If there was one criticism that some had about the OnePlus series of smartphones is that it did not offer wireless charging. While wireless charging for the most part is slower than wired, OnePlus could have at least given users the option. Now it looks like they will for the OnePlus 8.
In a post on the OnePlus forums, the company has announced and confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus 8 series will offer wireless charging. They have also taken the wraps off a new wireless charger called the Warp Charge 30 Wireless, which they claim will offer a 30W power output that will be capable of wirelessly charging a OnePlus handset from 1% to 50% in 30 minutes.
OnePlus had previously refused to include wireless charging tech because they felt that it was inferior to wired. According the OnePlus, they have since spent this time developing their own wireless charging tech, which has since resulted in Warp Charge 30 Wireless. They also detail how they went about achieving this.
To achieve these drastically improved charging speeds, we needed to combine the industry’s first isolated charge pump with Warp wireless direct charging architecture.
The highly effective charge pump ensures a charge efficiency of 97% and minimizes the amount of energy converted into heat. Designed with similar functionalities to that of a kill switch, the isolated charge pump deactivates charging when abnormal currents and voltages are detected. This function helps to maintain a stable charge and keeps your phone safe while powering up.
To improve charging efficiency and maintain a high-power charge for longer, we utilized Warp wireless direct charging architecture. This innovative technology enables real time communication between the wireless charger and the phone through a customized chip. The chip assists in controlling the charger’s current and voltage to maximize overall efficiency. By combining these two pioneering technologies, we were able to ensure a powerful 30W wireless charge that’s both fast and stable.
Rumors of the OnePlus 8 supporting wireless charging first made an appearance earlier this year. This was later corroborated when OnePlus joined the WPC. The OnePlus 8 is currently set for a reveal on the 14th of April, so be sure to check back with us then for more updates.