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Has LG developed the first true wirelessly charging phone?

LG has reportedly made a major breakthrough in wireless-charging technology for smartphones.

You may think that wireless charging has been around for some time in mobile phones. Samsung and Nokia (RIP) started implementing magnetic induction standards such as Qi years ago.

But it isn’t a truly liberating wireless-charging experience, is it? You still need to plug in a wired object, and that object has to be in contact with your phone.

According to a report from Business Korea, LG has completed development of a true wirelessly charging phone. Apparently, it supports magnetic resonance technology, which at this point means that the phone can be charged from up to 7cm away.

Admittedly, that isn’t a great distance, so you’d still probably need to stretch a wired charger to within touching distance of your phone. But it sounds like a major first step towards something better.

Related: Wireless Charging: How close are we to throwing away the cables?

It’s a known fact that many companies have been experimenting with magnetic resonance technology, but LG appears to have a finished product on its hands. Now it’s said to be “mulling over” when to release it into the market.

How about yesterday?

LG’s last flagship phone release was the LG G5, which didn’t wholly convince with its unique take on the modular concept. We can envisage proper wireless charging being a much more useful feature.

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Would you view proper wireless charging as a killer smartphone feature? Let us know in the comments.

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