Verizon's Windows Phone 8X will get wireless charging

The feature will be exclusive to Verizon's version of the HTC smartphone, Verizon confirmed to CNET.

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The Verizon Wireless version of HTC's Windows Phone 8X may have one advantage over the AT&T version: support for wireless charging.

Verizon confirmed to CNET that the Windows Phone 8X will indeed get wireless charging capabilities. The Verge first reported on the feature and that it would be exclusive to the carrier in the U.S. The wireless charging addition will be built into the phone, and wouldn't be noticeable to users.

Wireless charging, which has been sold through third-party retailers and famously touted in Palm's smartphones, is making a bit of a comeback. Nokia's Lumia 920, which is exclusive to AT&T in the U.S., also comes with wireless charging capabilities built in.

Microsoft is pushing both HTC and Nokia's smartphones, alongside Samsung, as the big launch devices for Windows Phone 8. But the software giant has put a lot behind HTC's device, which bears the name of the mobile operating system.

The Verge also reported that Verizon would announce the feature with the phone in the coming weeks.

CNET contacted HTC, and we'll update the story when we get a response.

Updated at 9:09 a.m. PT: to include a response from Verizon.

 

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