LG intros WCP-300 wireless charger, claims it's the world's smallestAlex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Wireless charging isn't exactly new in the mobile world, but we've seen it pop up quite a bit lately as a bullet point on the spec sheets of several new phones, and there have also been some dedicated chargers released by the likes of Nokia and LG/Google. Today LG showed its support for wireless charging once again, introducing a new wireless charging puck that it claims is the world's smallest. Dubbed the WCP-300, the unit has a diameter of 6.7cm and looks a bit like it should be getting slapped around with a hockey stick rather than resting on your desk or nightstand and juicing up your phone.
While the WCP-300 itself may be small, LG says that its charging area is actually 1.7 times wider than its previous wireless charging unit. The unit is Qi-certified, meaning it'll work with LG products like the Nexus 4 and Spectrum 2 as well as any Qi-enabled products from other device makers. LG plans to make the WCP-300 available in several different parts of the globe, including the U.S. and South Korea, the latter of which can expect to pony up 65,000 won (right around $60) for the device.
Wireless charging support isn't something that's included with every smartphone today, but LG wants to make it a standard feature in the mobile industry by building the feature directly into phones and creating charging units like the WCP-300. While not everyone will want to spend extra cash on a wireless charger when they can simply plug their handset into the USB cable and wall charger that came with their phone, the idea of just plunking a phone down on a small pad for a quick juice-up does have a certain appeal, especially when some devices are still being released with pesky USB port covers. What are your thoughts on wireless charging? Would you buy a unit like the WCP-300 if your phone included wireless charging support?