Posted: May 20, 2011 in News

As one of their 2011 summer models, NTT docomo has announced a waterproof smartphone that supports wireless charging, the AQUOS PHONE f SH-13C.

This model uses the Qi inductive wireless charging system. In the past, to use this system a special case for the phone was required, but as it is now inside the phone, it can be charged simply by placing it on the wireless charger without using any special accessories.

“This wireless charging system uses electromagnetic induction between coils in the phone and charger. Charging takes about the same time as using a microUSB charger, so it’s not particularly slow. Regarding power consumption, the standby power is slightly high. But because wireless charging is likely to become widespread for cameras and portable game consoles as well as phones, we think that being able to use a single charger for all those devices makes this product environmentally friendly in the long term.”

Docomo plans to increase its line-up of wireless-chargeable phones.

“Charging pads aren’t just for the home, docomo plans to provide them as infrastructure, too. We’d like to make it easy for people to charge their phones in places like cafes and movie theater lobbies.”

This model has a 3.7-inch qHD screen and an 8-megapixel CMOS camera. It supports mobile wallet service, infrared connection, and tethering.

“This model was designed for women especially. So we’ve made it compact and easy to hold at just 60 mm wide. It’s also waterproof, so it can be used in the kitchen and bathroom.”

The new model is available in three colors: White, Black, and Pink. It’ll be released in July or August 2011.

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