Nokia's New Lumia Smartphones Wirelessly Charge with Qi
Nokia's newest smartphones will charge by sitting on a charging pad, instead of plugging in, the company announced. Here the Lumia 820 sits on its pad.
The newest Nokia smartphones will charge by sitting on a charging pad, instead of plugging into a charger. Nokia announced its latest offerings alongside Microsoft, whose Windows Phone 8 powers the new phones' operating system, at a news conference today (Sept. 5).
The Lumia 920 will come ready for wireless charging, while the Lumia 820 can be adapted for drop-and-go charging. Nokia will offer some of its own charging pads, including a puffy, pillow-like option by the beanbag company Fatboy. But because the new Lumias will use an emerging standard called Qi (pronounced chee), owners should be able to charge them using any Qi-enabled pad they like, including pads that allow people to charge several devices at a time. A total of 124 companies support the Qi standard, according to the Wireless Power Consortium, although competing standards are looking to gain ground, as well.
Qi works by inductive charging. The charging pads generate a magnetic field that creates a current in phones and other devices that sit on the pad and are equipped with the right receivers, as an InnovationNewsDaily sister site, TopTenReviews, explained.
The Nokia announcement may be a boost for the Qi standard over competing standards. To help spread wireless charging, Nokia will install charging pads in the tables at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf cafes in the U.S. and in the Virgin Atlantic lounge in London's Heathrow Airport. The cellphone company plans to sign more such deals in the future, company officials said.