Samsung’s wireless charger for the Galaxy S3 (and Galaxy S4?) could finally become reality

February 11, 2013
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Samsung qi wireless charger

Wireless charging is one of the technologies that we all know should hit it big, but, for some reason, fail to become a household name. We’ve ranted about Google’s failure to bring the Orb Nexus 4 charger to market, but truth is Samsung hasn’t been doing much better. Case in point, the wireless charging plate for the Galaxy S3 that Samsung announced back in May 2012, but never hit the market.

The folks at Samsung may be fans of the “better late, than never” adage, because the Korean company is apparently preparing to introduce the wireless charger to the US market. We know this thanks to a set of documents that FCC released as part of its testing procedure. The wireless charging plate is designed to work with the Samsung Galaxy S3 (with a special backplate in place) and is compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard.

FCC published photos of the device, which looks exactly like the press images that Samsung teased at the Galaxy S3 launch event. From a technical perspective, the charger is a simple device, featuring inside a copper coil, a control board, and a LED indicator. Details are scarce for now, but with the Mobile World Congress just around the corner, we expect to find more soon.

samsung wireless charger inside

It’s worth noting that rumors indicate the Galaxy S4 will also be compatible with the Qi standard, meaning there’s a good chance customers will be able to use the plate to charge both the Galaxy S3 and its successor. The Galaxy S4 is rumored to be announced in March, with a launch as soon as April.

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