OnePlus 5T Won't Have Wireless Charging, OnePlus CEO Explains Why

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Taking to the company's forum, CEO Pete Lau has explained that while he believes wireless charging is an "exciting concept", it's not now as good as the company's wired Dash Charge.

So there you have it; OnePlus made the executive decision, based on the fact that the 5T has fast charging abilities AND Dash Charge, that adding wireless into the mix as well would be, well... merely an experiment in decadence.

Lau also illustrates two reasons on why he feel dash charge is superior and makes more sense over wireless charge, for the time being. Instead, Lau touts OnePlus' own Dash wired charging technology as the preferred choice. It juices up the phone to 60% in a half an hour. Most of the premium smartphones including Samsung Galaxy S8 series and Galaxy Note 8 features wireless charging support. Through Dash Charge, OnePlus phones can be charged with a charging output of 20W. It should be easy but there is a correct way and position to efficiently charge a smartphone with wireless charging. Until wireless charging can reach that level of speed, it will remain my less-preferred option to true fast charging. "Nice in theory, but not as simple in reality", Lau said.

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But it would also presumably push up the cost of the phone, and a relatively low price is one of the main selling points of OnePlus handsets. And you can't use your phone while it charges, since picking it up will stop the charging. As pointed out by XDA, having wireless charging could benefit a lot of users by allowing them to have short but frequent intermittent charging all throughout the day.

While eliminating the step of plugging in your phone by just putting it down onto a pad sounds great, I consider it a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. The CEO admitted that it was exciting to see technology advance from theory to implementation, but wireless charging is not able to provide a better experience just yet.

He further stated that the company may introduce the wireless charging feature when the right time arrives. Until then, we'll stick to Dash Charge.

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