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OPPO devices could have wireless charging in the future

OPPO makes some nice phones, but they tend to have wired charging only. (Source: OPPO)
OPPO makes some nice phones, but they tend to have wired charging only. (Source: OPPO)
OPPO is capable of producing some streamlined, appealing premium handsets. However, they all have one main drawback as expensive flagships: they lack wireless charging. Now that the OEM has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, this situation may change soon.

OPPO is an increasingly well-known OEM responsible for phones with innovative designs such as the Find X. It cost about US$1000 at launch, which was rationalized through the inclusion of a unique sliding mechanism by which the entire display slid downwards on little actuators to give access to the front-facing cameras. This improved the screen-to-body ratio without the use of a notch; a feature some might prize the Find X for over a similarly-priced flagship.

The Find X also had a glass back; however, the OEM did not spring for wireless charging through this panel. In fact, OPPO has never prioritized this premium feature, preferring to develop its own super-fast wired charging solution, VOOC, instead. However, it seems this state of affairs is about to change. OPPO has just joined the Wireless Power Consortium.

This organisation, as the name suggests, promotes the use, enhancement and standardization of wireless charging modalities worldwide. OPPO's application to join it may indicate that it is planning the inclusion of this feature in its upcoming devices. On the other hand, this does not necessarily mean that it will be present this year, or indeed next year.

This new development may also imply the potential for wireless charging in OnePlus phones. The two OEMs are part of the same general company (BBK Electronics). This means that one manufacturer has often inherited the technology of the other. For example, OnePlus' own proprietary charging system is based on VOOC. However, again, there is no evidence that this brand's phones will also be able to charge wirelessly soon. It took some time for OPPO's most recent development, Super VOOC, to be translated into the Warp Charge 30 system found in the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. Ultimately, while wireless charging in the next generation of OPPO (and perhaps OnePlus) phones would be nice, it would be a shame to see the development of such advanced, reliable wired-charging hardware abandoned.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01-12 (Update: 2019-01-12)