If you’ve never heard of it before, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the new super battery. You can’t just plug your phone into a wall outlet anymore, it’s 2011, people! Qi is coming to change that, bringing the future of charging to our smartphones. Qi-enabled phones were unveiled just a few weeks ago at CES, with Mobile World Congress being the next showcase. The goal behind Qi is to turn every flat surface into a wireless charging station. Qi, a product of the Wireless Power Consortium(WPC), is set as the new standard for wireless charging.
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The WPC consisits of more than 70 companies, with the biggest and best of our Android smartphone manufacturers included. Current members like HTC, LG, Samsung, Sanyo, and Sony Ericsson are now joined by the newest member Motorola Mobility. All these companies part of the WPC, are working to incorporate Qi into future devices, setting the stage for wireless Android charging across the board.
Energizer currently has a Qi product on the market, with Sanyo said to be in the process of producing Qi-enabled batteries for our smartphones, most of which already have some type of Sanyo battery in them now. So the odds are looking good that we will see dramatically increased numbers when it comes to Qi-enabled phones in the near future.