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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