Since past last year, it was being communicated that the upcoming Galaxy S4 would have some sort of wireless charging system. Well, Samsung announced the fabled device earlier this month, but unfortunately wireless charging feature is still an untold story.
Samsung says that the device has built in wireless charging capability, but it is up to network providers to fully utilize. Anyways, at New York event, the company displayed some of the upcoming accessory to be used with the device. And wireless charging was one among them. That point of time, the tech vendor didn't elaborate much about how wireless charging will function.
Now latest reports from China (via CNMO) , claim that the device will function only if you have a special back cover used alongside wireless charging tray. So, in nutshell the fitted back cover found on the Samsung Galaxy S4 would not be used. Hence, purchasing a special wireless charging compatible back cover is needed by all means. Samsung has already listed wireless charging pad on its official site. As of now, Samsung has yet to share specifically about the procedure followed during wireless charging.
The device will land up in India around second week of May, 2013. Nokia, the Finnish giant, has already launched wireless charging supported Lumia 920 late last year. These days all new flagship devices have such novel feature.
Samsung is already a member of Wireless Power Consortium. The organization sets standard for wireless charging developments. Qi wireless charging tech is the most recognized standard followed globally. There are over 138 members that make Wireless Power Consortium. It is said that Apple is also planning to include wireless charging in the next version of iPhone. Apple is not a member of Wireless Power Consortium.
"The Galaxy S4 is the latest addition to the rapidly expanding Qi ecosystem of mobile devices, charging accessories, charging locations, and consumer electronics with an installed base of more than 15 million units." , according to Wireless Power Consortium.
It is said that there are around 10 million Qi-enabled devices in use. Samsung has a chance to popularize wireless charging feature via Galaxy S4. Stay tuned to GizBot.