LG Electronics today unveiled what it calls “the world’s smallest wireless charger” at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The WCP-300 is only 6.9cm in diameter, and despite its diminutive size, LG claims its charging range is 1.7 times wider than that of the company's previous generation wireless charger. The new model is compatible with a standard 5-pin MicroUSB charger.
The WCP-300 employs an electromagnetic induction technology and is Qi-certified by the Wireless Power Consortium. Electromagnetic induction produces a magnetic field which in turn generates an electric current to charge the batteries in devices placed on the charging pad. Certification ensures that the WCP-300 is compatible with all smartphones that support the Qi standard.
“Wireless charging is the holy grail of smartphone user convenience,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With the WCP-300, LG was able to deliver both portability with top-class charging capabilities in a device no larger than a typical beverage coaster.”
Both the LG Spectrum 2 and Nexus 4 feature built-in support for wireless charging right out of the box, eliminating the need to purchase separate covers. LG believes that built-in support for wireless charging will be the most critical development in making wireless charging the industry standard going forward.
LG calls it the world's smallest wireless charger
In addition to the buzz at MWC 2013, there is a lot of noise around LG's February 27 event. We have received press invitations to an event LG is hosting on February 27. A representative from the company informed us that the event is indeed concerning LG’s smartphones. We're guessing this could possibly be the long-awaited launch of LG’s flagship handset—the Optimus G— in India. The smartphone was launched in the rest of the world last year, but we have yet to see the handset on Indian store shelves.
However, LG announced its Optimus L Series II earlier this month. It's possible this event could be for launching this smartphone in India, and not the Optimus G.
Of course, since we’re feeling especially speculative, we're also wondering if the company may actually launch the Nexus 4 here. This idea, however, is far into the Wild Mass Guessing territory, as the last Nexus device we saw being launched in India was Samsung’s Nexus S. But since we don't know anything else about the event or what it'll entail, we can't really say what will be launched or announced.
The Optimus G is loaded with a plethora of features that will surely entice anyone remotely interested in smartphone technology. It is equipped with a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 SoC and an LTE chip. The device also promises longer battery life, a thinner profile, a brighter display and a new touchscreen panel technology as a result of the vertically-integrated development process. This smartphone is almost the same as the LG Nexus 4, except for the LTE chip, the camera and some minor differences.
The Optimus L Series II will be following the same design philosophy of previous phones in the L series, but with some new design elements, including laser-cut contours, a radiant rear design and LED lighting on the home button.