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Samsung wireless charging pad visits FCC

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We have a lot of upcoming high end devices and manufacturers are trying to stuff in as many features as possible in order to make their offering an attractive one. Samsung’s most awaited upcoming phone is the flagship Samsung Galaxy S IV, the sequel of Samsung Galaxy S3 which is still a hot product.

The upcoming device is anticipated to be equipped with hardware that will give the competition a hard time to market their devices. One of the features that will obviously make to the S IV is wireless charging. Several phones in the market already come with wireless charging technology and even the S IV will be coming. According to various sources, the S IV will be equipped with the hardware that is compatible with Qi standard which has been developed by Wireless Power Consortium. All the smartphones in the market which are currently available in the US market are Qi standard compatible, which means that you can use the induction charger from some other manufacturer to charge your Qi compatible device.

A wireless charging pad by Samsung has surfaced at the FCC, which means the manufacturer is likely to launch it in the market very soon. There are no details about what device it is meant for, but it has a curve which resembles the body of Galaxy S III or Note II. The upcoming device is the S IV, and it may have curved body and this charger may be the wireless charger for S IV, but that’s just a guess.

Under the plastic, there is an electromagnet which is the main component of the whole charging process. Within the smartphone, there will be a coil which will receive the electricity using induction principle and the circuit is connected to the battery which will ultimately charge the phone. There’s no magic involved and the technology has been available in consumer products for decades now. Chinese branded electric trimmers used to have induction charging capability long ago, and now they have very efficient ones.

Charging your phone without any cables is definitely interesting and with more and more manufacturers adopting the Qi standard, the market will be soon flooded with 3rd party wireless chargers that are compatible with various devices. It should be noted that wireless charging pad will be optional and will cost significant amount of money. The Lumia 920 which was launched few months back also comes with wireless charging capability (Qi standard), and if you have noticed, if you buy the 920 directly from AT&T, you are eligible for a free wireless charging pad which otherwise costs $50 when bought separately, and the device itself costs $100 from the carrier on a 2 year contract. Perhaps carriers may bundle wireless charger with upcoming Galaxy S IV too, but I’m sure that it won’t be part of the retail pack.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV is expected to come with 5” 1080p display and amazing performance. What are your thoughts on S IV and this wireless charger? Let us know!

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