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The Xperia Z2 doesn't support wireless charging out of the box, but Sony has just announced two accessories for the flagship device that will be able to scratch that particular itch. The two products include a flip cover that enables the device to work with Qi wireless chargers and an official Sony-branded circular base to set it on.

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The Wireless Charging Cover WCR12 is foldable, so Xperia Z2 owners can use it to stand up the device on a desk or table, but it will need to lie flat on top of a wireless charger in order to replenish the smartphone's battery life. The accessory will enable the handset to work with any Qi charger, not just its official companion.

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Conversely, the Wireless Charging Plate WCH10 should work with any Qi-compatible device, not just the Xperia Z2. It will provide 5W of power.

Sony has yet to announce prices, but British retailer Clove lists the case in black and white for £69.99 and the charging plate for £54.99 (both with VAT included).

Source: Sony Mobile

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • simp1istic

    Should have been in the phone. The magnetic dock is a good second place though.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      How many people really use wireless charging?
      I don't, and I don't know anyone in real life who does.

      *weekend poll idea perhaps, if it wasn't one already*

      • alacrify

        Now you do. I have a WiQiQi on my desk at work, a Tylt stand on my desk at home, and a Nokia stand for my bedside table. I haven't plugged it in in months.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

          Don't think I know you in real life though.
          Or... do I? ;)

      • Connor Mason

        I do!

      • simp1istic

        It would be a good weekend poll. I use it on every single device I can. I have a 2 "pod" charger on my nightstand, usually occupied by Nexus 5 and 7. There's really no reason not too, it's so convenient, especially on a waterproof device.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

          Hmm, I guess that's the reason for the case then. But then again, I do use the magnetic charging cable and it would be almost if not just as convenient.

          Does wireless charging not charge more slowly than regular charging through the magnetic port for example? That's something I would be bothered by: the faster I can charge my phone, the better. Too often do I have to charge my phone partially because I don't have time to fully charge it, and then every extra percentage counts.

          • Caitlin Wolford

            A good wireless charger is about 80% as fast as wired. It's not that much slower. It's more than made up for by the convenience.

          • simp1istic

            Charging time is pretty irrelevant to me, I just charge at night with my phone. I don't care if it takes 5 hours or 1.

      • kwurk kwurk

        I do, I have 5 Qi chargers spread throughout home and office for 2 Qi devices in my family.

      • jjrudey

        I don't know anyone besides myself that uses it, but, that's only because I don't know anyone who owns a device that supports it.

      • Sergii Pylypenko

        I would, if I could - Samsung phones do not support wireless charging out of the box, and the extended battery I've bought also omitted that from it's custom back cover.

        I hope that wireless charging trend will catch up with all manufacturers next year, like waterproofing did - it makes a lot of sense to wirelessly charge your waterproof phone, so you don't need to touch those flimsy USB flip-covers at all.

      • brkshr

        I have one next to my bed. One at work. And I want another one for home for my tablet.

        It's especially handy at work because I'm always going between my desk and the printer in the back. So I take my phone on and off the charger at least 30 or 40 times a day at work. VERY convenient, and the alignment magnets in the Nexus charger, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (13) make it stupid easy to get them aligned perfectly every time.

      • John Daniel

        I would love to but just can't justify the cost. If they were a bit cheaper then I would definitely want one for home and one for the office. Agree it would make a good poll. "Yes, no, would if cheaper, would if my phone supported it" perhaps.

      • Matthew Merrick

        I think most people would vote "would of I could but my phone doesn't support it"

      • Duncankrebbers

        I've got two wireless chargers built in to my modified nightstands. Me and my girlfriend can just place our phones in the corner of the night stand and they charge! You can't even see the chargers and it works perfectly on our nexus 4 and 5. Haven't plugged them in in a long time.

      • dle

        I do use a magnetic charger for my Xperia Z1 Compact. It's easier than always connecting a wire, specially at night when I'm about to sleep..

      • The Ghost

        i used it with nexus 5, i got the plate with L920 and still have it... it's kind a nice to just put it on plate at night and not worry about cable... but like others said...not all phone supports it, and if i had to get a special case for.. i would stick with cable but i think Z2 comes with dock that uses side connector, i think it's cool....

  • jonathan3579

    This would be great and all if I could buy the fucking phone in the U.S. I could have sworn they said it'd be available online here but it still isn't.

    • simp1istic

      You can, just not from sony! I bought one locally in houston.

      • jonathan3579

        I'm from Houston as well. Where did you purchase yours from?

      • Forget_you

        Im also from houston. where did you get it at and for how much? and does it support t-mobile LTE?

        • simp1istic

          Small world (and big city.) I bought it from an ebay seller named "never-msrp."

          I'm not sure on the T-moblie LTE I actually didn't try my t mobile sim. Double check the bands.

          • jonathan3579

            Ha! I sent them a message on eBay and they gave me a 909 area code to call. However, their pricing on eBay right now can't beat the Daily Deal that's going on.

          • simp1istic

            It's just a cell. Their definitely local. Cash price is good.....

          • The Ghost

            i just got one from the same guy, he had on sale for 599, getting rid of M8... and while i m typing, item just got marked as shipped... and it works on T-mo LTE and ATT LTE.... not sure about CDMA (suppose to work but never tried) but ATT and T-Mo for sure... LTE is good...

          • simp1istic

            Yeah how bout that timing on the daily deal?

          • Марія Омельченко

            Hi, @simp1istic:disqus can you give me an email of the ebay seller "never-msrp" or contact with him for me - I need to ask him about an item, but can't find any email or "Ask a question"...

            My email: my.loginfo@gmail.com

        • ohsnap_moose

          I got mine from the never-msrp deal. 2 downsides:

          1. It didn't come with the noise cancellation earbuds
          2. The charger is a Hong Kong charger. An adapter is provided (not a big deal). Some of the crapware is for the Hong Kong market. Fortunately, that crapware is removable.

          It works on T-mobile LTE, but you have to take these steps:

          1. Go to settings->mobile networks
          2. Select your mobile network. This takes a while.
          3. Once you're connected to t-mobile, confirm that you can make a call. You won't have data.
          4. Go back into settings->mobile networks. There should be a pane that says "download internet and MMS settings". Tap this and wait a few minutes.

          You should now be on LTE!

      • NBM

        I'm also from Houston... for the sake of mentioning it. If I was in need of a phone I'd be considering the Z2 above the rest... but I'm very interested in what Moto has in mind later this year the most... I hope Moto doesn't discontinue the excellent 4.7" factor entirely though.

    • irishrally

      You can also buy one on Amazon for $660 but without a warranty.

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    I Wonder if ir can fit The z1

  • Jeffrey Fazal

    It is good to know that Xperia Z2 support wireless charging feature. Well, I am using a qi car charger to keep my Nexus 5 fully charged even driving across the countryside. I could say that it is the convenient way to charge the Smartphones without messing up with wires anymore.

    • LuguLake Bluetooth Speaker

      try the

    • MT

      What car dock are you using, Jeffery? I'm in the market for one but most have iffy reviews or are unappealingly bulky.

      • Jeffrey Fazal

        Well, I purchased the one from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F5XPCSC/ and its working absolutely fine from last 6 months.

        • MT

          Thank you-- that's the one the internet keeps taking me back to.

          If you wouldn't mind answering a question about it: I have a clip in my car for docks to attach to (see http://tinyurl.com/lf7x9o6) that I've used for a few years and love-- it keeps my device at exactly the height I want. Does this dock have a pointa t which I could affix it to this surface, rather than using the suction mount? I'm certainly willing to try the vent mount it comes with, but I hate to mess with a system I know and love if I can avoid it.

          Thanks so much for your help!

  • WhyWai

    man, that's expensive cost to do wireless charging.. @_@

  • Crownleyian

    How much radiation (Electro Magnetic Field) does this emit?
    Surely it should be harmful!?

  • Spence1115

    Wish they had a case like this for the Z1...

  • Vader_MIB

    Sony engineers are not capable of making something which would keep the wrist wrap hole accessible...

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  • RanXshinichi

    thats not really wireless charging