OnePlus has been on a bit of a roll of late. After a leak-filled pre-launch of the OnePlus 5, the company has changed its approach with the OnePlus 5T. As a result, we already have a lot of information, including the launch date, availability details for India and enough tidbits about the phone itself to be able to paint a picture in our heads. At this point, we’re just waiting for the OnePlus 5T itself.
That will happen on November 21, although we’ll know exactly what to expect when the phone is launched on November 16 in New York City. Pete Lau, CEO of OnePlus, also revealed in a detailed post on the official OnePlus forum that the new phone would ship with the 3.5mm socket for wired headphone connectivity. The company’s approach has been to offer technology that best serves the majority of its users, also striking a balance between price and features.
Pete Lau has once again taken to the forum to reveal another big piece of information about the OnePlus 5T: there won’t be wireless charging. The technology has been around for a while, but has been generating a lot of buzz again because of its inclusion in the new Apple iPhones. It’s a technology of the future, and one that could potentially become the norm a few years down the line. There’s no denying the convenience of being able to charge your phone simply by putting it down onto a pad. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 Review
Now, I’ve been OnePlus user since the OnePlus 3. The company took a huge step up with that phone, and showed the maturity that has led to the success it has enjoyed since then. The phone was a well-round device that offered everything important, while keeping the price reasonable. It also introduced me to Dash Charge, OnePlus’ now popular fast charging technology.
Forgive the fan boy in me, but Dash Charge is nothing short of a technological marvel for flagship smartphones. With battery life dropping thanks to phones getting more powerful, we’re all used to having to charge our phones every day. Dash Charge makes that process a bit easier, by letting you top off your phone in a little over an hour from zero. Even 10-15 minutes of charging can potentially get you hours of use, and it’s changed the way I charge my phone. With enough chargers around me, I’ve now stopped worrying about battery life entirely. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 Long Term Review
As pointed out by Mr Lau in his post, Dash Charge is the more useful charging technology right now, and wireless charging is still some time away from offering the sheer convenience that true fast charging can. He points out that wireless charging requires you to keep your device perfectly aligned with the charging mat to get the quickest charging speeds, which does to some extent defeat the convenience of just putting the phone down and letting it charge. And you can’t use your phone while it charges, since picking it up will stop the charging.
While eliminating the step of plugging in your phone by just putting it down onto a pad sounds great, I consider it a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. While the process of plugging in the micro-USB port may have been bothersome in the past, USB Type-C has made it so easy you could do it while half-asleep. The point of charging should be to have the phone spend as little time as possible connected to the charger. Until wireless charging can reach that level of speed, it will remain my less-preferred option to true fast charging.
Wireless charging is certainly exciting, and I look forward to the day when I can get 24 hours of power from keeping my phone on a charging pad for about one hour. However, I believe that Pete Lau has got this right; the technology simply isn’t as useful without fast charging. If the OnePlus 5T remains as fast to charge as the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3, it’s exactly what we all truly need right now from our smartphone batteries and chargers.