Google first introduced wireless charging in the 2012 Nexus 4, made by LG. Although the Nexus 4 had some interesting quirks with the installed Qi wireless charging technology, including how the device was very slippery and could be moved by the magnetic forces involved in the inductive wireless charging technology. The 2013 Nexus 7, Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 devices all included Qi wireless charging, but it was omitted on the 2014 Nexus 9 (presumably because the Nexus 9 has a high capacity battery and would take a very long time to recharge). 2015’s two Nexus smartphones omitted the technology, but by this time other manufacturers had finally caught on to the wireless charging concept, most notable Samsung with the Galaxy S6 models. We have also seen chipset manufacturers designing wireless charging circuits that work with all current standards, plus Qualcomm have a technology that allows wireless charging to work through metal cases. We have even seen stores such as IKEA produce a range of furniture that includes wireless charging units… and it is a shame that some manufacturers do not include wireless charging on their devices, especially the Nexus 5X and 6P.
However, a new LG smartphone has appeared going through the FCC obtaining its certifications, which includes onboard wireless charging technology. The device carries the model designation “LG H815PX,” similar to the LG G4 sold in South America and South Africa, which has the model designation H815P. LG, as with many other manufacturers, sell slightly different variants of the same device and the only differences in the hardware is the frequency bands that the device supports. For the LG G4 and the North American market, on the AT&T network the device is the LG H810, for T-Mobile US it is the LG H811, for Sprint it is the LG LS991 and for Verizon, the LG VS986. The other differences between the devices is on the software side, including pre-loaded applications, boot logos and similar.
The current LG G4 model can benefit from wireless charging if the customer buys the LG Quick Circle Cover, which is an extra $60 on top of the device’s initial cost. And whilst the model designation appears to put the new device as a LG G4, we don’t know if there are any other adjustments to the G4’s specification. As a recap, the LG G4 is based around a 5.5-inch high resolution (QHD, or 1440p) IPS LCD panel and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 System-on-Chip. The device has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, a 16MP rear facing camera and runs either Android 5.1 or 6.0 (as 6.0 Marshmallow is being rolled out for the device). It is possible that LG will polish the hardware specification, but unlikely unless they switch to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 or a competitor chipset. We would, however, expect the device to launch running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.