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Samsung Galaxy S IV rumored to support wireless charging, dock to be sold separately

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Samsung Galaxy S IV rumored to support wireless charging, dock to be sold separately
No, the Samsung Galaxy S IV won't have a built-in laser hologram projector, nor a glasses-free 3D screen, nor an AMOLED display of the bendable kind. What the company's next flagship is a lot more likely to offer, on the other hand, is wireless charging, and Korean media DDaily is claiming that the yet-to-be-announced device will indeed support the Qi standard. Samsung will allegedly offer a module made specifically for the purpose, but will be selling it separately. The back plate containing all the necessary circuitry won't be bundled either.

It is also being said that Samsung considered using an alternative, more advanced wireless charging technology known as resonant magnetic coupling. That, in theory, would allow the Samsung Galaxy S IV to be charged from a distance of up to 2 meters. In comparison, the few smartphones that are available right now with wireless charging support require to be placed at a distance of no more than 4 centimeters away from a charging pad. Yet ultimately, Samsung gave up on the idea of using resonant magnetic coupling technology for it being too difficult to bring to market at a reasonable price.

If rumors are to be trusted, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is to be announced within a few months, with an appearance at MWC next month still not being out of the question. However, the smartphone isn't likely to be commercially available earlier than May, 2013.

source: DDaily (translated) via Android Authority

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posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:25 9

1. hung2900 (Posts: 804; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I remember that they said Galaxy S3 supports wireless charging in its annoucement.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:30 2

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You can buy special back cover for Samsung Galaxy S III.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 11:18 5

36. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


It's not official.. and increase thickness.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 11:54 2

38. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Yeah, or else we'd be having something bulky and heavy, like the lumia 920

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:33 8

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


I remember galaxy s3 is rumored to have 13mp camera, made in ceramic, 1080p super-amoled+ and less than 8mm thick....

I guess rumors is just rumors lol

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:36 1

8. AstronautJones (Posts: 271; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


But the Galaxy SIII wireless charging was announced by SAMSUNG. Not a rumor. Still in development, I guess. You can get aftermarket wireless charging if so inclined...
Don'tsee the point myself .

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:19 7

20. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4184; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


It's not going to be a rumor. My HTC Droid DNA can be charged wirelessly. I have been doing it for almost 2 months now. Samsung would be CRAZY not to add this feature.

Dude my HTC Droid DNA is such a GREAT phone. Everything from the 1080p HD screen/quad-core performance, to the wireless charging I have been enjoying since Nov. 2012. I love that I am an early adopter. The HTC Droid DNA is a preview of what will be standard features in 2013. lol

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:25 9

24. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


You still have VERY POOR battery life.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 11:23 1

37. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


If compared to my Note 2 then your correct.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 12:53 2

42. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4184; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


What do you know about the HTC Droid DNA? You have busted a$$ T-Mobile. Just so you know my HTC Droid DNA gets battery life comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S III ALL on Verizon's BEST in the WORLD 4G LTE.

Get a clue before you speak about poor battery life.

Also you have a poor 720p screen on your Samsung Galaxy Note II. lol

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:39

27. Whateverman (Posts: 3224; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Thanks for the mini review, I was gonna ask what you thought of the DNA. I wanted a Note2, but VZW has butcher the phone so mercilessly I thought about leaving to get one from Sprint or T Mobile. I still may do that because VZW's new pay more, get less approach just isn't something I can deal with anymore. But if I had to stay, I was thinking the DNA would be a good choice. Im just not sure how I feel about giving up expandable memory and unlimited data to get this phone.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 11:58

39. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


On t-mobile you're going to get your money's worth, for 20 $ all you can eat data, 5 $ for unlimited texting, compared to Verizon is a killer deal, with sprint you pay more and get less, their 3G is a joke of network

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 12:58

43. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4184; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have a 64GB Flash Drive that works GREAT on my HTC Droid DNA. All my movies are there. I also have the whole Looney Tunes Golden Anniversary set, all 30GB's on my Flash Drive & it works flawlessly. Plus the Batman Trilogy (Christian Bale) some Resident Evil Movies, Transformers the Movie '86 & the Aliens Anthology. Plus I also have 2 more 32GB Flash Drives. lol

Storage for me is not that big of an issue.

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 01:54

56. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


You done yet? has a high resolution display, get over it, its just a phone and in about 1 month it will be old news.

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 06:32

58. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4184; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ok. lol

Your point is? Thank you "Super" Mario1017. You have been most insightful. lol

Still doesn’t change the fact that the HTC Droid DNA has raised the bar & set forth what is expected to be in the HIGH-END smartphone here in the U.S.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:41 1

13. Diego! (Posts: 507; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


I remember that too. What happened to it? Does it support wireless charging?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 10:12

31. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


It has wireless charging support built in...samsung were suppose to release a back cover which would allow it...the tech is already in the s3...you can buy a 3rd party back cover which supports wireless charging though a samsung official one wouldnt be bad...my guess they will release it after the s4 to boost sales of the s3 again.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 12:12 1

41. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Galaxy SIV without wireless charging would be a sad surprise but having this in it is as expected as having latest Android key lime pie 5.0

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:25 6

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Wireless charging is pretty useless.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:35

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


Eventhough I decided to get lumia, I will refuse to get wireless charging... I don't want to say hello to cancer :p

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:39 2

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I'm pretty sure that you won't buy Nokia Lumia 920 or Sony Xperia Z or that you even have iPhone 5. ;)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:40

12. wendygarett (unregistered)


What makes you so sure? :)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:10 13

18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


In one article you were claiming that you will definitely buy Sony Xperia Z as your next phone and now in this article you say that you have decided to get Lumia and I already saw that many, many time with different devices so I'm not looking at you seriously anymore.
Or for example in some articles you say "Apple take my money" in other articles you say "Never pay to Apple a single cent" and so on an on...
So in my opinion you are just talking that you want this or that or you have this or that, but in reality you are nor thinking to get something, nor have something, nor whatever else just trolling around and empty talking. ;)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 16:54

48. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Lol. Heh

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 01:57

57. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Are you really that dumb? Might as well call wifi a cancer causer.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:37

9. hung2900 (Posts: 804; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Or maybe you can charge it throught both ways and reduce the battery charging time? Reduce the battery age also.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:22

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"Or maybe you can charge it throught both ways..."

I don't think that it is good idea.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:35

25. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


'...and reduce the charging time' he says, haha...that's something funny i haven't heard in a while.
Hung2900, if what you said won't have harmed phones in anyway, you would have seen mobile phones with multiple charging holes in your device...

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:04

51. AWiseGuy (Posts: 68; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


That doesn't work. The phone will preferentially charge through the wire rather than the inductive charger. I know this because I decided to try it with my own phone. You can't "double charge," as I guess you could call it.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:32

4. emadshiny (Posts: 1135; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


they abandoned good ideas like bendable screen and stick to useless one like distance charging.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:35

6. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


That's given.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:37 1

10. VLaRueC (Posts: 121; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Wireless charging is great! I rank it right up there as one of the best features ever invented.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:41 1

14. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I respect your opinion, but could you explain me from your own position, what is so great in wireless charging?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:06

17. VLaRueC (Posts: 121; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Convenience is my most obvious. In my experience, Palm had it right with their version due to the way it adhered the phone to the charger (touchstone). The Lumia 920 I have doesn't have the magnets but it stays put just fine. When I get in bed, the phone gets placed down and behind charging. No need to fumble around with a cord to find a little hole when I'm dozing off. Now if the phone is dying, and you want to plug it in and continue playing with it, that's a legit excuse to have a wired charger. Then again, the Lumia it's going to die anyway if it's critically low.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:20 1

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"No need to fumble around with a cord to find a little hole when I'm dozing off."

I agree with that 100%, it is convenient that you don't have to fumble with cord, but in my opinion it is the only one advantage of wireless charging and everything else is just disadvantages.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:49

29. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


For now, maybe, it has many disadvantages. But it won't have as much soon enough...like how Samsung had thought of using a more advanced wireless charging technology, like charging the phone even meters away, it won't be bad as it is now.
And about the health issues, i'm sure there'll be safety measures taken for it if it runs major.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 10:08

30. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


We all free to use microwave ovens even if we still know about the harm to our health.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:35 4

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


1. Wireless charging is slower than usual.
2. Using wireless charging you are just wasting some % of energy.
3. Wireless charging is not good for your health.

And if you want charge and use your phone at the same time, chargint through cord is the only one solution to do that since wireless charging range is only few millimeters.
And if you want convenience and don't want to fumble with cord, you can use usual charging dock, I think is much better solution than wireless charging.

Anyway, it is just mine opinion. :)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:43

15. specialedition99 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


What are you going to do with speed or screen seize or wireless charging. No one points out the issues with these phones. The memos cannot sync and u need to to make a backup overtime , when your scrolling through pages , u need to double tap or scroll up all the way. Memos cannot sync via outlook. Either u Ned to download third party app or make a backup overtime. These basic things , get them sorted out. It all pomp no show.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 08:59

16. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


I had wireless charging in my old HTC Thunderbolt and never really used it, i still got the charging pad but i won't bother getting the back cover for the Galaxy S3

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:15

19. ryq24 (Posts: 507; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


phone makers are running out of ideas!

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:24 6

23. RohanM (Posts: 132; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


instead of charging innovations they should invent long long lasting batteries.... stupid feature...

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 09:44

28. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Dirty electricity causes diabetes. So more money for Pharma companies and more health issues for users of this 2 m charging concept :(

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 10:17

32. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Oh, dear! First they copied Apple, now Nokia. Samsung - you can only sue them. :)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 10:55 3

33. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Taco, you back?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 11:02 1

34. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Powermat launched first wireless charging device in 2009. They also copied Nokia? Just asking .... :)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 11:10 1

35. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Wireless charging for smartphones is nothing new, people was making own wireless charging systems even before they were announced by samrtphone manufacturers.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 12:02 2

40. ubuntu (Posts: 40; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


xperia z all the way for sure

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 19:09 1

53. pyradark (Posts: 775; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


AGREE!!! Speed & Power VS. Beauty & Edurance

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 13:40

44. VLaRueC (Posts: 121; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Palm was the first manufacturer in the US to embed wireless charging onto the back of the phone. Powermat required a special adapter to plug in. In my opinion, there isn't one disadvantage of wireless charging that can't be countered by an advantage. Even a dock argument is week considering most docks require the phone to be without a case to work. Not to mention, the connectors could wear out with all the connecting and disconnecting. I can also lay my phone sideways on my charging pad which gives me a choice. Cradles don't. One last point, Intel once powered a light bulb from 3 feet away from its power source. Think this form of wireless energy is a disadvantage?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 14:20

45. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


" In my opinion, there isn't one disadvantage of wireless charging that can't be countered by an advantage."

1. Wireless charging is not good for your health. Is it advantage?

2. Using wireless charging you are just wasting some % of energy. Is it advantage?

3. Wireless charging is slower than usual. Is it advantage?

4. You are unable to properly use and charge your phone at the same time. Is it advantage?

"Even a dock argument is week considering most docks require the phone to be without a case to work."

I agree with that, but case also suppress power transfer's productivity and then you are wasting even more % of power! Also case can be to thick and wireless charging just won't work at all.

"Not to mention, the connectors could wear out with all the connecting and disconnecting."

For example look at Sony Xperia Z, on the side you will see special connection for a charging dock, how in your opinion it can wear out?
Also it is still not a fact because it may wear out but also may not wear out!

"One last point, Intel once powered a light bulb from 3 feet away from its power source."

Tesla also made experiments with wireless power transfer, so what?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 15:56

46. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I can counter every one of your disadvantages...

1. The act of breathing is even hazardous to your health these days.

2-4. You can still charge the phone with a wired connection.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 16:16

47. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"1. The act of breathing is even hazardous to your health these days."

Don't need to be off-topic, we were talking about usual charging versus wireless charging! And wireless charging brings more harm to your health than usual charging. Fact!

"2-4. You can still charge the phone with a wired connection."

I don't say that you can't! I say that using wireless charging you are wasting some % of energy and that wireless charging is slower than usual and that you are unable to properly use and charge your phone at the same time. It is also fact!

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:44

49. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


My point is, that having wireless charging capability is not a disadvantage...ever. Your point is moot.

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 17:57

50. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"My point is, that having wireless charging capability is not a disadvantage...ever."

Of course it is not disadvantage when you have wireless charging capability along with usual charging capability because it gives you more options.
But my point is that wireless charging by itself has more disadvantages than advantages comparing with usual charging!

"Your point is moot."

For example? :)

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 18:39

52. -SEUL8TR- (Posts: 113; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)


Just leave it on charge over night, sometimes people tend to forget or become lazy, so this is "COOL"

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 09:18

60. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Your point is moot because wireless charging is not the standard... it is an extra feature. You talk like you assume that the phone can only be charged wirelessly. If you don't like it, you simply don't have to use it. So answer me this: How is it a disadvantage if you are not required to use it?

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 20:33

54. MC1123 (Posts: 1242; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


copycat...

posted on 17 Jan 2013, 23:53 1

55. VLaRueC (Posts: 121; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


Just charged my Lumia from critical to full charge on the wireless charger. No signs of sickness yet but it did take an extra five minutes to charge..

posted on 18 Jan 2013, 07:45

59. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I smell sarcasm. ;)

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