Samsung already has wireless charging options for phones like the Galaxy S4, but they require a separate cover that adds a slight amount of bulk. For Monster Watts, that's still too much. The company's upcoming WiQiQi charging receiver is thin enough to slip under the existing cases of both the S4 as well as the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, giving them the same Qi-based wireless power as official kits without disrupting the design or wrecking compatibility with accessories. Kits for the two phones already on the market should be available as soon as the middle of this month, with discounted early pricing for a receiver-and-charger bundle starting at $45 (normally $78) for the GS3; a WiQiQi for the GS4 won't show until around early June at a regular $88 price, although it should also start at $45 for advance buyers. Monster Watts' wire-free solution isn't seamless, but it may be one of the more elegant in an era when wireless charging is only occasionally built-in.
Monster Watts Introduces Lightweight, Paper-Thin WiQiQi Wireless Charger for Samsung Galaxy S4
NEW YORK, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Monster Watts, an innovator of power accessories for Apple and Samsung phones, is introducing the WiQiQi ultra thin wireless charger kit for the Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2.
The Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, and Note 2 are recognized as the most advanced wireless phones on the planet, and yet they still need to be plugged in to charge the battery. WiQiQi ultra thin receivers fit under the phone back covers and keep the original thin body and lightweight designs.
Wireless charging has been available for a few phones and has proven to be very useful. Users no longer forget to charge their phones or fumble with the plug at night. No more accidents from pulling the charger out of the wall to answer a call, breaking the connector, or dropping the phone.
Samsung has announced that it will have a $100 wireless charger add-on package for the S4. However, their receiver is inside a new thicker replacement back cover, which makes it probably unable to fit into most cases and docks. Other add-ons come with even bulkier cases.
In comparison, the WiQiQi receiver weighs just 1/5 of an ounce and is paper thin. It achieved this due to the thin, high-quality components and tough packaging. Unlike other receivers, the contact points are brass studs, which conduct electricity better.
The Galaxy phones have easy-to-remove back covers, and the WiQiQi receiver installation is just a simple matter of lining up the contacts next to the phone's battery. The back cover snaps back on with no added bulk.
The WiQiQi system is so convenient and easy to use because you just place the phone on top of the compact Qi standard compatible induction technology charging pad and, like magic, they will wirelessly connect and start charging right away.
The WiQiQi Wireless Chargers for the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available in mid June. Kits for the S3 and Note 2 are available mid April. The charging pads will be forward compatible with future Qi standard wireless charging enabled phones.
In an industry first, for anyone that has an S3 phone and purchases a WiQiQi S3 wireless charger set from an authorized dealer, Monster Watts will accept the WiQiQi S3 wireless receiver for trade in towards the cost of a new WiQiQi S4 wireless receiver.
WiQiQi S4 wireless receiver and charger kit. The wireless receiver comes with the matching Qi compatible wireless charging pad. Model WQS4. Retail $88.
WiQiQi S3 wireless receiver and charger kit. The wireless receiver comes with the matching Qi compatible wireless charging pad. Model WQS3. Retail $78.
WiQiQi Note 2 wireless receiver and charger kit. The wireless receiver comes with the matching Qi compatible wireless charging pad. Model WQN2. Retail $88.
Exclusive Early Bird Discount Offer
Monster Watts is offering discounted prices for Early Bird orders of the S4 kit to be delivered in early June, with prices starting at $49.99. S3 kits to be delivered in mid April will also be included in this discount offer, with prices starting at $44.99.
This discount offer is available on either www.vivealive.net or http://igg.me/at/wiqiqi and is limited to 2,000 units each.
Samsung Galaxy S 4
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