Samsung's wireless everything strategy doesn't seem to have a downside yet, but it's still early.
There are a lot of reasons to be excited about the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. The curved display on the edge and overall improved design with Samsung' latest Galaxy generation takes this brand to new heights, but more than that there's an opportunity to be truly wireless with this phone. The dual Qi/PMA charging solution baked into the back and Samsung's integrated payment solution are the closest thing to being able to comfortably leave the house with just your phone that we've seen yet. As we've seen in the forums this week, that wireless freedom raises some natural questions regarding accessories. Specifically, if you've got a thick case on your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 edge, will wireless charging or Samsung Pay even be an option.
The short answer is no, but as is often the case when things like wireless charging and digital payments are involved it's a little more complicated than that. Read our Hands On with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge for more!
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Samsung worked hard to make sure there would be plenty of "official" accessories for the Galaxy S6 available at launch, and we got a good look at what the company is planning to offer at launch when taking a look at the actual devices. All of Samsung's accessories have one thing in common — aside from having Samsung's name plastered across it somewhere — and that's the focus on thin and slim shells for all of their designs. This has just as much to do with compatibility with features as it does looking stylish, and Samsung is aware of that. Wireless charging typically need to be within a couple of millimeters in order to work correctly, and the technology that Samsung Pay is based on requires the same kind of proximity that NFC transactions need in order to function, which is usually within half an inch of the receiver.
Thicker cases are going to get in the way of either the magnetic transmission for Samsung Pay or be too thick for wireless charging transmission, but until we've spent more time with the Galaxy S6 and some of these third party cases we won't know what the actual thickness limit will be on these cases. As it is unlikely the case manufacturers will be broadcast support for wireless charging and Samsung Pay in their feature list, your best bet if these features are mission critical is to aim for either a thinner case or a bumper with screen protectors.