OnePlus 7 Will Not Have Fans’ Favorite Feature

As the latest OnePlus smartphone was hiding inside a box during last week’s Mobile World Congress, the company was busy talking up its 5G endeavours on key panels, allowing partners to use OnePlus handsets as demonstration platforms, and presumably the usual behind closed doors meetings. It also shot down the hopes of many fans by confirming that one of the rapidly adopted key features in modern smartphone design will not be making an appearance on OnePlus hardware during 2019.

If, like many, you are holding out for wireless charging in this year’s OnePlus smartphones, think again. OnePlus’ Pete Lau has reinforced the message that quicker wired charging is the company’s focus. Unlike some notable competitors (…Apple) OnePlus does ship a fast charger in the retail box with its handsets, plus the emphasis on ‘quick charging’ is a different but understandable choice in comparison to other manufacturers.

I will be the first to acknowledge that I do have a bias towards devices with wireless charging capabilities. Having used it since late 2012, using a smartphone enabled for wireless charging is something that I will actively look for in a personal phone. It has taken time, but the last year has seen a significant rise in smartphones using the Qi standard for wireless charging, no doubt driven by Apple’s adoption of the same standard and its inclusion in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X handsets.

If you would you rather have the ability to top up a smartphone during the day without constantly plugging cables in and out (in other words, if you have an almost solidly office/desk based routine) then a wireless charger is, by its nature, one of the best charging options. To go to the other extreme, if you are always out and about, with frequent travelling and only brief moments to carry out your smartphone’s ABC rule (Always Be Charging), then pushing as much power into a handset in as short a time as possible is the way to go.

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