OnePlus 5T will not support wireless charging, says Pete Lau

OnePlus 5T with no wireless charging

There have been a lot of rumors and leaks about the upcoming OnePlus 5T. People have been making all kinds of guesses but we became sure about its arrival when the company (and executives) dropped a clear message about its release. For those of you who don’t know, the device will be released on November 16 in Brooklyn. Click here to know about its availability in India.

Pete Lau – the CEO of OnePlus was the one to talk about the device retaining the 3.5mm audio jack. He has again posted on the OnePlus forum about the upcoming OnePlus 5T and this time, he has talked about its charging. Lau has very clearly confirmed that the upcoming phone will not support wireless charging but would be powered by the usual dash charger.

According to Lau, wireless charging has more cons than pros and we do agree with him on this. You can read our take on wireless charging here.

Problems of wireless charging in OnePlus 5T

Pete Lau has mentioned two problems of wireless charging.

The first according to him is that you need to align your device ‘perfectly’ to let it charge at full speed. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to do it because come on. All of us are busy enough to adjust angles and perfection! He also said that dash charging would provide a 20-watt charge every time you plug your device in. With wireless charging, this is not the case. The maximum that it can do is 15-watt (with the perfect position) and that too gets distributed every time you charge. So, you cannot expect to charge at full speed one after the other on a wireless charger.

Pete Lau has confirmed that OnePlus 5T will not have wireless charging

The second reason that Lau gave was that you cannot use your phone while charging it on a wireless one! He effectively explained how the good old dash charger would do better with its wires and tangles. A dash charger lets you use your device while charging and actually gives you a full day of charge in half an hour. A wireless charger, on the other hand, becomes too demanding because you cannot use your device while charging! Imagine, the slow speed and a practically dead phone on charge. 

Pete Lau explained it all perfectly but didn’t forget to mention that they will use the wireless charging when the time is right. The OnePlus 5T might not have it but who knows if the OnePlus 6 would have it in the next year!

What do you think? Are you super excited like us for the OnePlus 5T? Let us know in the comments section below!


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