Samsung Galaxy phones could feature superfast charging in the future

A patent filed by Samsung suggests superfast charging could join the spec sheet for their handsets

Samsung Galaxy S23 Android phone
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Samsung is a massive name in the world of phones. But even the best Samsung phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, lack in one area. After issues (opens in new tab) with batteries in the past, Samsung have erred on the side of caution when it comes to their battery tech.

That's why we see their latest flagships, like the Samsung Galaxy S22, top out at 25W charging. You may be able to get the Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus, or the S22 Ultra to 45W.

It's only once you look at the competitors to the S22 range that you realise how poor those numbers are. The Redmi Note 12 Discovery Edition was recently released with a 210W HyperCharge function. The Xiaomi 12 Pro features 120W charging, which they claim can fully replenish a battery in just 18 minutes. The OnePlus 10 Pro and the Oppo Find X5 Pro both clock in at 80W. You get the idea.

But a new trademark (opens in new tab) application has led to suggestions that future Samsung handsets may buck this trend. The application shows a request to trademark the term "Samsung Superfast Portable Power" and was filed under the classification of "battery chargers for mobile devices; battery packs for mobile devices."

That certainly sounds more like a portable charger than a phone upgrade. However, it wouldn't be unthinkable for Samsung to boost the charging speed of their handsets at the same time, particularly if the two devices are designed to be compatible.

It would be a welcome boost, too. Samsung's current charging is fine, but it doesn't stack up especially well. Add that to controversies surrounding the host of phones with better cameras on the market, and you start to question if the Samsung is your best choice.

We'll have to wait and see what comes from the trademark application. One thing is certain, though – it's unlikely to have any bearing on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 release, which is slated for early 2023.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at T3.com, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.