We had high hopes for Samsung’s Galaxy S III embracing wireless charging technology, but it ultimately feel short of our expectations, offering such abilities only through the use of alternate back plates available from other companies. Since it launched, we’ve seen wireless charging becoming more and more mainstream, arriving fully-integrated on phones like the Nexus 4, and now we’re getting the feeling that Samsung could finally be ready to get serious about it too, with a Samsung wireless charging pad showing up at the FCC.
The FCC docs are pretty substantial, including a whole bunch of photos, both internal and external, as well as a short manual. This pad will apparently be Qi-compatible, and though test photographs show it operating with a Galaxy S III with one of those optional charging backs, the pad looks large enough to work just fine with Note-sized models.
The question is now, which will be the first Samsung phones to support this pad out-of-the-box. The Galaxy S IV? Maybe the Note III? Could this be the start of seeing wireless charging on all of Samsung’s higher-end models?