OnePlus 7 Won’t Support Wireless Charging, Confirms Company
OnePlus devices are known for bringing flagship specifications for the price of a mid-range smartphone. But, to bring the costs down, the company has always skimped on providing certain features that are considered essential for a flagship smartphone nowadays. None of the devices the company has ever released features wireless charging; or has an Ingress Protection (IP) rating for water and dust resistance. A senior OnePlus executive has confirmed that the next smartphone from the company, presumably the OnePlus 7 won’t support wireless charging either.
Wireless Charging & The OnePlus 7
While many major smartphone manufacturers have started providing wireless charging in their flagship smartphones, OnePlus has confirmed it won’t be putting the feature in their next. Notably, the feature was brought into the mainstream by Nokia with the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. When Apple launched the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X with the feature in 2017, It prompted other OEMs to give the feature in their smartphones too. Xiaomi freshly launched its flagship Mi 9 with the feature, and Huawei’s current flagship the Mate 20 Pro, supports wireless charging as well.
With the advent of new fast wireless charging technologies, it was expected that OnePlus will likewise provide the feature in its smartphone this year. The company has elucidated that the technology is not ready yet and its main goal currently is to improve wired charging speeds. OnePlus also said that it is working on making the wireless charging technology faster, but it hasn’t been successful in figuring out how to do it without much heat.
The next flagship from OnePlus, assumed to be the OnePlus 7, is expected to feature top-tier specs and an entirely new design. As the company is known for putting the latest Qualcomm processor in its smartphones; OnePlus 7 is expected to run on the Snapdragon 855 SoC which is manufactured using 7nm fabrication process. The chipset has an Octa-core CPU and Adreno 640 GPU. It is also expected to feature a triple rear camera setup; an AMOLED display with minimal bezels around it; and an upgraded in-display fingerprint scanner. It may be available in two storage variants:
- 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM
- 10GB RAM and 256GB ROM
The next device from OnePlus is expected to be unveiled in Q2 of 2019. It will be priced higher than its predecessor, the OnePlus 6T and will be accompanied by another smartphone from the company supporting 5G, the next generation of mobile networks.