Tech giant Samsung has officially released its new product to the global market, a smartphone UV sterilizer.
Samsung first released this product exclusively in Thailand last week. Now, the tech giant is making it available to the rest of the world. The company claims that the sterilizer can kill up to 99% of bacteria from a smartphone.
More than just a sterilizer
The product is a wireless charger that happens to have a UV sterilizer embedded in it. The device is a 10W wireless charger that sterilizes the smartphone while it charges. The company claims that it is capable of killing 99% of bacteria and germs.
The product was first advertised in Thailand. Recently, the company confirmed that it is rolling it out for the global market. As of this writing, the device is already available in Hong Kong, Singapore, Romania, and Germany.
The device costs around $65, and the company claims that it can sterilize a smartphone while in just 10 minutes. The company adds that among the bacteria, the UV light can eliminate E. Coli, Candida albicans, and Staphylococcus aureus. These are some of the most common bacteria that affect human beings.
New UV Sterilizer with wireless charging can disinfect your smartphone, earbuds and glasses in just 10 minutes. See here for detailshttps://t.co/VC8RMbdPP6
— Samsung Electronics (@Samsung) July 7, 2020
The device is called the Samsung UV Sanitizer, and it measures 196mm x 96mm x 33m. This means it is very portable, and it can also fit big devices like tablet computers. Smaller devices like earbuds can also use this device.
The Sanitizer uses UV light to kill off bacteria and germs. The Sanitizer can simultaneously disinfect a device while charging at the same time.
Marketing for cash in on the pandemic
Despite the capabilities of the Samsung UV Sanitizer, many dismiss it as just a mere marketing campaign. The world is now reeling through the effects of the coronavirus, and the company is cashing in on it.
People are now wondering whether the device can kill the coronavirus. Based on previous scientific studies, the device cannot kill the coronavirus. While it is effective against germs and bacteria, UV light barely affects the structure of the coronavirus.
Scientists believe that the coronavirus should be exposed to high amounts of UV light for it to be rendered harmless. This is not the case for the Samsung UV Sanitizer. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the company did not advertise it as such.
The Samsung UV Sanitizer is now available in several regions. The device costs around $65.
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