HTC reveals why the U12+ skipped wireless charging

HTC has explained why it chose to skip wireless charging with the HTC U12+, confirming that it believes there are too many drawbacks to the technology. After all, it would make the device thicker, it could raise the cost of the smartphone, and it deems the technology too slow...
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42 Comments

14. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

I don't understand how Samsung can pack more features in their phones and still make t over a millimeter thinner. HTC step your game up

28. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Don't you realize that 'making a thick body smartphone' is a core competence of HTC? For so many years, HTC made the thick uni-body smartphones!

19. sun0066

Posts: 266; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

That is gonna cost them a lot ,people are already spoiled and enjoying wireless charging

20. smguk

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Not really a good enough reason to say they didn't include it because they would of had to decrease battery size and or make phone thicker, Then how can Samsung make the S9 plus with the same size battery and Wireless Charging and thinner than u12+ oh and also include a headphone jack

24. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

I don't care about wireless charging or quick charging. I only need my battery to be charged at normal speed after work till 45-60%(10-12 hr day heavy use) and at night to 100% I don't want to degrade my battery fast. On the s6e and s7e the wireless charging made my phone hot so i stopped using it(got it for free with the s6e) This u12+ is pretty interesting to me but don't like the looks I'll have to check them out in real live as i want to try an htc again

29. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

A well-made quick/fast charger will not degrade the battery in your smartphone. The life of a battery depends on the number of charging cycle, not the length of period which it is charged. HTC's argument is week because the 'not so slim' body should be able to fit both a larger battery and a 3.5mm jack for audio headset (cheaper and higher fidelity than wireless version)

30. mootu

Posts: 1499; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

The number of charging cycles is only a small part of it. The biggest killer of a battery is heat, wireless charging creates large amounts of heat, and that heat is bad for any battery. Fast charging from the likes of Huawei and OnePlus keeps the heat confined to the charging brick and not the phone which is far better for the battery.

32. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Direct charging from OPPO, VIVO and Huawei may keep the heat at the charging brick. But, this comes at a price: thick and stiff and short cable between the brick and the smartphones. This is NOT user convenience. In fact, the latest fast charging mean that charging efficiency can be near 98%. In contrast to the thick/stiff/short cable for direct charging, the cable for fast charging is thinner and longer. So, think twice before committing yourself to OPPO, VIVO, and the Mate series (P and Honor supports fast charging instead, and OnePlus (a subsidiary of VIVO).

31. Jimmy3251

Posts: 7; Member since: May 24, 2018

Why does it need to be much thicker? It's just a little thin sticker behind the glass. Battery needs to be decreased? So how did Samsung pull it off? Umm there's fast wireless charging now. Don't think the benefits are sufficient enough? Tell that to the people who like it and will probably opt for another phone now, good job there HTC just alienate people and tell them what they should like, great sales pitch. HTC views the need to physically set the phone on a surface as a drawback? Those that set their phones on a propped up charging pad on a lunch break or just sitting around the office an have a few minutes to spare to watch videos TV listen to music or just to have the always on screen in front of them propped up while charging seem to find it pretty useful. What you've got is a bunch of lame excuses.

37. NiteVibe

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 26, 2018

Where can I buy a Quick Charge 4.0 charger?

39. Gadgetex

Posts: 194; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

The wireless charging thing just a gimmick. Better off with a cable. at least you can use your smartphone while charging it with a cable unlike the wireless charger where you have to set it down on a flat surface leaving you unable to use it. If you are not going to use your smartphone then it makes no difference whether it is being charged via wireless charger or cable anyways. At least with a cable you can use it and charge it at the same time. How far depends on your cable length unlike the wireless charger.

41. izim1

Posts: 1596; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Having a bigger battery is just a gimmick. If youre going to have your phone plugged in all the time while using it, what do you need a bigger battery for? May as well just use a small battery and add all the current flagship features available, with the extra internal space. At least then you can justify charging flagship prices... You see how that works?
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