HTC reveals why the U12+ skipped wireless charging

HTC reveals why the U12+ skipped wireless charging
HTC has revealed why it chose to skip wireless charging with the HTC U12+. After previously explaining its eyebrow-raising name choice for its latest flagship, the Taiwan-based company has now gone on to reveal the thought process behind yet another controversial decision, the omission of wireless charging in its latest flagship.

Despite the tech gradually becoming standard in the premium smartphone segment, HTC ultimately chose to skip wireless charging when it came to its newest offering, revealing that it doesn’t believe the benefits are sufficient enough. Specifically, in order to include the technology, the HTC U12+ would need to be much thicker than it already is or, alternatively, the size of the battery pack would need to be decreased. In addition, HTC also listed the slow speed of the technology as another deciding factor, stating that traditional fast charging methods are quicker and much more efficient. Furthermore, the Taiwan-based brand also views the need to physically place the phone down on a surface as a significant drawback for wireless charging methods. Despite the lack of support in the HTC U12+, though, it’s worth noting that the brand has certainly not ruled out the technology entirely, explaining that it will consider including it in future devices.

As a bonus for future owners of its current HTC U12+ flagship, however, the brand has included support for Qualcomm’s newest Quick Charge 4.0 technology, something that is only compatible with a select number of devices such as the Razer Phone and Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 8. Nevertheless, a third-party accessory will need to be purchased in order to take advantage of it – the charger included in the box only supports Quick Charge 3.0.

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U12+
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(23.8h 3G talk time)

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41 Comments

1. Foxgabanna

Posts: 607; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I really think HTC has a hit on their hands with this. I really like the design, flat screen, and the bareness of HTC skins. The phone has what everybody usually goes for which is the camera. And as for wireless charging, I don't really use it much anyway on my S9 or iPhone X because it takes considerably longer than just plugging it in. At least we have fast charge 4.0

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6824; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I use wireless charging everywhere. I like having 2 options for charging...but that's just my preference.

25. P-YWS

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Wireless charging is very un-green. No matter how you look at it, plugging first a charger into the wall outlet, then connecting the tip of the charger to the wireless transmitter pad, then transmitting the energy through the air to the receiver coil in your smartphone wastes so much energy and fossil fuel. In contrast, connecting the tip of the fast charger which is standard with every high-end smartphone (except Apple because it prefers to rip you off with another sale) is fast and 'greener'. If you embrace a green environment and less carbon emission, get rid of the "slow charging" wireless charging pad as quick as possible.

2. tywanjames

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Bulls**t. The U11+ and some of their previous phones had wireless charging. They just didn't want to spend the money. And why in the hell is the phone so thick for anyway?

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The U11+ did not have wireless charging. Per the Verge review: “HTC also missed an opportunity to build out its credentials as a leader in battery life by adding wireless charging to the U11 Plus, instead making do with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3 fast-charging tech.”

7. tywanjames

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

My bad. I saw the clear back version and assumed it was wireless charging coils. It's for the NFC. Well the DNA had wireless charging......

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2448; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It’s all good. But yes it seems that even when the HTC 10 was released there wasn’t wireless charging and they said the exact same thing then: “once it comes faster we’ll be on it.” So at least they’re being consistent.

8. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Saving some money on development factored in, I'm sure -- but I agree with their stated reasoning personally. I used wireless charging very seldomly on the first phone I owned that had it, and have been using quick charging exclusively ever since. Quick charging is far more convenient with the current inefficiency of wireless charging, if you ask me.

33. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

None of htc previous phones had wireless charging Oh yes .. The phone would become thicker with wireless charging

38. Gadgetex

Posts: 199; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

It's not thick.. Better and louder speakers require more thickness for better sound quality and louder output. I would rather it be a little thicker with better sound quality and longer battery life over a thinner smartphone with less battery life and lower audio output.

42. tywanjames

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

It is too thick. There are phones with loud stereo speakers and bigger batteries that are thinner and have more features, including a headphone jack. Stop making excuses for them.

4. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

In other words: We cheaped out, but are still charging an absolute premium price, and here's our spin doctor reason why.

34. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Nobody told you to buy their phones anyway. Their explanation is genuine by the way. Instead of putting a phone on a table, you just put it on a charging pad but you cant move it what is the huge advantage of the current silly wireless charging technology !

36. Subie

Posts: 2388; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

IMO HTC's explanation is as Genuine as Apple's was when they tried to sell their phone throttling as a "feature". I can tell by your avatar that you're triggered by my comment, and for that I'm sorry. But "spinning" is just something marketing departments do when faced with questions like: why are you omitting features? They all do it when needed.

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

The reasoning for not including wireless charging is just ridiculous. First OnePlus and now HTC. Why make your phone have a glass back then???

9. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

From a flagship product perspective, sure it makes sense to give user all the possible features. But I actually agree with them. I stopped using wireless charging with my first phone that had it, because it's far less convenient than quick charging to me. Also, if it leaves less room for the battery, I'd definitely rather have a bigger battery.

26. P-YWS

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Why is "not including wireless charging" ridiculous? On the contrary, "including wireless charging" is absolute a waste of money (a redundant function which can be served much better with the included fast charger) and a waste of energy/fossil fuel (so inefficient). Please don't be fooled by the merchandisers whose most interest is to tempt you to buy up!

6. notfair

Posts: 755; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

If you pay a premium price then offer everything even if the user doesn't use it, you cheaped out. Shame

10. rabramson2443 unregistered

I never understood the love of wireless charging. It's is much slower than wired charging, heats the battery significantly higher than standard charging and requires a separate charging pad for an additional cost. Current phones are more than able to last a full day on a charge. I welcome your comments.

15. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

"Current phones are more than able to last a full day on a charge." ..... Which is exactly why ive used wireless charging on my s7 around 99% of the time. Theres nothing easier than just setting it on a stand at night and having it fully charged again the next morning.

27. P-YWS

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Instead of using the wireless charging which is so un-green, you will be a much better world citizen by using either the slow charger standard with iPhones and all the low-end smartphones, or the fast charger standard with every high-end smartphones including your S7.

35. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

You said S7 ?? Your phone should be DEAD by now hahaha Why are you so lazy to plug the charger instead of putting the phone on the pad. .. Is it that silly?

40. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Is setting it on a pad at night easier than grabbing a cable and plugging it in? It's a simple yes or no...

11. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

The solution for those who want a wireless charger is, (since you will be putting a cases in it anyway).. Buy a $7.00 Qi Wireless Charging Receiver... It's that simple..

16. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Youve missed the point entirely. It's like selling a v6 mustang for the price of a v8 camaro and saying "the solution for those that want a v8 engine is just buying a v8 crate engine and installing it... it's that simple"

17. viandrona

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 03, 2016

I didn't know you could use a car without an engine... Live and learn, I guess...

21. izim1

Posts: 1600; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Who said anything about using a car without an engine? Apparently what you dont know, is basic reading comprehension. Want to try again? Go ahead and give it another try... im sure you can work it out

12. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I agree with them, but not entirely. When you wash an IP68 phone (I wash my G6 quite often) you can't charge it for several hours. So Wireless charging would be very useful then. Right now my battery is empty and I can't charge because of the wet usb C port. I really wish it had wireless charging right now.

22. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

The G6 has wireless charging

23. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Not all units, region dependent

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