The world was introduced to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S III just a few hours back. The handset has been looked forward to since a very long time and seems to live up to expectations so far. The predecessor , Samsung Galaxy S II, was an exceptionally well received handset and the S III is likely to continue to please users with both hardware and software improvements. The hardware and software features of the device have been detailed already. The phone will also come with some (optional) accessories, including a Wireless Charging Kit.
This Wireless Charging Kit is an optional extra. It consists of a specialized backplate for the Samsung Galaxy S III and a charging mat upon which the phone is placed in order to recharge. This accessory is not standard, just something you can opt for and the back cover will therefore need to be swapped with one that is compatible. This is similar to how the well loved Palm webOS models with wireless charging capabilities worked, a long time ago. The Palm Pre had a plastic backplate originally, but it had to be switched with a rubberized backplate that had a built-in conductive coil, in order to wirelessly charge it.
It is not yet clear whether this Wireless Charging Kit will recharge the device at the same rate as a regular microUSB connection. Whether it does or not, people who find wires too much of a hassle will probably prefer this accessory to dealing with wires.
Apart from this combo of a new battery cover and a desk cradle, Samsung will also issue a standard vertical charging stand. This will allow for the flagship device to be charged without any wires, conveniently.
Going wireless is a theme that has been prevalent throughout the Samsung Unpacked Event. The Korean company has also introduced AllShare, its wireless media streaming technology. AllShare Cast sends out content from the device itself, whereas AllShare Play can access files saved on other devices and allow playback and editing.
As far as the pricing of the Wireless Charging Kit is concerned it is not known yet. This is not the only accessory that Samsung is now offering. Others include an HDMI adapter that allows you to send 1080p content to your television easily; the aforementioned vertical charging stand; and rather interestingly, a tiny MP3 player called the S Pebble. As is evident from the name, this MP3 player looks like a smooth little pebble. Samsung did not go into too much detail on it, but we know that the S Pebble works with the Music Hub app that has scan and match features. A flip cover, spare battery and car dock are among the other, regular accessories.
The accessories will probably be available for purchase some time after the Samsung Galaxy S III begins shipping – that’s 29th May for Europe. It is not known when the handset will become available in the US.