Wireless charging has been around for a while, but the technology has been limited to a few flagships, and its notoriously slow charging speeds have hindered its widespead adoption. However, as with any technology, wireless charging has evolved, and today we have smartphones which charge as fast wirelessly as they can with a wired charger.
Apple and Samsung were among the early adopters of wireless charging, while Xiaomi jumped on the bandwagon a couple of years ago. The most recent entrant into the wireless charging arena is OnePlus. If you are planning to buy a smartphone in India with this feature, we have curated this list of the top 5 wireless charging phones you can buy.
What is wireless charging?
Before we get to to the best phones that support wireless charging, let’s understand what exactly wireless charging is. In the simplest of terms, wireless charging eliminates the need for plugging in a cable to charge your phone. Wireless charging eliminates a whole step, as it simply requires you to place your phone on the charging pad or stand, which is already plugged in and placed on your nightstand or work desk.
More technically speaking, wireless charging is a technology that uses electromagnetic induction to transfer charge from the charger to the phone battery. Which brings us to our next section.
How does wireless charging work?
So, how does wireless charging work? As mentioned before, the technology works on the principle of electromagnetic induction. Simply speaking, in wireless charging power is created by passing an electrical current through two coils to create an electromagnetic field.
When the receiving magnetic plate with copper coil on the smartphone comes in contact with or within a specified range of transmitter on the wireless charger, the magnetic field generates an electrical current within the device. This current is then converted into direct current (DC), which ultimately charges the phone battery.
What are wireless charging standard?
There are two kinds of wireless charging standards – Qi and Powermat. While the former is used by major smartphone brands, the latter was used by some franchises like Starbucks to enable customers to charge their phones on the go. The Powermat is no longer operational, but the Qi continues to be in the market.
Developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) for inductive charging over distances of up to 40mm, Qi is a standard used by most smartphones makers. Qi has three separate power specifications including low power (5W to 15W), medium power (up to 120W) and high power (1Kw). These are intended for mobile devices, monitors or laptops and heavy-duty devices like kitchen utensils, respectively.
Top 5 phones with wireless charging to buy in India
While there are several phones with wireless charging available to purchase, here’s a list of the top 5 which offer this feature.
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
- Motorola Edge+
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Apple iPhone SE 2020
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is the latest flagship device from the brand that comes with the support for wireless charging. The phone is equipped with a 4,500mAh battery, which comes with support for 15W Qi-based wireless charging and 9W reverse wireless charging. As for the wired charging, the flagship supports 25W fast charging and comes with a 25W fast charger in the box. Other features of the phone include 6.7-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display, Exynos 990 SoC, Android 10, 64MP quad rear cameras and more.
- 6.7-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display
- Exynos 990 processor with Mali-G77 MP11 GPU
- 8GB RAM and 128GB storage
- One UI 2.0 based on Android 10
- 4,500mAh battery, 15W Wireless Charging, 25W Wired Charging
- 12MP + 12MP + 64MP + DepthVision rear cameras
- 10MP front camera
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is currently retailing for Rs 77,999 in India and is being offered in Cosmic Gray,
The Motorola Edge+ was recently launched by the brand in the Indian market and marks the return of Motorola to the flagship category after years. The phone is powered by a massive 5,000mAh battery unit with 15W wired as well as wireless fast charging support. The phone even supports reverse wireless charging at 5W, which means you can use it to charge other wireless charging enabled devices. The flagship device comes with an “Endless Edge” 90Hz display, stock Android 10 and a loaded spec-sheet as its highlights. Ticking at the core of the device is Snapdragon 865 processor accompanied by 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3,0 storage. There’s a 108MP + 8MP telephoto lens + 16MP ultra-wide + ToF sensor setup on the back, and 25MP selfie camera in the front.
- 6.77-inch FHD+ Endless Edge display
- Snapdragon 865 processor with Adreno 650 GPU
- 12GB RAM and 256GB storage
- Stock Android 10
- 5,000mAh battery, 15W fast charging, 15W wireless charging
- 108MP + 8MP telephoto lens + 16MP ultra-wide + ToF sensor
- 25MP front camera
Motorola Edge+ price and availability
The Motorola Edge+’s price has been set at Rs 74,999 and it is currently available for pre-order on Flipkart. The phone will go on sale in India starting May 26th.
Xiaomi Mi 10
The Xiaomi Mi 10 is a flagship phone that launched recently in India. Xiaomi has equipped the latest flagship with a 4,780mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging support as well as 30W wireless charging, which can charge the phone up to 100 percent in 65 minutes. The Mi 10 can also reverse charge other devices wirelessly at 10W. The phone ships with a 6.67-inch E3 AMOLED full HD+ display with a refresh rate of 90Hz, 180Hz touch sampling rate and HDR10+. Under the hood, there’s the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC with 8GB RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. Other features include Android 10-based MIUI 11, 108MP quad cameras, 20MP front camera and in-display fingerprint scanner.
- 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display
- Snapdragon 865 processor with Adreno 650 GPU
- 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage
- MIUI 11 based on Android 10
- 4,780mAh battery, 30W fast charging
- 108MP + 13MP + 2MP + 2MP rear cameras
- 20MP front camera
Xiaomi Mi 10 price and availability
The Xiaomi Mi 10 has been priced at Rs 49,999 and Rs 54,999 for 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB variants, respectively. The smartphone will be available from Amazon India and Mi.com.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro is the latest and most powerful flagship from the brand, and the first to feature wireless charging. Notably, OnePlus had taken a stance in the past that it wouldn’t add wireless charging to its devices until the speed matched its proprietary Warp charging. The 4,510mAh battery of the device comes with Warp Charge 30T 30W fast charging as well as Warp Charge 30 wireless charging. The phone features a 120Hz QHD+ display, Snapdragon 865 SoC, Android 10 with OxygenOS on top, 48MP primary camera on the back and 16MP punch-hole camera.
- 6.78-inch FHD+/QHD+ Fluid AMOLED display
- Snapdragon 865 processor with Adreno 650 GPU
- Up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
- Oxygen OS based on Android 10
- 4,510mAh battery, Warp Charge 30T, 30W Wireless Charging
- 48MP + 48MP + 8MP + 5MP rear cameras
- 16MP front camera
OnePlus 8 Pro price and availability
The OnePlus 8 Pro costs Rs 54,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant and Rs 59,999 for the 12GB + 256GB option. The device will be available from Amazon India and OnePlus.com.
Apple iPhone SE 2020
The Apple iPhone SE 2020 comes as one of the most affordable offerings from the Cupertino-based brand. The phone comes with a 1,821mAh battery that supports USB-PD fast charging (up to 18W), as well as wireless charging (up to 8W). The phone ships with a 4.7-inch Retina HD display and is powered by the Apple Bionic A13 SoC, which also powers the iPhone 11 series. Other features of the affordable iPhone SE 2020 include single 12MP camera on the rear, 8MP selfie camera, Touch ID, and the latest iOS 13.
- 4.7-inch Retina HD display
- Apple Bionic A13 chipset
- 3GB RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage
- iOS 13
- 1,821mAh battery, USB-PD fast-charging up to 18W, wireless charging up to 8W
- 12MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera
Apple iPhone SE 2020 price and availability
The Apple iPhone SE 2020 is up for sale in India on Flipkart as well as Apple Authorised Resellers across India. The 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variants are priced at Rs 42,500, Rs 47,800 and Rs 58,300, respectively.
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus||6.7-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display, Exynos 990 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, One UI 2.0 based on Android 10, 4,500mAh battery, 15W Wireless Charging, 25W Wired Charging, 64MP quad cameras, 10MP front camera|
|Motorola Edge+||6.77-inch FHD+ Endless Edge display, Snapdragon 865 processor, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, Stock Android 10, 5,000mAh battery, 15W fast charging, 108MP quad cameras, 25MP front camera|
|Xiaomi Mi 10||6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, MIUI 11 based on Android 10, 4,780mAh battery, 30W fast charging, 108MP quad cameras, 20MP front camera|
|OnePlus 8 Pro||High refresh rate Fluid AMOLED displays, Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, Oxygen OS based on Android 10, 48MP primary camera, 16MP selfie camera|
|Apple iPhone SE 2020||4.7-inch Retina HD display, Apple Bionic A13 chipset, 3GB RAM, up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, iOS 13, 1,821mAh battery, USB-PD fast-charging up to 18W, wireless charging up to 8W, 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera|