Samsung says yes to Qi wireless charging on Galaxy S4, might make it a separate purchase

March 8, 2013
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We told you in January that Samsung’s upcoming monster phone, the Galaxy S4, is likely to come with wireless charging feature, one that adheres to the Qi standard – developed by the Wireless Power Consortium – instead of using another technology that is based on resonant magnetic coupling.

Now, there’s another reason to believe that that will be the case, as DigiTimes has apparently received some tips from multiple sources within the industry that said that the flagship phone will indeed be sporting Qi-compatible wireless charger.

The only thing that hasn’t been confirmed is whether or not the Galaxy S4 will have the feature out of the box, or if it’ll be optional — with the back plate and charging pad to be sold separately. If it’s the latter, then it might come down to Samsung’s intention of keeping the device as thin as possible, as well as keeping its price down.

We’ll find out in a couple of days which route Samsung is going to take, but let’s hear it from you guys. Do you want to see the Galaxy S4 come with inductive charging-friendly back cover outright? In your opinion, is the whole thing a gimmick or a necessity? Let us know in the comments.

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