Today, Sony announced a new Qi-compatible wireless charger - which should mean that all their upcoming devices will be available with Qi Wireless charging, as of right now, none of them do. However this wireless charger is unlike others out there, it's also Sony's first wireless charger. It has a built-in battery, so you can essentially charge your device wirelessly. There's a 5000mAh battery inside to charge your device, of course you can always just plug in the charger and set your phone down on top. Sony is claiming that you can charge this over 1,000 times and it'll still retain 90% of its battery capacity. Which is pretty darn good. If you charge it once a day, that should last almost 3 years. Sony is only going to be offering the CP-W5 Qi-Wireless Charger in white, at least at launch.
It's great to see more and more wireless chargers popping up on the market these days. We've already reviewed quite a few of them, like the the Tylt Vu, and the RAVPower Wireless charger, both work great. I'm really thinking that wireless charging is the future, especially with wearables. You don't want to have to put your smart watch in a cradle and then plug it in, like you do with the Galaxy Gear, it's just to time consuming, and what if you lose that cradle? Yeah not the best implementation of charging a wearable.
Hopefully Sony announcing this means that we'll see future smartphones from Sony with Qi wireless charging capability. As far as I know, none of their phones have it at this point. I'll be crossing my fingers and hoping that changes pretty soon. Sony says that the CP-W5 will be available in April, so we'll let everyone know when it's available so we can all run out and get one. There's also no word on pricing, but I'd expect at least $50, since that's the normal asking price for wireless chargers right now.