The Galaxy S9 will retain the wireless charging capabilities of Samsung’s recent Android flagships, as suggested by a new leak depicting what’s said to be the smartphone’s middle frame. The image that can be seen above clearly shows a cutout meant for a wireless charging coil, giving more credence to numerous reports claiming the wire-free charging-enabled all-glass design of the Galaxy S8 lineup will be making a return with the Galaxy S9 series. Samsung’s premium devices have allowed for both Qi and PMA wireless charging for several years now, with the company being one of the largest supporters of such solutions, at least in the consumer electronics segment.
It’s currently unclear whether Samsung is planning on revising its portfolio of wireless chargers with the release of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus but even if it isn’t, most insiders agree the company will implement that functionality into its second-generation Desktop Experience (DeX) platform. Unlike the original Samsung DeX which was designed as a traditional station meant to house the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, and the Galaxy Note 8 in a straight-up position, with the phones themselves sitting on a male USB Type-C connector, Samsung’s new take on a phone-to-PC solution is said to be marketed as the DeX Pad and designed in accordance with that moniker. If consumers would be required to fiddle with an additional wire to compensate for the fact their phones are meant to rest on the DeX Pad, Samsung would deliver a solution that’s slightly less intuitive to use than the original DeX station, which isn’t a likely possibility. Instead, some insiders claim the DeX Pad will boast wireless charging capabilities and exchange data with a compatible Samsung flagship via Bluetooth, whereas other accessories like monitors, keyboards, and mouses will still be able to physically connect to the accessory.
Additionally, the horizontal orientation of a supported device laid down on the DeX Pad will reportedly allow consumers to use their smartphones as touchpads or trackpads while operating them in the DeX mode. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are both expected to be officially unveiled in the run-up to MWC 2018 in late February before being released on a global level in March.