OnePlus 5T won’t feature wireless charging, says CEO

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has revealed that the OnePlus 5T won’t have wireless charging on board, because the firm believes Dash Charge is superior.

In a post on OnePlus’ forum, Lau explained that wireless charging won’t make an appearance on the OnePlus 5T, because it’s too restricted; it isn’t as simple as slapping a handset on a charger and letting it juice up.

For wireless charging to be convenient, there needs to be charging pads positioned around your home, which can add up to a significant expense, said Lau. You also need to ensure that the device is positioned correctly – or it won’t charge.

Dash Charge eliminates both of those problems, he added.

The main reason Lau’s team decided against wireless charging, however, is because of power consumption. Dash Charge produces an eye-watering 20 watts of power, while the best – and most expensive – wireless charging pad maxes out at 15.

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Here’s what’s strange: Lau is acting like Dash Charge and wireless charging can’t co-exist, when they can. All the firm would need to do is redesign the handset to allow rays to pass through and install a charging coil, then it would be good to go.

Remodelling a smartphone isn’t cheap, though – and we think that’s why Lau is rationalising from an either/or perspective. OnePlus wanted to keep the OnePlus 5T the same price as the OnePlus 5, but it had to reuse materials to do so.

Introducing new components and a modified frame would bump up the price.

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