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

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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59 Comments

1. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

36. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

It's not official.. and increase thickness.

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

8. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 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 .

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

24. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

You still have VERY POOR battery life.

37. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

If compared to my Note 2 then your correct.

42. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

27. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 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.

43. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

56. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 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.

58. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

13. Diego!

Posts: 864; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

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

31. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

41. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 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

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Wireless charging is pretty useless.

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

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

12. wendygarett unregistered

What makes you so sure? :)

18. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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. ;)

48. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Lol. Heh

57. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

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

9. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

22. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Or maybe you can charge it throught both ways..." I don't think that it is good idea.

25. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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...

51. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 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.

4. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

6. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That's given.

10. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

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

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