OnePlus 6 doesn’t have wireless charging, yet has a glass back – here’s why

The OnePlus 6 has almost everything you’d want in a flagship phone for a very affordable price, but it is missing wireless charging.

It’s surprising because the OnePlus 6 has a glass back, a switch from the aluminum shell on the OnePlus 5T and all OnePlus phones before it. Electricity easily passes through glass, whereas it cannot easily pass through metal.

The OnePlus team decided the feature isn’t for them, though. There are a few reasons for their design decisions.

Reason 1: OnePlus 6 Dash Charge is far superior

Why is there no wireless charging? Fast Charging is optimal.

OnePlus reps told: “Our fast charge is the fastest charging technology on the global market, and can provide a full day’s power in 30 minutes.”

“Wireless charging, in contrast, still provides a slow recharge rate. We are confident that our fast charging provides the best recharge experience on the market.”

It’s true. The Dash Charge plug included in the OnePlus 6 box is a bit bulky but gets the job done. The OnePlus 6 will charge 0% to 60% in just 30 minutes. That won’t last most people a full day (80% is a safer bet), but the numbers don’t lie.

Wireless charging on other devices has taken twice as long in tests. The Galaxy S9 Plus, it went from 0% to just 19% in 30 minutes. And that was using Samsung’s Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand. When we did it again with a wired connection (USB-C and Samsung’s Adaptive Fast Charging Wall Charger), it went from 0% to 38%.

That’s a big difference.

Reason 2: It’s all about connectivity

Why is there a glass back then?

OnePlus says that the glass body all about connectivity. It’s able to achieve faster LTE speeds through the glass, and that metal unibody phones have signal interference.

This makes sense, and it’s the secret reason we’re seeing more phones enveloped in glass. OnePlus wouldn’t comment on why competitors have ditched aluminum, but the days of aluminum phones may be numbered due to inferior signal strength.

It wanted to fit in more bands on the left side of the phone.

OnePlus did give us insight into why the Alert Switch changed from the left side of the phone (on previous models) to the right side (on the OnePlus 6): it wanted to fit in more bands on the left side of the phone.

As a result, OnePlus 6 has more robust connectivity than the OnePlus 5T, with three additional bands.

(Story by TechRadar, Edited by OnePlusOfficial)

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