Last week, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau published a post on the company’s forum and took time to talk about the 3.5mm headphone port and explained why they’re keeping it. These decisions are important to not only the OEM when designing a new phone, but also to the customer as it can sometimes make or break a purchase. So today he continued this discussion. this time focusing on why OnePlus has yet to adopt wireless charging in their products.
Mr. Lau’s reasoning as to why they’re keeping the 3.5mm headphone port made a lot of sense, as they cited a number of statistics about how their current customer base uses OnePlus smartphones. This time, however, Mr. Lau mostly argued that wired charging is superior and that wireless charger doesn’t allow full charges in shorter amounts of time. In other words, OnePlus feels that Dash Charge is better because it’s faster, more convenient and more versatile.
The first reason Mr. Lau listed is that Dash Charge is just faster than wireless charging and therefore it is better because the user ends up spending less time chargingm and can in turn use their phone more. Technically that is true, but wireless charging was never intended to be faster than any specialized wired charging solution. It was meant to be used for convenience: setting the phone on a charging pad and not having to worry about plugging anything in or out.
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The second reason mentioned ties into the first one, more or less, but also talks about how you can continue doing things (like gaming or streaming a video) while charging with Dash Charge. Again, this is technically true, but it assumes someone needs to be using their phone 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Granted, many enthusiasts use their phones a lot more than average customers, but the argument glosses over the convenience of wireless charging, which allows for short but frequent intermittent charging.
Mr. Lau chooses to focus on needing to buy pads, cases, tables, and lamps to enjoy the convenience wireless charging. At the end of the day, OnePlus is constrained by the build material that their devices use and metal phones just do not play well with inductive charging. OnePlus even had to resort to putting the NFC reader of the OnePlus 5 near the one spot that isn’t covered by metal, the rear camera.