Taiwanese media is reporting that, according to industry sources, Samsung and Apple are both planning to bless their next-generation flagship smartphones with wireless charging capabilities.
As everyone knows, Samsung’s upcoming flagship handset is the Galaxy S4 (which will be officially announced next week, on March 14, running Android Jelly Bean), while Apple’s new smartphone is the iPhone 5S / iPhone 6 – which might not hit the market until August this year.
DigiTimes says that Samsung will adopt the Qi wireless charging technology for its S4 – although the device may require an additional cover case to actually make use of that.
Samsung is a member of the Wireless Power Consortium (which developed Qi), while Apple isn’t. That’s why the Cupertino company won’t be relying on the Qi standard, but on a wireless technology developed in house. Of course, there’s still a long way until official details about the new iPhone 5S / 6 arrive, so we can’t be sure of anything for now.
Regardless of how well they’re going to integrate wireless charging technologies, the Galaxy S4 and Apple’s next iPhone will certainly be two of this year’s most wanted smartphones.
Nokia’s Lumia Windows Phone 8 handsets, as well as Android handsets from HTC, Sony and LG, already allow us to use wireless charging.
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