Toyota Corolla Altis's segment-first wireless charger - what phones does it support?

Eric · Oct 15, 2019 04:52 PM

2019 Toyota Corolla Altis Qi Charger

UMW Toyota Motor has recently introduced the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis. We've covered the all-new Corolla Altis extensively, including a quick review of the new C-segment sedan, but there's one feature that Toyota hasn't put much emphasis on - the wireless charging pad. 

Yes, the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis (1.8 G only) features a built-in wireless charging pad, and it is the first model in its segment to offer such a feature. 

2019 Toyota Corolla Altis Qi Charger

What is wireless charging?

In simple terms, wireless charging works by employing the use of induction coils on both the phone and the charging pad, which charges the phone via electromagnetic induction, hence the name wireless charging.

To charge a phone wirelessly, both devices must be placed close to each other and aligned on top of each other. 

Perhaps the most popular and widely accepted wireless charging format is the Qi wireless charging, developed by the Wireless Power Consortium. Other competing formats such as PMA exist, but most modern-day flagship smartphones are only compatible with Qi, with the exception of a few Samsung phones, which support both Qi and PMA.

Qi Charger

Who can say no to a clean desktop like this?

Smartphones that support Qi wireless charging include:

  • Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, 11, XS Max, XS, XR, 8, 8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, S10 Plus, Note 10, Note 10 Plus, Note 9
  • Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro, Mi 9, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Mix 3, Mi 9 Explorer
  • Huawei P30 Pro, Mate 30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, Mate 30

Qi Charger

Getting started is as simple as placing the back of your phone onto the Corolla Altis' wireless charging pad located in the compartment in front of the gear lever. 

Car Qi Charger

To recap, the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis is available in two variants, both powered by a 1.8-litre Dual VVT-i naturally-aspirated petrol engine that outputs 139 PS and 172 Nm, hooked up to a CVT-type automatic that sends power to the front wheels. While both variants of the all-new Corolla Altis receive 7 airbags, stability control, and traction control, the pricier 1.8 G variant adds Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). 

The all-new Toyota Corolla Altis is priced from RM 128,888 for the 1.8 E, while the 1.8 G costs RM 136,888.

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