REVIEW: OnePlus has arguably done more than most smartphone makers to push the boundaries of wireless charging in the short time it’s offered the feature. Now the company is abandoning it completely.
The new OnePlus 11 will not offer any form of wireless charging, as the company believes the 100W speeds provided by wired charging technology render the wireless option unnecessary.
When hardwired, the phone’s 5,000mAh battery can be fully charged in 25 minutes under ideal circumstances, and our reviewer says it easily gets through the day (often closer to two) before requiring that the USB-C cable is inserted.
“Battery life is one area where the OnePlus 11 really excels, with the 5,000mAh battery having no problem delivering all-day battery life. I was able to comfortably get to the end of each day test with at least 30% battery remaining,” he wrote.
However, the total absence of wireless charging is surprising. It didn’t quite live up to the Honor Magic 4’s 100W wireless charging, but the official 50W wireless charging stand sold for the OnePlus 10 Pro was maxed out faster. wired charging speeds of most other high-end smartphones. The brand new Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, for example, has a maximum charging speed of 45W.
The company discussed the decision at the OnePlus 11 launch event on Tuesday, but also expanded on its comments in a statement to 9to5Google.
The statement read, “Our consideration is that if wired charging is fast enough and the device can last a day of use, the user’s wireless charging need scenarios are limited. The OnePlus 11 is capable of charging from 1% to 100% in just 25 minutes (27 minutes in North America), and in this case, users do not need to charge their phone frequently.
Have the users spoken?
Thus, OnePlus has decided to completely remove the option. It’s the company’s first major flagship phone not to offer this feature in the three years since it first offered wireless charging in the OnePlus 8 Pro after years of resistance.
It was also absent from last year’s OnePlus 10T, but it wasn’t a flagship version and it was expected to return for the OnePlus 11.
OnePlus has always been a company that takes feedback from its user base very seriously, at least that was in the early days, when the vast majority of its public communications came through the company’s community forums. Whether that’s still the case in the post-Oppo merger era, I’m not so sure.
Maybe the company has the right authority from loyal users that they don’t use wireless charging capabilities and would be happy to skip it for progress elsewhere and a few bucks on the phone? It must not have been an easy decision.
However, I can’t help but think that’s a mistake. If you’re renowned for being good at anything, that’s not a distinction you should give up lightly. In my opinion, this makes the company’s phones a little less special. We understand if OnePlus doesn’t see fit to keep innovating and pushing towards faster wireless charging speeds, but to abandon it altogether? It’s strange.
With Apple rumored to be considering an entirely portless iPhone in the coming years, could we be looking at another fork or battleground for the smartphone industry?
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