Over the years, wireless charging, whether it be Qi or PMA, has become a more popular standard that companies like Samsung, LG, and even Apple has adopted for its flagship phones. However, it is a feature that OnePlus confirmed will not make its way to its next smartphone, the OnePlus 5T, with the company instead standing by its Dash Charge technology.
In a forum post, OnePlus said it considered introducing wireless charging to its smartphones, but ultimately decided against it. The first reason the company gave comes down to numbers, with its Dash Charge technology able to produce 20 watts of power. By comparison, some wireless charging pads produce a theoretical power output of 15 watts, with the number divided once you wirelessly charge more than one device.
The second reason OnePlus gave for excluding wireless charging comes down to convenience. With Dash Charge, all you need is the appropriate cable and wall adapter and you’re good to go. Wireless charging creates constraints, argued OnePlus, since you need to account for all the pads, cases, tables, and lamps that support the feature. In other words, the idea of just setting your phone down to charge clashes with the reality that it’s not that simple.
To OnePlus’ credit, the company has not ruled out introducing wireless charging “when the time is right,” but until then, it plans to stick by its Dash Charge technology. It’s an interesting decision for a company that continues to trot out its “Never Settle” slogan, but there’s some division as to whether wireless charging is a feature people actually care about, so it really depends on what you want out of a smartphone.
How do you feel about the OnePlus 5T not including wireless charging? Will that prevent you from purchasing the phone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and remember that we will bring you the latest once the OnePlus 5T’s November 16 launch event rolls around.