Wireless charging is one of the coolest feature being added to smartphones. The ability to charge your smartphone without connecting any wires and simply by placing it on a charging pad can be described as priceless.
While wireless charging can take longer than wired charging and makes using the phone almost redundant during that time, it is still a nifty feature to have. Wireless charging is a not a new feature and it has been bundled with older devices like Nokia Lumia 920. However, the adoption has been rather slow. While Samsung has been offering wireless charging with its smartphones dating back to Galaxy S6, the real momentum for the feature has come after the Apple iPhone received wireless charging support last year.
Apple announced wireless charging support with the launch of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X last year. The debut of wireless charging on iPhones has led to increased interest in the feature and wider choice of charging pads from accessories manufacturers. So, if you’re looking for a premium device with wireless charging support then here are the top choices that support PMA or Qi standards.
Apple iPhone X
Apple has added fresh lease of life to wireless charging as a feature with the introduction of iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus last year. Among the three devices, the iPhone X stands out for its premium build with glass back and stainless steel casing. The smartphone has a 5.8-inch OLED display, Apple A11 Bionic chip, dual 12-megapixel rear camera, a 7-megapixel selfie camera and support for Qi wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ from Samsung are the newest flagship Android smartphone to feature wireless charging support. Samsung is no stranger to the world of wireless charging and its flagship device have the feature for several years. Samsung even offers free wireless charger on purchase of select models as an attempt to drive adoption.
With Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, Samsung offers flagship metal and glass design coupled with faster Exynos 9810 chipset. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ feature 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays and come with up to 6GB RAM and 256GB storage. They also offer cameras with variable aperture.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is another flagship device to support wireless charging. It is aimed at business users who want features such as a larger display and stylus. The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch display, Exynos 8890 SoC, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. It packs a 3,300mAh battery and supports fast wireless charging with Samsung-made charging cradle.
Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
With the launch of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple switched from all metal design to metal and glass sandwich design. The design not only adds visual appeal, but also enables support for wireless charging. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus feature a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina displays and use Apple A11 Bionic chipsets. The iPhone 8 sticks with single rear camera while the iPhone 8 Plus has dual rear cameras.
Nokia 8 Sirocco
Nokia 8 Sirocco, the premium flagship smartphone from Finnish smartphone maker HMD Global, also supports wireless charging. It comes with a stainless steel frame similar to iPhone X and has glass front and back that enables wireless charging. It has a 5.5-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 835 chipset, dual rear camera and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It is Android One certified and is backed by a 3,260mAh battery.
LG V30, LG V30+
LG V30 and V30+ are two other flagship smartphones from Korea to support wireless charging. In India, LG is only selling the V30+ with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The smartphone has a 6-inch Quad HD+ OLED display, Snapdragon 835 chipset, dual rear camera setup and runs Android Oreo. The smartphone features metal and glass design and is backed by a 3,300mAh battery.
Motorola Moto X Force
Motorola Moto X Force, the smartphone released in 2015, supports both PMA and Qi wireless charging standards. It has a 5.4-inch Quad HD display, Snapdragon 810 chipset 3GB RAM and up to 64GB storage. With the current generation Moto Z smartphones, Motorola allows wireless charging by adding a MotoMod.