OnePlus says no to Wireless Charging, 5T will come with Dash Charge

The upcoming OnePlus 5T will be the successor to the existing OnePlus 5 and will be launching on November 16th in New York. The device is rumored to have an 18:9 ratio with thin bezels. While the rumors show a beautiful device with great features, one thing might be missing from the device, Wireless Charging. OnePlus Co-Founder Pete took OnePlus Forum to explain why OnePlus 5T won’t come with Wireless Charging and the reason is dash charging.

The company believes that dash charging technology is far better than wireless charging tech hence OnePlus has decided to skip it. Pete gave the following reasons to support their decision.

Reason 1: Wired quick charging solutions like ours clearly outshine wireless on quantitative measures. Just plug your device in, and Dash Charge produces 20 watts of power, reliably giving a day’s power in half an hour. 

Wireless charging requires you to keep your device perfectly aligned on the pad to get the advertised charging rates and energy efficiency. Some of the best wireless charging pads market the theoretical potential of 15 watts of power, but that’s only if you position your phone correctly. Wirelessly charging more than one device at a time further divides that number, leading to even slower charging per device.

Reason 2: Dash Charge gives you enough power for the day with just one charging session. All you need is the Dash Charge cable and adaptor to consistently power your device at superior rate. It doesn’t matter whether you’re gaming or streaming video. Dash Charge stays cool and power efficient. 

An attractive promise of wireless charging is that you can just set your phone down on a surface and charge. Nice in theory, but not as simple in reality. You can’t pick up your phone to game or take a photo while charging. Given present-day infrastructures, wireless charging brings more limitations than freedom. Wireless charging pads, cases, tables, and lamps – these all add up if you want to charge on the go or outfit your home for true convenience, creating constraints for the user.

Wireless charging has been around for a while now but no significant progress has been made in the area which brings another question. Is it even feasible to include wireless charging? As for OnePlus is concerned, Wireless Charging doesn’t come close to Dash Charging which is a good enough reason for the company to skip it. But Pete didn’t dismiss the idea altogether.

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 what do you guys think about this. Is Wireless Charging necessary? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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