OnePlus 5T to skip wireless charging, CEO Pete Lau confirms

Posted November 11, 2017

In a forum post, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau explained why the OnePlus 5T won't support wireless charging, offering two reasons to sum things up.

¸It seems like the one way you can separate yourself from the sea of competitors right now is to go down the wireless route. "Just plug your device in, and Dash Charge produces 20 watts of power, reliably giving a day's power in half an hour", he said. A supposedly leaked image has also been doing the rounds on the internet, which shows the body of the Oppo R11s with the branding of the back featuring the OnePlus logo. All you need is the Dash Charge cable and adaptor to consistently power your device at superior rate. And you can't use your phone while it charges, since picking it up will stop the charging. "It doesn't matter whether you're gaming or streaming video".

OnePlus has also mentioned the key dates for the sale and availability of the phone.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei took to Twitter earlier today to share what appears to be a sample photo from the dual-camera setup of the OnePlus 5T, suggesting that the upcoming Android flagship will boast significantly improved low-light performance compared to its predecessor. For the purposes of this post, "wireless charging" refers to the more prevalent Qi standard.

Commenting on the success of the ticket sales for OnePlus 5T launch event, Vikas Agarwal, GM, OnePlus India, said, "As a young company in the smartphone space, our theme has always been simple: stay humble and create unique experiences for our users". It'll be interesting if the OnePlus 5T will cost the same as the OnePlus 5 though - we imagine the 5 will receive a price cut if that's the case. As pointed out by XDA, having wireless charging could benefit a lot of users by allowing them to have short but frequent intermittent charging all throughout the day.

He added that wireless charging technology needs to get more mature.

To use a wireless charger, the user can just set their phone on the surface and charge.

Lau further writes that OnePlus phones will have wireless charging support, at the correct time.

Reading between the lines, that would indicate that Lau is telling us that the cost of production has gone up, so expect a price increase for the end consumer.