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Samsung wireless charging post prepares the way for sealed Galaxy S6

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Samsung has dropped the biggest hint yet that the Samsung Galaxy S6 won't feature a removable battery.

Many of the rumours surrounding the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 - and there are a fair few - suggest that it will launch on March 1 with a completely sealed (and primarily metal) body.

While this will sound like a pretty normal design decision to Apple and HTC fans, it's almost sacrilegous for die-hard Samsungites. Part of the appeal of Samsung's functional designs has always been that you can remove the rear cover and replace the battery, enabling you to carry a spare on long journeys.

As if to engage with and pre-empt this brewing controversy without directly confirming anything, Samsung has released a curious blog post on the history of the wireless charging standard.

Spanning from 1891 and Nikola Tesla's invention of inductive charging right up to the three wireless charging standards of today, the post is clearly paving the way for Samsung's next generation of phones.

The post features a section called "Samsung's Commitment to a Wireless Future," which specifically talks about the work Samsung has done in the field. It claims to have helped make the technology faster, cheaper, and more compact than ever.

Samsung then goes on to predict that 2015 will be "A landmark year for smartphone wireless charging," with facilities spreading into public spaces.

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The final sentence of the piece seals the deal: "With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before."

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S6 will almost certainly feature wireless charging. But the subtext of this appears to be that the phone won't need a removable battery as a result.

aeonturnip

February 17, 2015, 10:56 am

I don't see any hint at all, subtextual or otherwise, that this implies a move away from replaceable batteries.

There are two reasons to swap out batteries - firstly, when one is empty and you don't have a recharge facility so you carry a spare; and secondly because the capacity of the battery has degraded with age and you need to permanently swap it out with a new one.

Wireless charging only caters for the first of these, not the second - in fact, it may even degrade batteries more often if they get charged to full regularly or get warm during the charging process (http://batteryuniversity.co...

I hope that Samsung don't go down the Apple road of moving to fixed batteries - phones are getting to the point where the difference between generations is smaller and smaller and therefore you might choose to keep a phone for a few years, and then the battery becomes the limiting factor which would force you to spend £500+ rather than £10 on a new battery.

pablouk

February 17, 2015, 1:48 pm

No sale then

Nikola Tesla

March 8, 2015, 2:30 am

Nikola Tesla Wardenclyffe Tower patent US Patent # 649621 A, has hundreds of referring patents from surgical devices to wireless non-radiative power transmission (just in the last 5 years). Including a January 13th 2015 US Patent # 8,933,594 Witricity Corporation for Wireless energy transfer for vehicles. Tesla's patent was filed in February of 1900 as an "Apparatus for the Transmission of Electrical Energy". As of 2008, it is now being used for cancer and tumor treatments, using Electrical Ablation Devices, and procedures known as radio-frequency ablation, US Patent 8,114,072 B2 instead of surgery. (The Witricity patent also refers to Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower US Patent #787,412, filed in 1905 as the "Art of transmitting electrical energy through the natural mediums." and Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower US Patent # 1,119,732 filed May 4, 1907 as an "Apparatus for transmitting electrical energy.")

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