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Samsung Galaxy S3 - Wireless Charging Dock Coming Next Month

Andrew Williams


Wireless charger
Wireless charger

A wireless induction charger for the Samsung Galaxy S3 is said to be primed for a launch next month. Get ready to chuck away that microUSB cableā€¦

The wireless charger for the Samsung Galaxy S3 was shown-off at the phone's launch back in May, but it is still to land on shelves. However, according to PocketNow, it should arrive next month - in time for the reported September 12 launch of the iPhone 5 perhaps?

Using a wireless charger lets you forget about the annoyance of cables - and never being able to find the right one if you're anything like us - but you will need to slap a different battery cover on your Samsung Galaxy S3 for it to work. However, as an official accessory it shouldn't change the current curves of the phone too much.

A wireless charger was put forward as a big attraction of the Palm Pre, which was seen as a potential iPhone and Android rival back in 2009. But the phone was such as commercial flop that most people have forgotten it ever existed. Could those Palm Pre memories have put the bigger names off this wireless induction tech ever since?

That said, if you own an electric toothbrush there's a good chance you already own an inductive charging device - Philips and Oral B toothbrushes have used the tech for years. Third-party wireless inductive chargers are also readily available, most notably the Powermat, but have largely failed to capture the public's interest.

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August 3, 2012, 6:17 pm

I'm using a Powermat to charge my S3 but it's a bit clumsy having to use the external puck.

Hopefully I'll be able to buy just the back and use my existing mat.

Brian Carter

August 3, 2012, 6:49 pm

Wireless charging is definitely the way forward. It was great on my Pre. It was just a shame the Pre was made of plastic with a fiddly keyboard, very few apps and an inability to receive phone calls.

With the iPhone's ability to sync wirelessly and use Airplay, one could almost be surprised that there is still a dock on the iPhone. True, accessories would be tricky to plugin and cheap car chargers would be non-existent but I don't see why that would stop Apple.

They would probably add a port to an Apple TV and say that if you want to connect anything to the iPhone connect it to the Apple TV and you're done.


August 5, 2012, 11:52 pm

My iPhone charges wirelessly. I did the hack myself and find it very convenient! Coupled with wireless sync, I'm about done with wires. Lol.

Here's a link to the video I posted on youtube to demonstrate it:

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