsung Galaxy S24 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Ultra getting 45W wired. And all three models are expected to come with 15W wireless charging. But so far, not a single leak has mentioned or predicted that any Galaxy S24 will support the next generation of wireless charging, Qi2. And that's unusual, because while Samsung usually leads Apple in terms of wireless charging support the iPhone 15 has Qi2 and it appears that the Samsung Galaxy S24 does not. 

What is Qi2 and why does it matter?

Qi2, pronounced "chee two", is the next generation of the Qi wireless charging standard. Qi is absolutely everywhere, and Qi2 promises to make it even better by delivering faster and more efficient charging via its precise magnetic connectors. It shares a lot with Apple's proprietary MagSafe, which may explain why Apple has it and Samsung doesn't appear to: making MagSafe in the iPhone 15 work with Qi2 is a much simpler job than adding it to a phone that doesn't have it.

There's no doubt that Qi2 is coming to the best Android phones: Samsung, along with a who's who of tech firms, has pledged its support for the standard. But unless the rumours and leaks have missed the detail from the Samsung Galaxy S24 specifications, it looks like the standard's relatively recent arrival – it was only launched in late 2024 – means it was too late for Samsung to get it into the S24 range, because of course phones go into mass production quite some time before the official launch, let alone the on-sale date.

The absence of Qi2 is hardly a big deal when you look at the rest of the Samsung Galaxy S24 specs, and the existing wireless charging support is already very good. But you can expect it to get better in the Samsung Galaxy S25 next year – by which time Qi2 should be well established and with a huge choice of available hardware that supports it.

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com).