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Samsung now sells a wireless charger ‘that STERILISES your phone with UV light in 10 minutes’

SAMSUNG is selling a charger that promises to sterilise your phone while it's juicing up the battery.

The wireless charging pad uses UV light to eradicate "up to 99 per cent of bacteria within 10 minutes", according to the South Korean tech titan.

Phones are among the filthiest things we own, with some studies suggesting the average mobile is ten times dirtier than a toilet seat.

That grim reality has come into the limelight during the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced billions of people to take extra care to keep their surroundings clean of viruses and other pathogens.

Samsung's new charger, dubbed the ITFIT UV Sterilizer, is a white box that the firm says is big enough to fit one of its chunky Galaxy S20 smartphones.

The device will sterilise mobiles not built by Samsung, but it won't necessarily charge them too.

Once you've placed your gadget inside, simply hit the switch and the Sterilizer will blast your device with ultraviolet radiation.

Samsung doesn't specifically state that the charger kills the COVID-19 virus, but studies have shown UV lamps can kill more than 99.9 per cent of airborne coronaviruses.

Of course, the device also features a 10W QI charger that juices up your phone while it's getting a clean.

That means you'll need a mobile with wireless charging capabilities to get the full benefit of the Sterilizer – though most modern smartphones do.

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The twist is that Samsung is only selling the device in Thailand for now.

It's going for the equivalent of about £40 ($50). It's not clear whether the charger will ever hit shelves in the US or UK.

Quick-fix cleaning technology has unsurprisingly boomed in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

In May, Ford revealed it was kitting its latest vehicles with a 56C "oven mode" that heats the car's interior to wipe out lingering viruses.

Samsung releases ‘tactical edition’ Galaxy S20 phone with beefy case and ‘stealth mode’

In other news, a social distancing gadget that beeps whenever you're not keeping two metres from someone could help people return to work.

A huge Google Chrome update reveals if your passwords have been hacked.

And, the iPhone 12 could be the thinnest ever thanks to new screen technology.

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