Both the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820 will have built-in support for the Qi Wireless Power Standard. This will allow users to charge the handset without the need for cables. Woaah! Taragis! can we then charge via airwaves? without wires? just like what we’re using in our Wi-Fi internet connections? uhh-ohh, sadly, it’s a big NO.
So, what is Wireless Charging?
Wireless charging isn’t new. We’ve seen wireless charging backs for some Android devices and cases like the LaunchPort for iPad 2.
It’s just simply placing your phone on the platform or charging pad with Qi Wireless Power Standard and then it will start charging. Technically it’s just like placing your phone in to a dock station and let it charge.
It’s real advantage is no longer having to repeatedly plug in a cable or proprietary connector to charge the device. Nokia plans to bring wireless charging outside the home and office, and to start it up, deals with Virgin Atlantic to put wireless charging stations in the London Heathrow Clubhouse lounge and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to put charging plates on tables in some of their cafés are on its way.
Nokia has also partnered with Fatboy on a wireless charging pillow for the new Lumia 920 and 820.
Wireless charging won’t be the only method to charge the Lumia smartphones, it still has the same USB port for the connecting to a PC and other accessories so it will still be able to be charged in a traditional way.