OnePlus CEO admits fast wireless charging technology is not yet ready for prime time

OnePlus CEO admits fast wireless charging technology is not yet ready for prime time
Pete Lau, OnePlus' CEO recently said in an interview that one of the features that he would like to include in a OnePlus device is fast wireless charging. It's true that the technology behind wireless charging isn't quite new, but there are some limitations that usually leads to design compromises.

During an interview with a OnePlus employee, Pete Lau revealed that his company continues to test fast wireless charging technology, but for the time being no OnePlus products will include it.


You probably remember the first reports that mentioned the fact that the OnePlus 6 doesn't include wireless charging because the company “didn't feel the need” to add it. Well, it appears that there's more to it than we originally thought.

The addition of fast wireless technology would have probably forced OnePlus to slightly increase the thickness of its latest flagship, not to mention the heating issues the phone might have experienced if the technology wouldn't have been properly implemented.

Still, it's encouraging that OnePlus is against making compromises when it comes to its top-tier products. It's also nice to know the company is always looking to improve its products with new technologies developed in its own labs.

source: OnePlus

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17 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I wonder when he's going to admit that the 'notch' is notch yet ready for the prime time? Oh well, G'Day!

2. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Good.. Then remove the stupid glass back and re-introduce the metal back in OP6T..

5. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

They have given option. If u don't like the glass back, buy the midnight black one

6. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

it's about durability. Metal ain't going to interfere with reception as bad as they make it sound

11. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Ummm, the midnight black still has a glass back... ALL OP6 phones have the glass back whether or not it looks like glass.

3. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Personally... don't need fast wireless charging. Just want to have decent wireless charging in the phone. Less wear and tear on the ports and eating away the liquidproofing. But hey, I'm an overnight charger which is why i dont care expressly about needing it fast. So long as wired fast charge remains. BUT FFS. CAN WE HAVE FIBREGLASS BACKS ON WIRELESS CHARGING PHONES.

4. Poptart2828

Posts: 323; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

When your phone charges as fast as it does, why would one plus ever consider slow wireless charging.

7. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

No need. Better introduce this: 1. Camera (more improvement) 2. Better speaker with stereo setup 3. Official IP protection

8. lnhrts

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Samsung's wireless charging seems to be ready for prime time. It isn't just about the wireless charging capabilities alone. Yes, we want fast reliable wireless charging but it is the flexibility of having both in the mean time that is key for me. I like having the phone plugged in so I can use it if needed while charging it versus having it charging wirelessly then picking it up to use it and it stops charging. Using a battery case is not my first option to get around plugging in during the day as it generally adds too much bulk.

14. P-YWS

Posts: 143; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Wireless Charging is a farce because: 1) Total efficiency (AC/DC charger + Tx Pad + Rx Pad + AC/DC conversion + Battery charger) cannot be as good as the fast charging using USB-C cable. Anyone who embraces low carbon emission and environment friendliness is insane to adopt it. 2) Any smartphone which support wireless charging should have already come with a fast charger free of charge (except Apple). Why pay another US$30 at least for an additional wireless charger pad which is so un-green? 3) Inside the smartphone, the wireless receiver coil sits next to the li-ion battery. In addition, an AC/DC sub-system is need to convert AC back to DC. These generate heat (go up higher when wireless charging goes faster) hence fast wireless charging cannot be made cheap and practical. 4) Fast wireless charging means higher energy to be transmitted wirelessly. The leaked EMI can be damaging to human brains especially those of children. Would any sane parent want to harm their children because of the perceived convenience?

9. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

" wireless" charging is bad for battery , slower, generates more heat.. I still dont get why ppl have this fetish for it. When G3 had it no one cared, but since Samsung started to use it is now a MUST HAVE...

12. ijuanp03

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

" we have not yet found a solution that meets our expectations for speed and convenience" In layman's term, you did not put the wireless charging because you can't sell the phone at a low price with it. Lame excuse OnePlus.

13. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Actually, in layman's terms.... You don't put subpar tech in a high tech device. It's like putting a 4 cylinder in a Ferrari.

16. Sparkxster

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I bet the OP 6T or OP 7 will have wireless charging.

17. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Bet it won't

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