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OnePlus offers explanation for lack of wireless charging on OnePlus 6

A spokesperson for the company said OnePlus didn't "really feel the need" to add it.

Published onMay 22, 2018

The OnePlus 6 smartphone in black lying face-down against metal.
  • OnePlus didn’t include wireless charging on the OnePlus 6 because it didn’t “really feel the need” to include it.
  • A spokesperson for the company provided the recent comment, adding that OnePlus didn’t want to “add a feature just for the sake of it.”
  • The company has previously ruffled feathers with feature omissions, like NFC on the OnePlus 2.

OnePlus has explained the reasoning behind why it didn’t include wireless charging on the OnePlus 6. Speaking to Business Insider, a OnePlus representative said: “We don’t really feel the need to add wireless charging. We’re not going to add a feature just for the sake of it.”

The new OnePlus flagship launched last week. Starting at $529, it’s the most expensive OnePlus device yet and comes with a brand new design and premium features. With wireless charging being a top-tier smartphone function found on Android flagships like the Galaxy S9, LG V30, and Nokia 8 Sirocco, some expected that the OnePlus 6 may also implement this. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

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This isn’t the first time OnePlus has disappointed fans with the omission of a smartphone feature — its second major device, the OnePlus 2, notably lacked NFC capabilities. At the time, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said “very few people” were using the functionality.

OnePlus has also discussed the topic of wireless charging before. Last December, the company’s CEO Pete Lau offered two reasons why OnePlus hadn’t implemented it previously, both relating to the reliability and efficiency of wired charging.

This latest explanation may disappoint those who’ve been waiting for a OnePlus flagship that charges wirelessly, but at least OnePlus hasn’t tried to dodge the question; it didn’t feel wireless charging was a necessary feature — what’s wrong with that?

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