Early this week I read somewhere that Apple’s next iPhone, iPhone 5S will feature wireless charging. Interestingly, there have been rumors for several weeks now on the features of Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV,oOne of the most talked about being wireless charging – but unfortunately, it may not be in-built.
When Samsung announced the Samsung Galaxy S3 last year, they promised that wireless support would follow but eventually they failed to deliver on their promise. What is unclear is why Samsung did not equip the device with wireless charging but it may be available as an add-on. According to Digitimes.com, Samsung is going to equip their next smartphone with a Qi wireless charging standard. This is more practical especially since other high end smartphones recently entering the market including HTC’s Droid DNA and HTC One, Google’s and LG’s Nexus 4 and Nokia Lumia 920 came with wireless Qi charging standard out-of-the-box. Wireless charging has not really been widely adopted but it’ quickly being adopted. The main reason why the Qi wireless charging technology is very popular is because it does not require any additional kits to enable wireless charging on the phone.
The rumor that Samsung Galaxy SIV would come with in-built wireless charging technology is very good news to those awaiting the gadget but with the hope that they will not need to buy any extra accessories or kits. The rumor in digitimes however goes ahead to state that Samsung’s wireless charging technology may require buyers to buy a wireless charging kit – a lot like the wireless charging kit of the Galaxy S3.
The wireless charging kit that will come with the S4 is most likely to have a separate back plate that replaces the stock plastic back plate that the S4 comes with. What is not clear though is whether buyers will have to buy the wireless charging kit separately or it will be an option when buying a new device. If the S4 comes with the Qi wireless charging standard, it means that buyers will not need to invest more cash to buy a kit and neither will they have to replace the back plate on their devices to be able to charge without the complexity of plugging in wires every time.
Samsung’s next smartphone is a high end gadget expected to come with revolutionary features and specifications including a 1.2 GHz Exynos 5 Octa 5410 quad-core processor, 2 GB RAM, up to 64 GB onboard memory with microSD card support, a 4.99 inch 1080 x 1920 Full HD 1080p PHOLED screen with floating touch technology, a 13 megapixels rear camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system and a 2,600 mAh battery.
Aside from the features and specs, Samsung is also expected to launch an array of software and phone features including smart scroll or ‘Eye Scroll’ where users can scroll the screen using their eyes.
Samsung is expected to launch the SIV on Thursday this week in New York and London. We can only wait till then to see whether these rumors are true or not.