OnePlus CEO Pete Lau thinks wireless charging is still in its budding form and therefore has announced that the next smartphone from OnePlus will not be coming with wireless charging support. According to Lau, OnePlus’s proprietary Warp Charge technology is ‘one of the best’ and until wireless charging has been developed enough to charge devices quickly without overheating, OnePlus will not be integrating the technology in its devices. Notably, to allow fast wireless charging Qualcomm announced its Quick Charge support for wireless charging pads at MWC.
Lau confirmed to Cnet that the OnePlus will not support wireless charging. “OnePlus charging is one of the best. Wireless charging is far inferior,” Lau told the publication. The Chinese company is known to pack premium features in its smartphone and leave out some features like wireless charging and IP68 water and dust resistance to keep the cost of the device aggressive.
Wireless charging saw an advent in the smartphone market with Apple introducing the support for its iPhone 8-series. Wireless charging, however, lacks in enabling safe and secure charging to the devices, which has convinced OnePlus to not to integrate the technology on its smartphones.
Lau also said that the company is working on wireless charging technology to deliver better performance without heating up, however, he did not reveal a timeline for when the feature could be seen on OnePlus smartphones. When asked about Qualcomm’s Quick Charge integration in wireless charging pads, and whether it will be integrated into future OnePlus phones, Lau chose to not comment.
As for the other specifications of the OnePlus 7, other than the confirmation from the company that the device will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, the details are scarce. A recent leak suggests that the OnePlus 7 will sport an edge-to-edge screen with a probability of a pop-up selfie camera.