Feature OnePlus 5T Wonot Support Wireless Charging - Price Said to Be Identical to OnePlus 5


An update to the OnePlus 5 that is the OnePlus 5T is set to launch on 16 November. The launch event will start from 11 am EST (9.30 pm IST) onwards from Brooklyn, New York and will be broadcasted at various locations in India. The company is planning to keep the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the upcoming device and maintain the price same as the OnePlus 5. According to a report on techradar, OnePlus will keep the price of the OnePlus 5T same as that of the OnePlus 5 in the UK. The 64 GB version of the OnePlus 5 is priced at £449 (approx Rs 38,265) and the 128 GB variant is priced at £499 (approx Rs 42,526). But, there is no confirmation about the pricing details from the company. The CEO of the company Pete Lau in a blog post explained the benefits of the headphone jack and confirmed that the company is going to keep the headphone jack on the OnePlus 5T.

According to the post, the company surveyed the OnePlus community and found that 70 percent of the users give more priority to sound quality. The CEO also mentioned that nearly 80 percent of the people use the headphone jack and replacing it with a USB-C port, to slim the device is not 'worth the trade-off'. The company wants to give more freedom to the users to use their favorite earphones and accessories. Lau in another blog post also confirmed that the company is not bringing wireless charging on the OnePlus 5T. The CEO explained the difficulties including lack of convenience and the capability of wireless charging, and said that the company will bring wireless charging when the 'time is right'. According to the CEO Dash charging is more efficient in quickly charging a device and stays cool and power efficient even while gaming and streaming video. OnePlus 5T will be available from 21 November in America and Europe. It will go on sale on 2 December in China. The company is giving early access sale on 21 November in India. Customers can buy the OnePlus 5T from the OnePlus online official store and from online retailer Amazon in India. The phone will officially go on sale on 28 November in India.

While just a week's time is left for the official launch of the OnePlus 5T, CEO Pete Lau on Wednesday once again reached out on the OnePlus forums and revealed the presence of Dash Charge on the upcoming smartphone. The executive also confirmed the new OnePlus flagship would not support wireless charging. In another news, the price of the OnePlus 5T is now reported to be the same as of the previously launched OnePlus 5 - a move that may disappoint OnePlus 5 owners.

Lau mentioned two major reasons for retaining Dash Charge on the OnePlus 5T. The first reason highlighted by the 42-year-old executive points to the proprietary technology that is touted to deliver as much as 20 watts of power to deliver a day's charge in half an hour. Unlike OnePlus' Dash Charge, wireless charging pads in the present market support a maximum of 15 watts of power, OnePlus says, which is also subject to the position and number of devices on the pad. The second reason Lau stated for choosing Dash Charge technology over wireless charging on the OnePlus 5T is the consistency of power delivered. Also, he pointed out that wireless charging doesn't enable users to pick their devices up to play a game or take a photo. He believed that the present model of wireless charging "brings more limitations than freedom", and the available wireless charging pads, cases, tables, and even lamps are "creating constraints" for end users. "Wireless charging is an exciting concept that's matured a lot over the last few years. But given the current state of this technology, Dash Charge is still the superior choice," Lau asserted in the post. Lau updated the forum post to clarify that he had referred to wireless charging technologies based on Qi standard, which has been adopted by companies like Apple and Samsung. "We'll consider adopting when the time is right. Until then, we'll stick to Dash Charge," Lau concluded. By leaving wireless charging support for a future model, OnePlus has joined the club of Google that brought the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL earlier this year with only wired charging option. Apple, on the other hand, finally succumbed to consumer wishes and this year added Qi standard-based wireless charging on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.

OnePlus 5T price leaked Alongside abandoning wireless charging, it has reportedly been found that OnePlus is not making any changes to the price of the OnePlus 5T and will sell the new handset at the price of the OnePlus 5. TechRadar has claimed that a confidential documentation from carrier O2 confirmed that the identical price of the OnePlus 5T as that of the OnePlus 5. If the report by TechRadar is believed to be true, the OnePlus 5T will be available in India at a starting price of Rs. 32,999. The Chinese company would also announce a price cut on the OnePlus 5 to make space for the new offering.

Fingerprint sensor spotted on back In spite of the uniformity in the price, the OnePlus 5T is expected to have some major upgrades over the OnePlus 5. The new smartphone has already been confirmed with an enhanced camera experience and tipped with a bezel-less display. A fresh leak showcases a back-facing fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 5T -- hinting the entire front panel covered by the screen that would have 18:9 aspect ratio. As 9to5Google mentioned, the handset appeared in the leaked render looks similar to the Oppo R11s - a similarity that's been speculated before.

 

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