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LG Introduces the WCP-300 aka the “World’s Smallest” Wireless Charger

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One thing we certainly love above LG is their infatuation with wireless charging and the Qi standard. After having released the Nexus 4 and Spectrum 2 here in the States with wireless charging built in, followed by the launch of the Nexus 4’s wireless charging Orb only a week or so ago, it’s clear that they aren’t interested in add-on wireless kits like Samsung has done for years. No sir, with LG, they want wireless charging built directly into their devices. 

So with today’s tonight’s announcement of the “world’s smallest” wireless charger, this only solidifies their stance on wireless charging as a major feature in the future of smartphones and technology.

This new charger, which doesn’t actually have a name other than WCP-300, is Qi certified (wireless standard) and contains a charging area that is 1.7 times wider than their previous generation chargers. It’s also only 6.9mm in diameter and roughly the size of a typical beverage coaster. It looks a lot like the Nexus 4’s Orb, only without the angular half-sphere attached.

No availability or pricing was announced.

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LG’s Thin and Sleek Wireless Charger Delivers Maximum Charging Performance and User Convenience

BARCELONA, Feb. 26, 2013 – LG Electronics (LG) today introduced the world’s smallest wireless charger at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. At only 6.9cm in diameter, the WCP-300 is designed with portability in mind. Despite its di-minutive size, the charging area is 1.7 times wider than that of LG’s previous generation wireless charger. The new model is compatible with a standard 5-pin micro-USB charger, providing the highest level of charging performance and user convenience.

The WCP-300 employs electromagnetic induction technology and is Qi certified by the Wireless Power Consortium. Electromagnetic induction produces a magnetic field that 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 smart-phones 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.”

In the US market, 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 upcoming smartphones will be the most critical development in making wireless charging the industry standard going forward.

LG is committed to offering consumers a better mobile user experience by introducing smartphones with more advanced wireless charging technologies in the global market.

About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing more than 93,000 people working in over 120 operations around the world. With 2012 global sales of USD 45.22 billion (KRW 50.96 trillion), LG comprises four business units – Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, and Air Conditioning & Energy Solution – and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.

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  • Jia

    now we are heading to a wireless Era 😉

  • ron

    Hey guys, does everyone realize if you have the SAMSUNG GS3 u can buy an altered battery door that originally designed to fit the UK ver of the phone that works perfectly with the US GS3 which allows wireless charging and no additional thickness? It’s basically a pre-done palm pre mod. I have palm pre charge “orbs” everywhere, they are dirt cheap…


  • Joe Tomaselli

    lol are we still talking to that prick? Hey Kellex, any word on release date of that charger?

  • Glen E Ston

    lol.. just think in 5 years from now, the wireless chargers will be so small you can just plug it into your phone!

  • Tony Allen

    Oh thank goodness, all of these wireless chargers I have laying around are just too big and clumsy. I was holding out for someone to make the world’s smallest charger for me.

  • skinja9

    I think you meant it is 6.9cm not 6.9mm in diameter.

  • this is cool, but wireless chargers really need to be under $20 to make sense, I think. unless you have a very specific use-case, they pretty much just negate the need to use a cable.

  • ice456789

    What does this story have to do with Dashclock?

    • Tony Allen

      Right? I looked for a dashclock widget everywhere.. no such luck.

  • I thought 6.9mm was to small, even for the worlds smallest. 6.9cm is more as I expected

  • Austin Warren

    Whats with the Note 2 that has a LG slapped on it.

  • Where is the LG Miracast Dongle??!

  • Tim242

    I will not ever buy another LG product until they stop using lead and other carcinogens in their cords. On the book you get with their products, they warn that they contain cancer causing agents. They say to wash your hands thoroughly every time you touch the cord.

    • bananatroll

      its good for ya’ boy, eat it!

    • Nick

      You have a link to any of this? Because a quick google search turns up no mention of this. Are you outside the US? because I’m pretty sure any use of lead in consumer products is illegal here…

      And FWIW, cell phone radition has been linked to cancer sooooo

      • whoa

        Don’t have any proof about cords but if they allow it in faucets you get drinking water of then its probably in a lot of other things to including some cords.
        “Most faucets purchased prior to 1997 were constructed of brass or chrome-plated brass, which contain up to 8 percent lead (the main metals in brass are copper and zinc). Water sitting for several hours or overnight in a brass faucet can leach lead from the brass faucet interior which may produce high lead levels in the first draw of drinking water. Later regulations mandated that most faucets purchased after 1997 contain less lead than previously used thereby reducing the possible leaching of lead. However, the most recent legislation, called “Get the Lead Out,” mandates that after January 4, 2014, all faucets purchased will contain no more than a weighted average of .25 percent lead in relation to wetted surface

      • Tim242

        If you own an LG product, look at the booklets that came with it. The warning is there. They only have the warning, because of California law that requires it. Usually, only very cheap electronics use it. I’m surprised that LG does. There have been many studies regarding cell phones and cancer. Not one of them has said that they definitely cause cancer. Most say that they do not. That said, I rarely have long conversations on the phone. When I do, I use a headset.

  • S2556

    Damn, a post after midnight?! DL doesn’t sleep! Kellex isn’t it past your bedtime?

  • Realist

    can some one tell me whats makes android/google phones so much better over iOS??? a jailbroken iphone is the best phone in the world. How great is it REALLY to be going from rom to rom? If it REALLY was that great you wouldn’t be switching all the time right? Can a rooted device download videos/music from YouTube? Could a rooted device download songs from pandora and give you unlimited skips? the ONLY thing they have an advantage on is screen size. im not gonna lie and say i dont wish the iphones screen was bigger but thats it. i had the Galaxy Nexus on verizon for over a year and i liked it(i have unlimited data and love it with free tethering). i rooted it and customized it up the wazzu and whatnot but i was never satisfied with it. it couldnt give me the options a jailbroken iphone gives me. I’m not an apple fanboy either. im just a realist.

    IF someone can give me any reasons why they think a google/android device is better then a jailbroken iphone id like to hear them? customizing isnt all that great. live wallpapers arent really that great cause they drain battery…

    • don’t feed the troll.

      • Realist

        how am i a troll? im just stating facts.

        • You came to an obviously pro-Android, down with Apple site, to cause drama….i.e. troll.

          • zepfloyd


        • actually you can download YouTube videos without being rooted. But the fact of the matter is AOSP is open source I can download the code change or add whatever I like compile it and make my device whatever the heck I want if i know how to program. jailbroken iOS devices don’t even touch that.

          • Realist

            does anyone with a life really want to get into all that? is it worth it when a new android device with 10 gigs of ram and 8 quad processors is right around the corner?

          • Bewara2009

            Listen you troll.. Apple is limited, android is unlimited you can do whatever you like with your phone. Android doesn’t need to jail break to get what the hell you trying to get. Android comes out of the box jail break. It can do 100x more things then icrap. Just remember one thing you can never change the boringa ass interface.. I can’t believe you have the nerves to come to an android site and say you took a crap and you liked it! GTFOH what that!

          • Realist

            So why is there a need to root?

          • Adam Marr

            Funny how the biggest apple fanboys are the ones who have obviously never touched an android device…

          • prestone1

            Why is there a need for you to be here? Your posts are unrelated to the article hence making you a troll.

          • JoshGroff

            Cross device backups (game/app data mostly,) apps to manage other apps, ability to pair a sixaxis controller.

          • Bewara2009

            Their are a lot of reason to root your phone for. I personally root Mt phone for wife tethering don’t know why I am even replying to a troll..

          • Realist

            What’s the point of live wallpapers if they eat all the battery up? What’s the point of widgets if they do the same thing. It’s not like I’m just gonna be staring at the home screen the whole time I’m using my phone.

          • TheWenger

            I’m using a live wallpaper. No noticeable change in battery life.

          • LionStone

            Yep… any time I ran a live wallpaper on any of my phones, the battery usage was very minimal.

          • JoshGroff

            I’m not a big widget person, but the circle widget by Motorola gives access to too much useful information to not have it. Also, live wallpapers don’t increase your battery drain by that much unless you’re just sitting there looking at your home screen.

          • Tony Allen

            The point is we have devices with epic battery life right out of the box, so you can have a live wallpaper, and a mess of widgets if you want to, and not have to worry about email syncing times/screen brightness/push notification schedules.

            Enjoy your iPhone and the horrendous battery life the iPhone5 gives on LTE when you’re actually using it. Not to mention that tiny little screen.

          • Bewara2009

            To be honest live wallpapers doesn’t kill your battery. I’ve used couple of live wallpapers and that did not effect my battery life what so ever. We android users love to show of our home screen. That’s why this site has show off your home screen day once in a while. Now if you had show off your iphone home screen oh wait I forgot they all be the same kind of boring don’t you think? SMH.

        • LP

          All you need to know is that an UNROOTED Android phone is 10xs better than a UN-JailBROKEN idiotPhone.

    • noneofthem

      There is a actually a whole series of comparisons made by guy who owns both. Have a look here. I think he made 5 videos so far. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMiY1kSTHZw

      • Realist

        interesting video..i watched the first one and ill get to the others in a few min…i mean i wasnt trying to start stupid arguments … a comment pegged me the wrong way and wanted to retaliate i guess but i dont mean any disrespect to anyone

        • noneofthem

          No worries. You asked a valid question and I tried to provide an answer.

    • MrWicket

      it’s really about preferences, the android OS gives me what I want and works for what I want. I don’t do crazy custom roms and am not a crack flasher when I do use them, I find what I want, which is usually 99% stock, flash it and usually run that until I switch devices. I’ve used iOS before and it just doesn’t work for my needs, while it feels dated in some areas it doesn’t suck, it just isn’t what I want in a mobile OS.

      • Realist

        well said…to each his own. i was a crackflasher though when i owned the galaxy nexus and S3. i did love that sweet ass screen on the nexus… no carrier logo on the screen and no touch sensitive or back/home/search buttons on the screen like the dumb s3…

        • MrWicket

          yeah, even things like that have become hot topics of preferences.. I personally would never buy any device that didn’t have the words “Nexus” on it, and next time it won’t be on Verizon! But there are people who love their S3’s, One X’s and Note 2’s and they’ll fight tooth and nail to defend it’s honor and the physical/capacitive buttons that some OEMs just can’t get away from. 😛

          • Realist

            Yeah If I ever do get an android device again it’ll only be a “Nexus” I don’t like skins that other companies put. Stock experience is the best(at least I think so) And I’d love me one with no buttons only edge to edge screen. If the S3 was edge to edge I feel like it be the most popular phone. Those capacitive buttons ruin the phone for me and let’s not get started on the note 2for verizon(that hideous logo on the home button). That’s just plain wrong.

          • MrWicket

            yep, after dealing with a non Nexus phone and feeling like I had to root and ROM it to get what I wanted I decided Nexus was for me because stock, vanilla, AOSP Android is what I like and want so it makes sense for me. Plus Nexus devices are super easy to root and there are several good stock ROMs available if I want a little more tinkering room.

        • Tony Allen

          S3 is sooo dumb it outsold every other phone on the market.. what a tard phone.

    • Realist

      I bought a verizon nexus and when i went on the xda I did the rootz and i tried the rom but everyone called me a noob so I got sad and sold my galaxy nex for the n3w Iphone 5ive. It so cool it can jail break and it 1 click so I cant screw up! Now I can do cool things like download music and change fonts and all that so haha nana nana boo boo.

      • Realist

        Rooting takes a bit of work but its obviously not as easy as jailbreaking. To bad you couldn’t experience the whole rooting and flashing roms. It isn’t all that half bad. One of my biggest peeves is that The batteries on android devices aren’t that great. They tend to drain really fast and it takes quite a while for them to charge. Maybe they’re better now but when I owned the nexus It would at most last me 5-6 on moderate use with 4g of course and it was about the Same on the S3 or maybe just maybe a bit better. I have no complaints with the battery on my i5 and it takes at most 2hours to fully charge

        • Ironclad1313

          One of the best things about Android is choice. You care about battery life? You can get a phone with a removable/extended battery (or at least you used to be able to) or you can get a phone with a larger battery from the beginning (Droid Razr Maxx HD gets 2 times the battery that an iPhone 5 gets). Some phones, like the Nexus line, are incredibly easy to root and load custom roms. Others, like a large portion of motorola devices, are harder. By jailbreaking an iOS device, you really get rid of some of the only things the iPhone had going for it IMO, stability and security.

          • Realist

            Who wants a phone with a thick battery the size as a closed fist or whatever. Yes maxx HD’s battery is amazing but it’s an UGLY phone. So there aren’t any downsides to rooting? No random restarts, no random phone freezing, no random app force closes, and battery gets better not WORSE with custom roms right??? I had a rooted Galaxy Nexus and an S3 so I know how “easy” it is to root a phone. Loading roms is simple though

      • Tim242

        I thought you said customizing wasn’t important?

    • Tim242

      It boils down to this: iOS is like using a feature phone. Android is like using a computer. I tried an iPhone 5 for a few days. I felt so helpless.

      • Realist

        Yeah ok if you say so. I’d take the “featured phone” that feels so wonderfully in the hand over your so called “computer” that is made out of plastic and tin foil anyday

        • Tim242

          You claim not to be a troll, but your comments say otherwise. You claim to like iOS so much, yet you have to jailbreak it to be happy. See a pattern here? High quality plastic is a good material to use, it’s very durable. Funny you mention tin foil. The iPhone 5 is made from aluminum that dents easily. I’d be willing to bet you have a plastic case on your phone……

          • Realist

            Lols. I never use cases. What’s the point of having a slim device if you add a bulky case/bumper etc? I’m not a troll. I’m not gonna lie and say that if I my iphone wasn’t jailbroken it wouldn’t suck, cause it would. With that said if my iphone wasn’t jailbroken I’d most likely have a rooted Nexus 4. But Luckily I have the option and I have a jb iphone 5 and love it. And there’s quite a difference between tin foil and aluminum sir.

          • Tim242

            You sound very conflicted in your decisions.

        • JoshGroff

          Plastic and tin foil? Someone has clearly not used the MAXX HD. I feel you there with build quality though, it is very important.

    • ksavai

      Reply to the wrong post?

    • nano

      My s3 and nexus 7 are both rooted and I have unlimited skips on pandora and I can download songs/videos from youtube. I actually didnt need them both to be rooted all i had to do was make sure Unknown sources was checked, download the modified apk and install. Plus theres other services like google play and a slightly modified spotify I use also. I also use the google navigation very often. I have tried others like tom tom and sygic. Which arent bad but google maps is faster and more update and free. I also dont mind changing roms from time to time only takes me 2-5 min download the rom 2-3 min to load it and another 2-3 min to restore my phone contacts and apps. No computer needed. My s3 gets good battery life can go through a whole day with it. It all depends on the rom you get. I have jailbroken ipod I know its not the same as your iphone but its very very similar and I don’t use it. I Cant do as much with it Beside Unl skips on pandora and downloading youtube videos which I already have on my phone.

    • Christopher Riner

      Watch the video 100 reasons to jailbreak an iPhone. Android phones can do almost 90 of those things without being rooted.

    • ceejw

      I had an iPhone 4 in the past and I didn’t want to jailbreak that and now I have a Nexus 4 and I don’t want to root it. Here are the reasons why I like Android much more than iOS. The Notification system is so much better, I can set default apps, the intents system allows data sharing between 3rd party apps. I can use a 3rd party keyboard, dashclock, I can change the app icons with an icon pack, the gmail app (the iOS gmail app is not good), widgets, dashclock, hardware notification light, Google Now.