Confirmed: The OnePlus 7 will give this popular high-end feature the cold shoulder

Confirmed: The OnePlus 7 will give this popular high-end feature the cold shoulder
While joining the likes of Sony and Oppo in "reimaging the future" with unfinished 5G-enabled prototype phones at the MWC 2019 trade show in Barcelona, OnePlus did not offer us a glimpse at the company's next "conventional" flagship model. That's a little disappointing, considering a rumor from a few days ago, but not entirely surprising, as the 6T is still a measly four months old.

Interestingly, CEO Pete Lau did reveal a (semi-) important detail about the upcoming OnePlus 7 in a short interview with CNET. As it turns out, the increasingly ambitious (and popular) smartphone brand remains uninterested in adopting wireless charging technology. That's something most high-end Android devices from other companies have been offering for several years now, although the functionality is arguably far from perfect.

But even Apple seems to understand user convenience beats speed sometimes, integrating the Qi standard, aka inductive or wireless charging, into the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus and then the XS, XS Max, and XR. For its part, OnePlus will continue to rely exclusively on a proprietary wired charging tech that's objectively among the best such solutions available today.

Known simply as OnePlus Fast Charge after controversies surrounding the Dash brand, the feature allowed the OnePlus 6T to go from 0 to 100 percent battery capacity in under 90 minutes in our in-depth review, even though the 6.4-inch handset packs a relatively hefty 3,700 mAh juicer. You can't argue with Pete Lau's assessment that "wireless charging is far inferior" right now, but at the same time, smartphone buyers like to have options for different usage and charging scenarios.

It's unclear when the wireless option will be added to OnePlus devices, but for what it's worth, the company is working on "accelerating the delivery of wireless power" without causing phones to heat up and explode. Until that happens, it sounds like you have one less reason to be excited about the OnePlus 7. Then again, assuming that recently leaked photo was legit, there's plenty to look forward to.

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  • Battery 3700 mAh

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9 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1014; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I prefer regular usb charging that can give 100% in less than 90 min without causing any harm to battery. Qi is much slower compared to usb, the devices reach high temperature that can be in the future damage battery. I heard from s6 user about cpu/battery passing 50 C degrees. You cannot do a lot of stuff while using the base, mainly those the phone is on top of the base. The space it takes could be used for something more important like bigger battery, bigger cameras, image processor chips etc ... Funniest part is the fact this tech has been around for years, but none one cared until Samsung started to use. Just like other stuff ...

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I agree. Wireless charging is not high on my list of compelling reasons to buy a phone.

6. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I have used wireless charging as my primary method of charging on every phone I've had for the past 7 years. I've never experienced a single issue with my batteries. My LG V30 still gets 2 days between charges most of the time with 3-5 hours screen time. No battery degradation in 18 months. In fact, it is the fast charge which is more likely to damage batteries than the relatively slow wireless charging.

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

When did PhoneArena start using Forbes like clickbait titles?

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

why have a glass back without it?

8. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

Because idiot bloggers convinced people that glass backs fit some undefined "premium" qualification and suckers bought into it.

9. CDexterWard

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I believe the official reason they offered was something along the lines of better reception.

5. DFranch

Posts: 557; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Although I haven't had a phone without wireless charging since 2012, I can live without it. I do hate the dangling charging cables which always fall to the floor, but I can live with it I suppose (first world problems). I have high hopes for the OnePlus 7.

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I love wireless charging every phone should have it.

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