Phones with wireless charging are cool. The technology saves you the hassle of dealing with those pesky cables — just drop it on a pad and watch everything light up. However, there are a few drawbacks to keep in mind. Wireless charging usually takes longer than using a cable, and makes phones difficult to use while charging.
Wireless charging is mainly available on high-end phones with glass backs — metal and wireless charging don’t mix. Not every flagship has the technology, but more and more manufacturers are hopping on the bandwagon. Phones with the feature either support the PMA or Qi standard, although Qi is the more popular choice. Here are the best ones.
Samsung Galaxy S9/Note 9
Easily the most popular phones with wireless charging are the Samsung Galaxy S9 duo and Galaxy Note 9. Samsung flagships have supported Qi (and then both Qi and PMA) 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 wireless charging feature made them that much cooler. Samsung’s adoption of wireless charging brought the concept back into the conversation when it could have easily been left behind.
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The Galaxy Note 9, Android Authority’s smartphone of the year, offers more than the Galaxy S9 duo. Its main advantage over the devices is the inclusion of the S-Pen, which is great for making notes, controlling the camera remotely, and much more. However, if you don’t see yourself using the S-Pen, the S9 Plus might be a better (and cheaper) option.
The regular S9 is the smallest and most compact devices of the three, but it lacks a few features like the dual-camera setup of both the S9 Plus and Note 9. Check out the reviews linked below the video to learn more about all three handsets.
In terms of pricing, the Note 9 will set you back at least $900 unlocked. The Galaxy S9 Plus comes in at $700, while its smaller brother can be yours for $665.
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Sony Xperia XZ3
The Xperia XZ3 is Sony’s latest and greatest smartphone. Its combination of high-end specs, a premium design, and a few other bells and whistles like 3D Creator make it one of the best phones with wireless charging.
The Sony Xperia XZ3 runs Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.
The phone has a curved OLED display, dual front-facing speakers, and ships with Android 9.0 Pie on board. Sony’s skin sits on top of the OS and adds features like Side Sense, which brings up a mini app drawer when you double tap the edge of the screen. Unlike most flagships these days, the Xperia XZ3 doesn’t have a notch and only comes with a single rear camera. The fingerprint scanner is located at the back.
The Xperia XZ3 isn’t for everyone, especially because of its high price tag. It retails for $900, $200 more expensive than the Galaxy S9 Plus. You can get it in three colors — black, green, and white.
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LG G7/V40 ThinQ
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The V40 is larger of the two devices, featuring a 6.4-inch display. It also offers more in the camera department — it comes with three cameras on the back and two on the front. The G7 sports a single shooter up front and two at the back. Its display measures 6.1 inches. A lot of other specs and features are the same between the devices, including the display resolution, chipset, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
The LG G7 ThinQ was announced in May and is listed at $735 on Amazon. The V40 debuted a few months later — in October — and is currently on sale for $750. With only a $15 price difference, our recommendation is to go with the V40.
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Google Pixel 3/3 XL
Not only are the Pixel 3 and 3 XL among the best phones with wireless charging, they are also on our list of the best phones you can currently get. The phones support fast wireless charging — 10W — with the help of the Pixel Stand, which retails for $80. While on the stand, the Pixel 3 can turn on the Do Not Disturb mode automatically at night, transform into a photo frame, and more.
The Pixel 3 and 3 XL are very similar in terms of specs. They both come with the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64/128G of storage under the hood. You’ll also find the same 12.2MP camera on both devices, which takes fantastic pictures.
The biggest difference between the two is the display. The Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD+ display, while the one on the XL model comes in at 6.3 inches, offers Quad HD+ resolution, and has a notch. Pricing starts at $800 (Pixel 3) and $900 (Pixel 3 XL).
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Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro
Both phones support 15W wireless charging, but the Pro model has a trick up its sleeve. You can actually use it as a wireless charger by placing any Qi-compatible phone on the back of the Mate 20 Pro.
The Mate 20 Pro features an in-display fingerprint scanner.
In terms of specs, the Mate 20 Pro offers more. It has a higher resolution display, more RAM and storage, and better water and dust protection. It also comes with a larger battery and an in-display fingerprint reader.
There are a number of similarities between the devices as well. Both run on the same Kirin 980 chipset and have a triple-camera setup on the back. They both also have a notch, although the Mate 20’s is a lot smaller.
Unfortunately, Huawei said the phones won’t come to the U.S. They are already on sale in a lot of regions, including Europe, where pricing differs from country to country. For reference, you can get the Mate 20 Pro from around 890 euros ($1,015) and the Mate 20 for 650 euros ($740) in Germany.
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There you have it, folks. These are the best phones with wireless charging capabilities in our opinion, though there are a number of other great options available. Which ones would you add to the list of the best phones with wireless charging? Let us know in the comments.
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