Samsung is only days away from unveiling the Galaxy S IV.
Millions of consumers have high expectations for the handset,
a Exynos 5410 quad-core 1.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP
camera and a five-inch HD display with a resolution of 1920 x
1080 pixels. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will also be included in this
highly anticipated package. If a new
is correct, the Galaxy S IV may also include wireless
According to the publication, which is famous for delivering
information from the Chinese and Taiwanese supply chains, Samsung
is "expected" to add wireless charging to its "flagship models in
While the year is young, the Galaxy S IV is likely to be the
biggest device Samsung releases. The Galaxy Note series has
become a formidable competitor, but sales of the Galaxy Note II
have not been able to compete with the
30 million Galaxy S III units
that were sold in 2012.
) was the first major manufacturer to bring wireless charging to
the masses. Battery makers have attempted to implement the
technology with various adaptors, but Nokia built it directly
into the Lumia 920. This inspired Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to
install charging plates
to its shops across the country.
Not to be outdone, Apple (NASDAQ:
) is expected to add wireless charging to at least one device
this year. DigiTimes' sources are unsure if the next-gen iPhone
-- presumably the iPhone 5S -- will include the feature. At this
point it seems premature; Apple has only just begun to switch
from the 30-pin connector to the new Lightning connector. The
company's accessory partners were then forced to adjust their
products to accommodate Apple's change. By going wireless, Apple
would require its partners to make additional changes -- even if
the Lighting connector was still available.
Right now, wireless charging is not a necessity. The
technology is still too young and too weak to change the way
people charge their devices. Instead of being able to walk around
a room while a phone charges, users must place it on or near a
charging pad (which is plugged into the wall). Thus, users are
still tethered to a power outlet.
This would be acceptable for a notebook, which is often
tethered to a desk or a user's lap. In fact, Intel (NASDAQ:
) is planning to
make use of the technology
sometime this year. However, it may not be very appealing to
smartphone users, many of which require more freedom than
wireless charging currently provides.
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