Samsung Galaxy S IV thought to have ‘wireless’ charging

Samsung Galaxy S IV thought to have ‘wireless’ chargingWhere do we sit on the current generation of “wireless” charging? Bit silly ‘cause you have to sit your phone on some sort of freakin’ plate and might as well plug it in? Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking, too.

As such, you mightn’t be hugely excited to learn that the Samsung Galaxy S IV is tipped to join the growing rank of smartphones with wireless charging capabilities.

Disappointingly, Samsung is said to have considered something called "resonant magnetic coupling” – similar to the stuff Apple recently patented.

Essentially, the technology would’ve allowed the Samsung Galaxy S IV to be wirelessly - proper wirelessly - charged from a range of two metres. Now that would’ve been pretty cool.

Alas, story goes, Samsung decided it’d be too expensive, and as such the Galaxy S IV will come with the familiar type of wireless charging, as found on the Nokia Lumia 820, Nokia Lumia 920 et al.

Specifically, Samsung will sell a separate wireless charging cover and charging dock for the Galaxy S IV, so if the concept doesn’t float your boat, don’t worry about it.

via: Sammobile

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Pondlife  Jan. 18, 2013 at 16:13

Pah you'll love it when apple put it in your iphone 7s.. ;)

Can't imagine spending £50ish on a charging plate, maybe if they get to sensible levels it's handy for bedside table charging and possibly useful in a car. Charging in shops and restaurants seems bad idea as will lead to more forgotten phones..
2m charge range does sound better for sure though

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 18, 2013 at 16:23

Erm, N2 and S3 both have the pins required for wireless charging, Samsung just never released the battery covers or charging dock needed for wireless charging. How is this S4 apparently different (apart from Samsung's failure to release the correct accessories)?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 18, 2013 at 17:36

3 years + after the first Pre...................................................
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still unexciting.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 18, 2013 at 18:22

3 years + after the first Pre...................................................
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still unexciting.

True and I agree. It's not even wireless, the dock still needs plugging in and the phone has to be in contact with the dock. Also, it's no more practical than a Mirco USB charger, in fact, at least you can pick a phone up and use it whilst it's charging via a cable, you can't do that with "wireless" charging.

roly  Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:01

what happened to the S3 wireless charging ?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:39

3 years + after the first Pre...................................................
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still unexciting.

True and I agree. It's not even wireless, the dock still needs plugging in and the phone has to be in contact with the dock. Also, it's no more practical than a Mirco USB charger, in fact, at least you can pick a phone up and use it whilst it's charging via a cable, you can't do that with "wireless" charging.
Excellent point.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 19, 2013 at 11:05

what happened to the S3 wireless charging ?
The required accessories were never released.

Pondlife  Jan. 19, 2013 at 12:11

Sounds like something third party companies could have done, guess they don't see much/any money in it

socialjeebus  Jan. 19, 2013 at 14:45

My Optimus LTE 2 has wireless charging, never used it as I didn't shell out for a charging mat.

The only real application I can see is for coffee shops, subway stations, airports, etc to replace their existing public chargers into a more convenient form.

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