Thursday during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG revealed the WCD-800, a wireless charger for smartphones in the shape of a cradle. This form factor allows the phone to be positioned vertically to make video calls and send text messages, or horizontally to view TV programs and HD movies while re-charging the battery.
"As smartphones become the defacto medium for consuming multimedia content and communicating, it is not unusual to find oneself having to recharge a phone a couple times a day," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "It only made sense to turn that charging time into a positive user experience by making the smartphone useful while sitting in the cradle."
LG’s wireless charger is compatible with all devices compliant with the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard. It eliminates the need to plug in annoying power cables for recharging. Instead, the user simply places the compatible device on the deck of the 75.8-mm wide cradle. The charging area is double the size of LG’s previous wireless charger, the WCP-700.
"Using electromagnetic induction, the WCD-800 relies on electric currents produced by the magnetic fields of the electric coils located under the charger," LG reports. "Despite its unrivaled convenience, the WCD-800 exhibits efficiency and effectiveness equivalent to that of conventional wired chargers."
The WCD-800 will first be introduced in Korea, followed by North American release in the first half of the year. LG did not offer pricing.