In addition to a flurry of new smartphones, LG also introduced its latest innovation in wireless charging this week in Barcelona. The WCD-800, a cradle that supports both vertical and horizontal charging, is the company's latest inductive solution, and nearly doubles the charging space of the previous model, the WCP-700. Resting your phone vertically will allow for quick phone calls and text messages, while charging the device horizontally will allow for multimedia playback and unobstructed views of video and photos.
LG says that by using magnetically-produced electric currents, the WCD-800 is as effective and efficient as typical wired chargers. It'll be compatable with all of LG's recently released devices as well as any device compliant with the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi standard. You'll be able to get your hands on one here in the States sometime in the first half of the year. LG's full presser can be found after the break.
LG’S NEW WIRELESS CHARGER
EMBODIES INNOVATION IN DESIGN
Introduced at MWC 2012, LG’s Cradle-Shaped Wireless Charger Maximizes
User Convenience with Larger Charging Area and More Flexibility
BARCELONA, Feb. 29, 2012 – LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its newest advanced
wireless charger, WCD-800, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012. The WCD-800 is
designed in the shape of a cradle to allow to the phone to be positioned vertically to
make video calls and send text messages or horizontally to view TV programs and HD
movies while charging.
“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 newest charger also eliminates the inconvenience of the cable that must be
plugged into the smartphone when recharging. With the WCD-800, charging is accomplished by simply placing the phone on the deck of the 75.8mm 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. Despite its unrivaled
convenience, the WCD-800 exhibits efficiency and effectiveness equivalent to that of
conventional wired chargers.
LG’s wireless charger is compatible with all devices compliant with the Wireless Power
Consortium (WPC) ’s Qi standard, the global standard for wireless power.
The WCD-800 will be introduced first in Korea followed by North America in the first
half of the year.
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About LG Electronics, Inc.
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About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a leading global mobile communications and information company. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design capabilities, LG creates handsets that provide an optimized mobile experience to customers around the world. LG is pursuing convergence technology and mobile
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