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OnePlus 5T won’t have wireless charging

by Justin Herrick | November 8, 2017November 8, 2017 2:30 pm PST

Prior to next week’s unveiling, OnePlus has been sharing bits and pieces of what its next high-end phone will be like. Recently we learned the OnePlus 5T will still have a headphone jack unlike a growing number of flagships, and today we’re finding out something about charging. Loyalists won’t mind; however, it’s those who don’t normally buy from OnePlus that’ll find a problem with the announcement.

The OnePlus 5T will not support wireless charging. Instead you’ll be forced to charge the phone with a wire as you do with every other mobile device on the market.

OnePlus explains itself with two reasons. The first is that Dash Charge, its proprietary charging technology, outperforms wireless charging. While the in-house solution achieves 20 watts of power, wireless charging pads reach just 15 watts of power. The company goes on to note you also have to position your phone perfectly to reach maximum output. With Dash Charge, you simply connect your phone to a wall outlet uses OnePlus’ cable and adapter to get “a day’s power in half an hour.”

The second reason provided by the company is practicality. If you want to play a game or watch a video, you can’t exactly do that while your phone is on a wireless charging pad. Just bring the cable and adapter with you and you’re prepared to charge at any time.

OnePlus finished its forum post with this:

“We considered bringing this technology onboard, but we chose not to. Because it comes down to whether the solution actually brings a better experience. We’ll consider adopting the wireless charging technology when the time is right. Until then, we’ll stick to Dash Charge.”

So there it is. OnePlus won’t be introducing wireless charging this year for the OnePlus 5T. It could happen in 2018, but the company needs to see advancements in the technology to implement it.

In case you forgot, the OnePlus 5T will be announced on November 16 in New York City.


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