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.
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.