Wireless Charging Orb for the Nexus 4

Most of the Android enthusiasts have been anticipating the launch of three new nexus devices today – Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 10 tablet and 32 gig version of Nexus 7 – however, the event which was supposed to take place today was canceled due to hurricane Sandy.

Google sure did cancel the event, but they have gone ahead and launched the products that were supposed to be launched today. All the anticipated products have been launched and LG Nexus 4 is one interesting device that I would love to own.

Below are the specs of the all new LG Nexus 4:

  • Screen 4.7” 1280×768 (320ppi)
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
  • Size H: 5.27 in (133.9 mm)
  • W: 2.7 in (68.7 mm)
  • D: 0.36 in (9.1 mm)
  • Weight 0.31 lbs (139 g)
  • Cameras Main: 8MP BSI sensor, 1080p video
  • Front: 1.3MP, 720p video
  • Face recognition
  • Memory 8GB or 16GB (formatted capacity will be less)
  • Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz (Adreno 320 GPU)
  • RAM 2GB
  • Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Proximity, Gyroscope, Pressure, GPS
  • Network Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • HSPA+ 42 Mbps
  • Wireless Wireless display on a Miracast compatible HD TV
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Power Wireless charging (use any Qi-compatible charger)
  • 2,100 mAH Li-polymer battery
  • Standby: up to 250 hours
  • Talk time: up to 10 hours
  • Music playback: up to 40 hours
  • Video playback: up to 8 hours
  • Web browsing: up to 7 hours
  • OS Android Jelly Bean (4.2)

One of the lines says power wireless charging. Yes, that’s right. LG Nexus 4 indeed supports wireless charging, in fact it isn’t surprising to me as I had previously written about the leaked documentation of LG Nexus 4 which revealed the wireless charging induction coil in a diagram of the device. The retail box, however, won’t be having the wireless charger and the customer is expected to buy one separately. Along with the Nexus 4 announcement, Google has also announced the Wireless Charging Orb for the device, though no further info was revealed regarding release date or pricing of the same.

In terms of looks, the Wireless Charging Orb looks a lot like Palm Touchstone, a wireless charger for Palm’s Pre device. Apparently, Matias Duarte contributed a lot towards design at Palm and now he works for Google, so it isn’t very surprising that the products of Google are getting a touch of Palm.

The Orb is a bit angled, which means you can continue using the phone comfortably while it’s charging wirelessly. The charging device has magnets which don’t allow the phone to slide down on the angled surface, and yes, the device will fit either in portrait or landscape mode.

It is worth noting that LG Nexus 4 is using Qi wireless charging standards, and that’s good news because any charging station that is in agreement with this wireless charging standard should be able to charge the Nexus 4 wirelessly. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in comments.

Source: The Verge