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OnePlus doesn’t believe wireless charging is all that important

by Justin Herrick | May 23, 2018May 23, 2018 8:00 am EST

Most flagships let you charge without any wires, but the OnePlus 6 sticks to the old-fashioned way of getting juice.

OnePlus recently introduced its latest flagship with cutting-edge technology in almost every area but left out wireless charging. The OnePlus 6 switches from an all-metal design to a mostly-glass design. Although the frame is still made from aluminum, the entire back is made from glass.

The opportunity was there to include something popular, and OnePlus didn’t take the open shot. Along with looking more stylish, glass enables wireless charging as well. Yet here we are seeing OnePlus completely ignored that.

Here’s the brief statement Business Insider was given on this matter:

“We don’t really feel the need to add wireless charging. We’re not going to add a feature just for the sake of it.”

OnePlus doesn’t think wireless charging is necessary despite the technology gaining traction beyond the mobile industry.

Accessory makers are profiting from it being present on the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and Galaxy S9. Wireless charging pads are also appearing on furniture and in cars, so it’s tough to understand how OnePlus came to the conclusion that people aren’t asking for it.

More than anything else, the omission probably involves cost. The pieces necessary for wireless charging would’ve made the OnePlus 6 pricier for consumers, and this is already the most expensive product ever released by OnePlus.

The OnePlus 6 does, however, ship with fast-charging technology. OnePlus says you should get “a day’s power in half an hour.” By charging the OnePlus 6 for 30 minutes, you should be good for hours to come. Maybe that’s a decent tradeoff if you’re not into wireless charging, but still it’s strange for OnePlus to omit wireless charging at this time.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...