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Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPower spotted ahead of Galaxy Note 9 launch

Samsung’s rumoured dual wireless charger has leaked a week before its likely unveiling at the Galaxy Note 9 launch event.

This time there’s no blurry-cam hands-on shots from the far east, and no leaked press renders. The fast charge device was hiding in plain sight at an Amazon holiday preview event. In New York City. Gizmodo reporter Sam Rutherford spotted the gadget during the media event and took the photo above.

It has an angled, upright charging mat for a smartphone along with a flat surface, which looks like it’s designed for a smartwatch (or perhaps an AirPods-like earphones charging case?). However, it could easily house another phone, judging by the design.

The report points out that it’s powered by USB-C, while the label suggests it could even charge both gadgets at the rapid-fire rate of 12W.

Related: What is AirPower

This isn’t the first time the device has leaked out, but it’s certainly the best look yet at the dual wireless charging system, which will likely make it to market before Apple’s AirPower device. The Apple solution, which is designed to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods simultaneously, was announced in September 2017 alongside last year’s iPhones.

Apple promised it would go on sale sometime in 2018, but we’re now approaching the end of the summer without a price or release date. It’s likely Apple will spill the beans at this year’s launch event in September.

Meanwhile, Samsung’s effort is highly likely to be revealed at the Unpacked event on August 9. The highly-anticipated Galaxy Note 9 will take centre stage, but a new Galaxy Watch and a Bixby-powered smart speaker could also show up at the event.

Yesterday, Samsung began taking registrations for the next-gen phablet with US delivery promised for August 24.

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