Samsung’s soon-to-launch fourth flagship Galaxy smartphone will feature inductive wireless charging capabilities, sources abreast of matters claim.
According to a DigiTimes report, the Galaxy S4 will employ the Qi power interface standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), enabling the handset to be charged wirelessly via electromagnetic induction.
This is, of course, not the first time the S4 has been rumoured to feature wireless charging technology based on resonant magnetic coupling that would allow the device to be charged from a distance of up to two metres from a power transmission pad.
However, although the rumours have led us to believe this will be a built-in function of the S4, DigiTimes’ sources say that won’t be the case.
Instead, owners will be required to buy special back covers to be used with the wireless charging pad, which will presumably be sold separately too.
The sources added that Apple, which isn’t part of the consortium, is also likely to adopt wireless charging technology, but plans to develop it internally.
However, whether it will debut on the next-generation iPhone that’s mooted to land in summer remains unknown at this point.
Other major mobile manufacturers that are members of the WPC include Nokia, LG, Sony, HTC and Motorola.
Nokia has already introduced a wireless charging ‘pillow’ for its flagship Lumia range, while LG has recently announced as the world’s smallest wireless charger.