The OnePlus 7T doesn't support wireless charging; here's why

The OnePlus 7T doesn't support wireless charging; here's why
Xiaomi’s latest device offers 30W wireless charging support, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro is compatible with a 27W implementation, and even Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro supports 7.5W speeds. As you can see, wireless charging is gradually becoming a standard feature across the flagship smartphone segment but OnePlus is yet to adopt it. Now, the company has revealed why. 

When asked about the feature by 91Mobiles at a roundtable press conference shortly after the OnePlus 7T’s introduction event, CEO Pete Lau revealed the company has already looked into implementing the feature. OnePlus wants its eventual wireless charging implementation to act as a viable alternative to wired charging and live up to the Warp Charge name. But when testing the technology at 30W, the company continues to face overheating issues.

The China-based company ultimately continues to work on the technology and will undoubtedly crack the code sooner or later. But in the meantime, it could learn a lot from Xiaomi’s 30W wireless charging implementation. The latter reaches impressive efficiency levels of 98% and is ultimately the fastest wireless charging technology on a smartphone. This is all achieved by a special multi-layer nanocrystal receiver coil design. 

It’s unclear how close its wireless charging technology is to being released but OnePlus has already been working on it for quite some time. This means the OnePlus 8 Pro could be a prime candidate for its debut.

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7T
  • Display 6.5" 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, Octa-core, 2960 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3800 mAh

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12 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

No way hose b

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

I applaud this. Better for OnePlus to continue to work on it to make sure they introduce a finished product to market that functions properly, than to release it with issues.

3. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

98% efficiency ? At which stage ? Just so delusional.

4. AbhiD

Posts: 850; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Xiaomi's claims are all as good as a hoax. Better they implement it somewhere and showcase the real deal. And OnePlus is indeed correct. Wireless charging simply creates more heat than wired charging and then as a result phone slows down the charging(despite higher wattage support), which leads to longer charge times and more battery damage. Wireless charging is as good as gimmick for now. Until and unless it can fully charge phone in under an hour, without unnecessary heating and doesn't force one to stop using the phone because charging stops as one picks it up, it won't be an alternative, forget about being superior to wired solution.

5. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't really care for wireless charging. It's pretty much just a gimmick in my book much like having five cameras on the back or some other ridiculous gimmick.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22272; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yeah, it is a good gimmick, and much of the industry is going the way of using gimmicks, including Google with its newest Pixels, etc. They’ve seemed to pick up a lot of what other smartphone OEM’s have done, like no headphone jack, in-screen FPS, etc.

7. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Who said wireless charging needs to be fast? I would rather have it slow, than not have it at all.

8. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

I come to works and sit at my desk, phone just lying on the table all day. Even if it takes 6 hours to get to 100% it's still ok.

9. macawmatt

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

I'm am there with you. plan on upgrading from my Note8 next year, and this could put OnePlus as on option.

10. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

EXACTLY. A quick charge puts more wear on the battery. I don't even use the quick charge cables/adapters. With all this new technology they should at least offer a slower charge option for when sitting at the office or sleeping overnight. I could really care less how long it takes to charge as long as I can do it wirelessly and preserve the life of the battery.

11. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

It shouldn't be draining battery very fast just sitting there. So why do you want to stick it on a charger all day? Better to charge it up at one point in time during the day (or two) and keep it much cooler.

12. Sarkirssian

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 01, 2019

I miss the good old times that phones were use to make phone calls...

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