Qi wireless charging accessories will come to the Samsung Galaxy S 4

Qi wireless charging accessories will come to the Samsung Galaxy S 4
Yeah, we know. Most of you out there expected Samsung to reveal some sort of  home-grown wireless charging feature with the Samsung Galaxy S 4. After all, Sammy and Qualcomm are BFF as founding members of the Alliance for Wireless Power. They probably have a clubhouse and a secret handshake. But despite this, a press release from Qi has made it official that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will support Qi's wireless standards. That means that those who want to charge their Samsung Galaxy S 4 without a wire will have to resort to purchasing a new backplate, and if you don't already own one, a Qi supported charging pad.

The great thing about Qi related accessories is that they are compatible with Qi supported products made by a host of companies. More than 130, actually. Qi's release didn't mention a price or availability date, but it did note that the feature was demonstrated at Samsung Unpacked 2013. More than 170 Qi related products have been made and McDonalds, as we recently told you, is looking into the idea of bringing wireless charging onto its restaurants with a test being conducted in Europe.

Maybe you're disappointed that no native wireless charging solution was offered for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, maybe you're not. The bottom line is that this option will be available for those who want to cut the last cord.

source: Qi via TechCrunch

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13 Comments

1. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Samsung is in a nice position where companies like Qualcomm and Qi brag that Samsung is using their technology. And no, it is not because they are hiding something like one not so objective poster suggested int eh Qualcomm 600 GS4 article.

7. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I personally think Samsung was either afraid that it would be the subject of many complains or had the intention of adding it in too late in its production because there is no reason (maybe cost) to exclude wireless charging from the base device. Its a great technology.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No I doubt it. They bragged about in the GS3 presentation but that one was super long. You knew if they added it in the GS3 back plate they would do so here as well.

2. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

is it compatible with note2 or s3??

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The back plate won't fit but there is one for the GS3 in some countries. It uses the qi standard so yes the technology works but I doubt the GS4 backplate would fit on the GS3 or note 2. Different sizes and shape.

3. Pete1

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Personally I don't find wireless charging all that exciting. All of my phones have been in cases, so I would need to remove the phone from the case in addition to having a special back plate to allow it to charge.

4. themasos

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

To the best of my knowledge most phones will charge with the case still on, The Lumia 920 will charge with an Otterbox Defender on it.

6. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Who puts an otterbox defender on a Lumia 920?

10. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I have a case on my Lumia 920, which has built-in Qi charging capabilities, and it charges perfectly without removing the case. The Nokia 920 is as strong as a rock, and doesn't really need to have a protective casing, but it still helps the resale value...

12. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

also thick and heavy as rock

5. Stayfly2407

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

yup, ill be getting one. They have them for the S4 on ebay right now. Not the back but the pad it lays on.

11. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Nokia includes wireless charging on many of their Lumia products for free. I guess Samsung is feeling pretty cocky, and no longer feels the need to offer good value for the price. It kind of reminds me of another tech company that over charges for what they sell. I'm sure that nobody has ever heard of Apple...

13. ZeroCide

Posts: 812; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Careful Apple may sue!!

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