OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the OnePlus 7 won't have wireless charging support.
The upcoming flagship from the Chinese brand is expected to sport high-end specs with features to match, but it's not getting the wireless charging feature that the likes of Samsung and Apple have practically made a standard on smartphones nowadays.
OnePlus 7 Sticks With Wires
Talking to CNET at the 2019 Mobile World Congress, Lau said with the help of an interpreter that the company's next smartphone still won't have wireless charging.
"OnePlus charging is one of the best. Wireless charging is far inferior," he said.
Now it's no mystery that OnePlus doesn't see wireless charging as a must-have feature on its phones. Back in 2017, Lau also said its fast-charging technology Warp Charge, which was previously known as Dash Charge, was all that users needed, and therefore, there wasn't any reason to include wireless charging in the OnePlus 5T.
Wireless charging has become a usual feature on today's high-end mobile phones. Notably, Apple jumped on board with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in 2017. Samsung also introduced the technology as a basic component of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in 2015, and it's taking it to take next level with the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Buds' reverse charging feature.
OnePlus Doesn't Follow Trends
Another thing that OnePlus isn't getting into is the whole foldable phone trend. Lau also confirmed to CNET that the company isn't planning on launching such a device since the costs are just too high. Samsung's Galaxy Fold will retail for $1,980 and Huawei's Mate X for €2,299 or $2,609, after all.
That makes sense because it contradicts OnePlus' approach of selling devices on par with flagships at lower prices compared with the high-end offerings of its competitors.
At the very least, OnePlus fans might be happy to know that, even though the firm isn't doing a foldable phone or wireless charging, it's moving forward with 5G in mind.