The cable era is increasingly coming to an end, while wireless technology continues to develop at a rapid pace. Wireless headphones, speakers, smart watches, and other devices are becoming increasingly popular. Communication between devices is becoming less dependent on cables. Apps are becoming less reliant on cables for charging as well!
As science and technology progress, devices that do not need a plug to charge their batteries are already on the market. All that is required is for the devices to be mounted on specialized charging pads and for them to charge on their own. In reality, over-the-air charging, in which devices can now be charged from a distance (via wifi, for example) without having to be put on charging pads, is being introduced and will be available in the not-too-distant future.
The majority of people are aware that wireless charging is only possible on iPhones. They are unaware that Android phones can also be charged wirelessly. I didn’t realize I wanted to charge my phone when using it until recently, but the cord was distracting me. I then went online to see if any Android phones could be charged wirelessly. It was there that I discovered that Android phones can be charged using charging pads, and that over-the-air charging is being created.
High-end Android phones that charge wirelessly on charging pads are the exception. In order to support wireless charging, they typically have glass back covers. The PMA or Qi standards are supported by phones with the feature, though Qi is more common. While the feature isn’t available on every newly launched Android phone, more and more manufacturers are jumping on board. So, assuming money isn’t a problem, here’s a list of the top 7 Android phones that support wireless charging:
The Samsung Galaxy S21 series
The Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra all have wireless charging and, due to reverse wireless charging, can be used as power banks for your wireless accessories.
The S21 has a 6.2-inch Full HD+ monitor, an Exynos 2100 or Snapdragon 888 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of internal storage, 12, 64, and 12MP rear cameras, a 10MP front camera, and a 4000mAh battery. Android 11 is mounted on the phone.
The S21 Plus has a 6.8-inch Full HD+ display, an Exynos 2100 chipset, 8GB RAM, 128 or 256GB storage, 12, 12, and 64MP rear cameras, a 10MP front camera, and a 4,800mAh wide battery. Android 11 is also mounted on the phone.
The S21 ultra has a 6.8-inch Full HD+ display, a Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor, 12 or 16GB of RAM, 128,256, or 512GB of internal storage, a whopping 108, 10, 10, and 12MP quad camera array, a 40MP front camera, and a 5,000mAh battery. Android 11 is mounted on the phone.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 series
The Samsung Galaxy Note series has consistently been one of the year’s best phones. The new Note 20 isn’t far behind, and both phones in the series have wireless charging capabilities.
A 6.7-inch Full HD+ monitor, a Snapdragon 865 Plus or Exynos 990 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128/256GB storage, 12, 64, and 12MP rear cameras, a 10MP front camera, and a 4,300mAh battery are all included in the Samsung Galaxy Note 20. Android 10 is mounted on the phone.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a 6.9-inch WQHD+ display, a Snapdragon 865 Plus or Exynos 990 chipset, 12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB internal storage, 108, 12, and 12MP rear cameras, a 10MP front camera, and a 4,500mAh battery. It is powered by Android 10.
- OnePlus 8 Specialist
The OnePlus 8 Pro is the company’s new flagship, and it’s a wireless charging giant. It also features the best camera setup of any OnePlus phone to date.
Although the phone lacks a headphone jack and a MicroSD card slot, it does have one of the best displays on the market.
The 8 pro has a 6.78-inch QHD+ monitor, a Snapdragon 865 processor, 8/12GB of RAM, 128/256GB of internal storage, 48, 48, 8, and 5MP quad cameras, a 16MP front camera, and a 4,510mAh battery. Android 10 is mounted on the phone.
Google Pixel 5
The Google Pixel 5 is one of the best wireless charging Android phones. Given the fact that the Pixel 5 is made of aluminum, Qi wireless charging is possible thanks to a clever hole in the bioresin coating.
A 6.0-inch Full HD+ monitor, a Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB of RAM, 64/128GB of internal storage, a 12 and 16MP dual rear camera, an 8MP front camera, and a 4,080mAh battery are all included in the handset. Android 11 is mounted on the phone.
LG V60 ThinQ
The LG V60 ThinQ, a 5G phone, is not only powerful, but it also has one of the best looks on the market right now. It also has wireless charging capabilities.
The phone has a dual-screen configuration for multitasking, making it one of the most powerful devices available right now. Unfortunately, the selfie camera is still concealed behind a notch, though the notch is small and easy to miss.
The ThinQ features a 6.8-inch, Full HD+ display, a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB built in storage, 64 and 13MP dual cameras, a 10MP selfie camera and a 5,000mAh battery. Android 10 is mounted on the phone.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
When unfolded, the Z Flip’s foldable Dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen measures 6.7 inches.
The smartphone has a non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery, as well as fast battery charging (15W) and wireless charging. On a single charge, the battery is designed to last a full day.
The Z Flip features a 6.7 AMOLED screen that is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 6, a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, an internal storage of 256GB, a 12 and 12MP dual rear cameras, a 10MP selfie camera and a 3,300mAh battery. Android 10 is mounted on the phone.
Xiaomi Mi 11
The Xiaomi Mi 11 takes its place among wireless charging phones as one of the best new phones of 2021. The Mi 11 rocks a smooth 120Hz display and it is one of the first phones that sports Snapdragon 888 chipsets to hit the market.
It features a 6.81-inch, Full HD+ display, a Snapdragon 888 chipset, a 8/12GB RAM, a 128/256GB internal storage, 105, 13 and 5MP rear cameras, a 20MP selfie camera, and a 4,600mAh battery. Android 11 is mounted on the phone.
But Wireless charging isn’t perfect. It has some issues, such as the inability to use and charge your phone simultaneously, it’s generally slower in charging than plugged in phones, alignment issues (if you don’t align the phone well on the charging pad, it won’t charge) and also if you have an ATM card or RFID card kept in your phone case, inductive (wireless) charging would permanently destroy the magnetic strips in the card.
Charging phones wireless is still a work in progress. It still evolving. In no distant time, manufacturers would get the perfect ways to design their phones so as to make wireless charging more effective and feasible.