Apple’s Airpower charging mat was announced but never sold. Now the Chinese company Xiaomi has stepped into the breach and presents an Airpower clone to charge three devices at the same time.
Manufacturer Xiaomi has presented a new charging mat in China.
The pad can wirelessly charge three devices at the same time.
The charging gadget should cost the equivalent of around $ 90.
Xiaomi has presented a new charging mat. The charging pad was shown at an event. The charging mat can wirelessly supply three devices with power at the same time and without an exact placement. According to Xiaomi, the charging pad has up to 20W power per device and is equipped with 19 coils, so users can place three devices on it that support the Qi standard.
The charging mat is very reminiscent of a product that Apple presented in September 2017. The so-called Airpower was also a charging mat that should have charged up to three devices at the same time. But the charging pad never came on the market. It was crushed: “After numerous efforts, we have come to the conclusion that Airpower will not achieve our high standards,” Apple announced in a 2019 statement.
$ 90 mat
However, Xiaomi’s charging mat is not the first device reminiscent of Airpower that is now being sold. Compared to other multiple charging mats, the Xiaomi pad is cheaper. It should cost the equivalent of $ 90. It is unclear whether the pad will also be available outside of China, as Theverge.com writes.
In addition to the charging mat, the Chinese manufacturer also presented Mi series smartphones at its event. The Mi 11 Ultra has three cameras and a mini display on the back so that you can take better selfies.
Does Xiaomi build cars?
Compared to big names like Apple and Samsung, the Xiaomi brand is rather unknown in this country. But Xiaomi gained a foothold in Switzerland in August 2019 and opened a store in the Glattzentrum in Wallisellen. Now the third largest cell phone manufacturer in the world apparently also wants to build cars. This is reported by the Reuters news agency, citing three sources familiar with the matter. The e-car should arrive in 2023 at the earliest. An official activity is pending.
Xiaomi’s electric vehicles are intended to serve the mass market, the report says. The cars are to be manufactured by the Great Wall company. The company is China’s largest manufacturer of pickups, but also offers electric and smart vehicles. Together with BMW, Great Wall is currently building a factory for electric vehicles in Zhangjiagang, in eastern China. One day 160,000 vehicles will be built there annually.
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