Wireless charging is, in some opinions, one of the more futuristic things our phones can do. Drop your phone on a pad and watch everything light up. It’s just cool. Even though it can take longer to charge and make using the phone more difficult when it’s charging, it’s still really neat. Adoption has been slow for a number of reasons, but phones with wireless charging capabilities are finally starting to be in demand.
Unfortunately, not many OEMs have adopted the technology. We have put together a list of all the latest phones with wireless charging capabilities built in. Most of the time, the phones accept either PMA or Qi charging, though Qi is the more popular choice. Let’s see which phones made the cut.
Samsung Galaxy S9/Note 8
We’re giving our top spot on our best phones with wireless charging capabilities to the Samsung Galaxy S9. Most Samsung flagships for the last three years have supported Qi and then Qi/PMA wireless charging — all the way back to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5. Samsung has made some of the best smartphones around since then, and their support for wireless charging made them that much cooler.
We are also giving mention to the Galaxy Note 8 which came out late last year. Samsung’s adoption of wireless charging brought the concept back into the conversation when it could have easily been left behind. By the way, both the S9 and Note 8 still have headphone jacks, too.
Sony Xperia XZ2
The Sony Xperia XZ2 was announced at MWC 2018. Sony announced two phones at MWC, but only the XZ2 comes with wireless charging. Sony adopted a more rounded design for its smartphones this year, rather than the large rectangle blocks of years past.
The phone itself is still a bit on the chunky side, and it doesn’t carry a headphone jack, but everything else about it phone is flagship level. From the Snapdragon 845 processor, to the 4GB of ram and even IP 65/68 water and dust resistance. The phone also uses an algorithm to upscale video content to HDR quality, resulting in phenomenal video playback. Overall, this is a solid option, and it charges your phone wirelessly, so it’s a win across the board.
Nokia 8 Sirocco
The Nokia 8 Sirocco is Nokia’s latest offering. One might argue that the Sirocco is Nokia’s true flagship, but it’s something of a compromise. It’s not quite a flagship, and not really a midrange phone. On the one hand, The phone has last year’s Snapdragon 835 processor. On the other hand, the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage space are definitely on par with today’s phones.
Probably the real star of the show is the Zeiss optics in the cameras. Nokia has a long history of solid creation tools and HMD Global is continuing that tradition. The camera is capable of up to 2x optical zoom and includes Nokia’s dual-sight technology which allows a user to use both front and rear facing cameras at the same time.
LG V30, G6
Both of last year’s LG flagships support wireless charging. While the LG V30 was put forward as a phone for creators, the LG G6 was no slouch either. The G6 was one of the first smartphones to debut with the 18:9 aspect ratio that quickly became the signature for 2017. Both of phones carry excellent dual-camera setups and take amazing photos. Both are also capable of capturing 4K video. Both phones have wireless charging built in.
It’s hard to recommend the LG G6 at this time of the year — LG flagships are generally announced around now — but it’s important to note two things. First, you can definitely pick up the LG V30 and have one of the best phones with wireless charging available now. Second, it’s possible LG’s G6 successor will carry wireless charging. We’ll be sure to update this post when/if it does.
Moto Z2 series (with Mod)
The Moto Z series of phones is unique in the industry in that its Moto Mods gives additional it abilities. You can add on a projector, a loudspeaker, or a wireless charging cover/receiver. Four mods provide wireless charging capabilities. The TUMI Wireless Charging power pack adds a 2,200 mAh battery pack, in addition to wireless charging. There is also a similar option from Incipio.
If you don’t need extra juice (and extra bulk) there’s also the MOTCB Wireless charger for the Moto Z. Plus, Motorola itself offers a wireless charging style shell. There are a lot of great options for the Moto Z family, including the Moto Z2Force and the Moto Z2Play.
Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus/iPhone X
Apple finally joined the wireless charging phones trend in 2017 with the launch of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the nearly bezel-free iPhone X. All three phones support the Qi standard, which means any wireless charging pad that uses the technology can charge up the newest iPhones. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sport 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays respectively. The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED Super Retina display. All three phones include Apple’s newest in-house processor, the A11 Bionic, which features a 64-bit six-core CPU.
Apple also revealed plans in 2017 to release the AirPower wireless charging pad. It is supposed to be large enough so to fit an iPhone X, Apple Watch, and a set of AirPods all at once, and charge them all at the same time. Unfortunately, the AirPower pad has yet to be released at time of writing.
Best phones with wireless charging capabilities – Conclusion
That’s our roundup of the best devices that can be wirelessly charged. There have always been a handful of phones with wireless charging capabilities, but it still hasn’t reached the point of saturation we’d like to see. Here’s hoping we get to greatly expand this list in the future.