Last month, we got to know some interesting specs reveal about the upcoming OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. This has been going on for a while now. While the phone’s announcement is just a week away, we know quite a lot about it. It gives us a clearer picture too. Out of all the specs that were leaked and or tipped about, the wireless charging spoke the loudest. This is the first time OnePlus devices would support wireless charging. Not to mention, it was revealed that OnePlus would be going ahead of the industry standard (Qi) and actually introducing the Warp Charge 30 Wireless.
In an interview with the company’s CEO, Pete Lou, The Verge got to know more about OnePlus’ plans for the charging system.
According to the interview, one thing is for sure, Warp Charge 30 Wireless is a sure deal. The question arises though, how is OnePlus going to manage that.
Warp Charge 30 Wireless
The interview was focused more on the mechanics of the potential wireless charger. It is one thing to give support for such technology and then there is another to actually have it functioning, in house. Currently, wireless charging is good but it is not great. People often prefer wired chargers due to their faster speeds. OnePlus claims that their technology would give users 50% juice in just 30 minutes. That is a huge claim.
Now how would that be possible? One of the main issues with Wireless charging is heat management. If one increases the wattage, there is more power and thus heat. To manage that, the company would be making its own proprietary charger with fans inside. Their fans would crank up to actually dissipate the heat (at 30db). Additionally, he said that if the head goes up, we’d actually see the charger reduce the wattage provides, in order to manage it. They have also made the charger differently by adding 2 charge pumps. These would be used to manage the high voltage (done so to reduce the current required).
Currently, the company would be making the chargers in house and there are no plans to outsource to other manufacturers like Anker or Aukey. We also know that the charger won’t come in cheap. Of course, it is a one of a kind product and therefore would run a hefty buck. Perhaps we’d know for certain by the device’s launch. We’d also know how well it performs. We hope it doesn’t crash out, to be just a gimmick.