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OnePlus 8 Pro confirmed to ship with 30W wireless charging support

OnePlus' CEO Pete Lau today confirmed that the company's upcoming "ultraflagship" phone, the OnePlus 8 Pro, will ship with 30W wireless charging support. This will be the first phone from OnePlus to feature wireless charging. Dubbed Warp Charge 30 Wireless, the wireless charging system will be capable of pushing up to 30W of wireless power to the OnePlus 8 Pro and can charge the device from 0-50% in just 30 minutes.

The charging speeds make OnePlus' wireless charging tech notably faster than what one gets on iPhones and Samsung Galaxy handsets. Some selected flagship smartphones from Xiaomi, Huawei, and other Chinese OEMs do support up to 27W of wireless charging speeds. To enjoy such fast wireless charging speeds on their device, OnePlus 8 Pro owners will also have to buy the proprietary wireless charger from the company. While Lau did not reveal its price, the charger will be more expensive than your usual Qi wireless charging. Thankfully, the OnePlus 8 Pro will also support the Qi wireless charging standard so one can use it to charge the device albeit slowly at up to 10W.

The problem with pushing such a high amount of power wirelessly is that it creates a lot of heat. To counter this, the OnePlus wireless charger will include a fan to dissipate heat efficiently. The fan could get as loud as 30db, though OnePlus will include a night mode option in the device in which the fan would remain off at night but it will affect the charging speeds.

To achieve the 30W wireless charging speed, OnePlus has increased the voltage to 20V while sticking to 1.5 amps. There are "isolated charge pumps" inside the OnePlus 8 Pro that will reduce the voltage back to safe levels before pumping it into the battery. As per Lau, this system has a charge efficiency of 97% which is better than other wireless charging tech in the market. The charger and the phone will also talk to each other and the former will automatically reduce the charging speeds if the device starts overheating.

The OnePlus 8 series will be announced via an online-only event on April 14.

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