London: Smartphone enthusiasts are waiting for big surprises with the Samsung Galaxy S4, an highly anticipated flagship phone of the South Korean firm. The Galaxy S4 has already set the tech world on fire even before its release.
Adding more to the Galaxy S4 rumours, a new report says that the next generation Galaxy S device would feature wireless charging for the first time, something that will be compatible with the Qi standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium.
“Samsung will allegedly be making a back cover with Wireless Charging support and its charging dock for the Galaxy S IV [S4], both modules will be sold separately,” SamMobile reported, citing Korean publication DDaily.
Since Galaxy S4 will apparently use Qi standard, it is likely to support any Qi compatible dock. Therefore, according to the Droid Guy, buying the dock from Samsung won’t be obligatory. “With so many devices coming with Qi wireless charging capability, soon the market will be flooded with cheap 3rd party docks.”
The DDaily report also revealed that Samsung could use a more advanced wireless charging technology called “resonant magnetic coupling,” which would allow the users to charge their Galaxy S4 from a distance of up to 2 meters.
If it turns out to be true, the new feature will give Galaxy S4 a significant edge over its rivals as the very few smartphones that currently have the wireless charging feature require to be placed within a distance of 4 centimeters away from the charging pad, Phone Arena has reported.
As SamMobile pointed out, “you won’t have to put the Galaxy S IV on top of a Wireless Charging dock. Samsung eventually gave up on this alternative method as it was too difficult to bring to market at a low-cost.”
Release date (rumours):
Samsung Galaxy S4 is likely to be released in the first quarter of 2013, Christian Post said.
According to the report — which based the claim on the hints ‘leaked’ by Samsung during a side gathering in the recently-concluded Las Vegas CES — Samsung recently showcased its smartphone with curved-display, still in concept stage, but one eye-catching presentation was a presentation that reportedly detailed the development of Super AMOLED screens that were deployed with Samsung’s high-end Galaxy devices.
Galaxy S4 features (rumours)
Exynos 5 Octa (8-Core) CPU
Mali-T658 (8-Core) GPU
4.99″ SuperAMOLED Full HD Resolution Display
2GB of RAM
13 Megapixel Rear facing Camera capable of shooting 1080p Full HD Videos at 30FPS
2 Megapixel front facing camera capable of shooting 720p HD Videos
Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box
Note: The Galaxy S4 is also rumored to run Samsung’s new Tizen OS.