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Is it a robot head? No, just the Google Nexus 4 wireless charger.

Google rolls out a new wireless charger for its Nexus 4 handset. 


The new Google Nexus wireless charger.


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Google today unveiled the Nexus 4 Wireless Charger, an oddly shaped half-orb powered by Qi induction technology

The Nexus 4 Wireless Charger is a weird beast. For one, it's called the Nexus 4 Wireless Charger, which is the blandest name this side of the BlackBerry 9350. For another, it looks like a severed robot head or a particularly-ripe, bisected plum. (Google, for the record, calls it "elegant.") Slap your Nexus 4 down on the charger, and within four hours, your device will be at full battery life. 

According to TechCrunch, there's a "dock mode... which displays photos, Currents articles and other info, including the battery charge level." The charger is available for pre-order now; Google estimates it should ship in less than a week. 

We have to admit, we admire the simplicity of the device: No more frayed lines and connectors. No more tangles and knots of white and black cable that accumulate at the bottom of our backpack. 

But is wireless charging – however cool it might be – really worth the $59.99 sticker price? Jessica Dolcourt of CNET isn't so sure. 


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