Nokia announces new portable chargers for Lumia phones

It was about a year ago that Nokia first announced the Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones, both of which supported wireless charging. Today, the company revealed it will be selling two smaller chargers for its phones, including a new wireless charger device, the DT-601.

In a post on the official Nokia blog, the company said that the DT-601 is just 65mm in diameter and less than 9mm thick. The material in the charger page is polycarbonate, but Nokia claims it also has a soft coating on top that "provides some extra grip for the phone that’s placed on top of it." It also has a 1.5 meter USB cable and come in a choice of yellow, cyan, bright red, black, and white colors. It will go on sale in Asia and the Pacific later in September, and will become available in Europe and the U.S. later, for the price of 29 euros.

The other smaller Lumia phone charger announced today is the DC-19. It is only 99.5mm long and its cylindrical body is only 25.4mm in circumference. It also contains a 3,200-mAh battery in case you are not near a power outlet and your phone needs a quick charge. In fact, it can charge any device with a microUSB port. It will go on sale later in September for the price of 29 euros and will come in yellow, white and cyan colors.

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DT-601 here I come! Nice one Nokia. You don't do enough to advertise your wonderful accessories. You could make an advert for accessories alone, never mind the phones as well.

The big problem I see is the worrying trend that Nokia doesn't provide wireless charging within their phones any longer but depend on extra cases to provide that. It is clearly a lower user experience play because it makes the devices less streamlined and elegant and as we know user satisfaction based on good design is a large driver for user adoption/purchase.

We know this is purely to do with generating more revenue as it has been shown including wireless charging in these phones does not impact their size (see post of the French guy who inserted the wireless charging circuitry from the external Lumia 925 case into the main case with no impact.

It is a revenue play by selling additional cases. However I suspect they will find that not many of these cases are purchased, therefore this will affect the purchase of wireless chargers and the benefit of wireless charging not being in the phone is one less differentiator Nokia had that will reduce the demand for their phones.

Nokia, please look at the numbers and put wireless charging back in the phones.

Wouldn't the DT-601 work with any Qi compatible phone? Or am I reading this wrong? It's a reasonable price for something like that and would consider it if that's the case.

Nokia really needs their own booth now at places like Best buy as well as doing more product shows like what Apple did yesterday. Too many nice products and not enough exposure!

This is a great opportunity for me to build myself the sort of belt holster I've always wanted. Both of those are small enough that I could embed the wireless charger into the holster and just have a short USB cable to the battery. Then every time I put my phone in my holster, it'll get charged. If I have two batteries, one would charge over night and the other would slide into a little pouch and connect the usb cable when I'm headed out for the day.

Those emergency external batteries can come in very handy. This one by Nokia seems to be in a very nice package, so it could be useful.

psionicinversion said,
boom in your face apple with your rubbish proprietary connectors!!!

You're like a decade too late with that comment. Apple has had proprietary connectors forever...

i know hahah just reliving the dream. Was funny my mate had a jambox but left his charger at someone elses house and was dead and him and me sister have got iphones, hes like oh crap how can i charge this i said has it got a micro USB... he said yes... i pulled out my phone charger and saved the day. standards for the win

psionicinversion said,
i know hahah just reliving the dream. Was funny my mate had a jambox but left his charger at someone elses house and was dead and him and me sister have got iphones, hes like oh crap how can i charge this i said has it got a micro USB... he said yes... i pulled out my phone charger and saved the day. standards for the win

I have an iPhone 5 and I have like 5 microUSB chargers laying around, as well as miniUSB... I'm ready for whatever kind of phone comes to visit.

Oh and I have lots of other proprietary cables like the ones that Sony uses.

I also have a 30pin iPhone charger in case anyone with an older iPhone comes over.

I'm a good host.

SirJimmyOfRussell said,

29 euros for a useful charger
Or $29 for a rubber case of holes for your iLOL

k.

Wow you should be a comedian!

SirJimmyOfRussell said,

29 euros for a useful charger
Or $29 for a rubber case of holes for your iLOL

k.

Lol they are two different categories... you are comparing different types of accessories.

That's like saying boo yah $30 for a useless wireless charger or $30 for 16 gigs SD card for you to store more music / what not.

onionjuice said,

Lol they are two different categories... you are comparing different types of accessories.

That's like saying boo yah $30 for a useless wireless charger or $30 for 16 gigs SD card for you to store more music / what not.


I don't think a cheap piece of silicone is worth what a wireless charger is.