In an interview with Dieter Bohn at The Verge, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that the OnePlus 8 Pro will support blazingly fast 30-watt wireless charging speeds. With 30-watt wireless charging, you should expect to fill half the 8 Pro’s battery in just 30 minutes. The basic OnePlus 8 will not support 30-watt wireless charging.
Previous OnePlus phones didn’t have wireless charging capabilities, so the company’s leap to a 30-watt system is pretty impressive. For reference, new Samsung phones charge wirelessly at 15 watts, and the iPhone 11 caps at just 7.5 watt wireless speeds. The only brands that can seriously compete with OnePlus’ speeds are Xiaomi, which sells a 30-watt wireless charger, and Oppo, which is expected to announce a phone with 40-watt wireless charging speeds sometime this month.
OnePlus’ manages these insane speeds with a proprietary wireless charging system. In other words, you won’t reach those sweet 30-watt speeds unless you buy a OnePlus wireless charging dock with your OnePlus 8 Pro. The OnePlus 8 Pro will also work with regular Qi chargers, but regular Qi charges tend to work at 10 or 12 watts.
It’s worth mentioning that companies like Apple stick to the Qi standard because of heat concerns. Wireless chargers aren’t very efficient, which means that as you crank up the output, you also generate more heat. OnePlus claims that its proprietary tech is more energy-efficient than other wireless charging standards, but the OnePlus wireless charging dock’s massive built-in fan suggests that the device runs hot. We won’t know for sure until we try it out in person.
OnePlus will hold a launch event for its new phones on April 14th at 11 AM ET. You can watch a livestream of the event on OnePlus’ website.
Source: The Verge