OnePlus will surely add the wireless charging comfort in their next phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro which is programmed to start in May.
About six years ago, a small Chinese startup named OnePlus made big waves in the smartphone industry, an accomplishment that even big tech firms like Google struggle with today. OnePlus got up hardcore Android fans with their smartphones that had slick software and specs that challenged Samsung and Apple phones for a part of the price. Their motto was to never settle, they’ve always positioned themselves as being an advocate for the consumer.
In an industry dominated by Samsung and Apple, OnePlus wanted you to feel like the company was on your side. But soon enough OnePlus started to look more and more like the flagship smartphone makers it originally sought to dethrone. Their phones are getting expensive, they market their phones in the flagship segment yet they don’t offer basic flagship features like the wireless charging and IP rating.
Their excuse for that is wireless charging is inferior to the company’s Warp Charge standard. I understand OnePlus is obsessed with speed as its defining trait, but it’s the wrong way to evaluate the usefulness of wireless charging. I agree Wireless charging isn’t as fast as wired charging, but it can be more convenient.
You can ought a charging pad at your desk or following to the bed and only drop your phone on it. There’s no fiddling with the plug or inadvertently knocking the phone down when your foot becomes tangled in the cable. That’s the use of wireless charging — it’s not an either/or condition. People have come to demand premium phones to have this feature and OnePlus being a gift phone maker was giving excuses not because it was slow, that’s just an explanation but the reality was they were just checking the costs.
Thankfully, though things will change come OnePlus 8 Pro. OnePlus has joined WPC, Wireless Power Consortium, the standards group that handles the Qi wireless charging used by virtually every single smartphone, basically signifying that their next phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro is confirmed to have the transatlantic charging comfort.
Their excuse all these years was that wireless charging is slower but companies like Xiaomi have come up with 30W of wireless charging standard which by the way is faster than OnePlus’s wired warp charge, so that left OnePlus with no choice but to include this charging standard on their next phone. So OnePlus thinks that foldable phones are not good enough.
Their CEO was interviewed by the Verge where he said that they haven’t found the significant advantage or value that’s brought by the foldable smartphones that aren’t outweighed by the shortcomings or the disadvantages of the current state of the technology. He said that the current foldable phones have a crease in the middle which he cannot accept in products that he builds. Also, he doesn’t like the plastic display of the foldable phones. Kinda ironic for him to say that.
I mean he’s working on a disappearing rear camera tech that lets you hide your back cameras, a tech that literally no one needs. Yes, I do agree that foldables right now aren’t perfect. But that doesn’t mean you can say it has little no value. An 8″ or 9″ tablet that can turn into a phone which can be pocketable isn’t valuable?
It’s a thousand times more useful than the tech that OnePlus is working that literally no one needs. You know the actual reason OnePlus isn’t working on foldables right now is that they don’t have the funds, the resources to invest in this technology. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments and I’ll see you tomorrow…Peace out!