LG’s superphone D1L to feature built-in wireless charging to compete with Galaxy S3

by: AdrianApril 20, 2012
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Even though we are still unsure of what the new Samsung Galaxy S3 will bring to the table and how much it will raise the bar in the Android world, it’s becoming pretty clear that Koreans’ opponents face an uphill battle against the (over?) hyped Galaxy S3.

That being said, we already know that LG is working on a superphone of its own, with the first rumored specs “revealed” sometime ago. Codenamed D1L, LG’s flagship should come with a 4.7-inch LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE connectivity, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Today a fresh rumor points towards an additional and exciting function. According to Korean website DDaily, the future 4.7-incher should come with built-in wireless charging, a feature that we haven’t seen on many smartphones up until now.

There was Verizon’s LG Revolution, if anyone remembers, which didn’t exactly sell like hot cakes last year, but that needed an optional backplate to support wireless charging. Aside from the fact that you had to pay for that accessory, it was pretty inconvenient to use and made the phone significantly thicker and bulkier.

The D1L, on the other hand, should support wireless charging without the need of any special case or accessory. It’s not clear for me how will the technology work in real use, but, if LG manages to hit the sweet spot, the potential success of the technology is tremendous.

Some rumors from a while back stated that the Galaxy S3 might itself come with a similar technology, but, for the time being, the speculations haven’t been confirmed or denied by anyone. In the same report, DDaily claims that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will support wireless charging as well, albeit of a different technology than LG’s implementation. Also, it’s not clear if Sammy’s superphone will have built-in wireless charging functionality or it will require an external casing.

On a different front, DDaily claims that “sources on the inside” revealed that the D1L might be launched in South Korea at the end of May. That’s right, launched, not unveiled, which means that the smartphone could be introduced to the public in just a couple of short weeks.

I don’t know about you, but I am personally very excited about both the Galaxy S3 and this LG D1L. I am excited to watch these two beasts duking it out for our attention soon enough. Who will emerge as the winner of this duel matters less.

What do you guys think? Is the LG D1L starting to shape out like a dangerous opponent to the HTC One X or the Samsung Galaxy S3? Would you consider buying LG’s future flagship if it will come with built-in wireless charging? Hit us with a comment and let us know!

  • Amine Elouakil

    I don’t know who thinks wireless is a big deal? It would be interesseting if we get a standard as Micro USB is used right now, so you can use any charger that would make interessting because for exemple in public areas you might have chargers for your phone (café, Airport…)

    • Cole Raney

      What about people who don’t have time to wait for their phone to charge? This is a huge deal to them.

      • Amine Elouakil

        I don’t understand your point can you explane some more? wireless charging= inductive charging, so in anyway you need to put it on some pad or something like that, it is the same as plugin it, in fact worst since you can’t use your phone freely you need to keep it on the pad.

  • ScottKPickering

    Would you consider buying LG’s future flagship if it will come with built-in wireless charging? Hit us with a comment and let us know!


  • Ohjjg_gdhgfh

    the only way you can make something wirless charger is by making it solar power charger other then that i dont know

  • AndroidBrian

    If the GS3 even has wireless charging.