With the advent of smartphones made of glass, the possibility of including a wireless charging system inside our devices has been included, a feature that is being talked about a lot these days and that is not alien to the controversy. We believe that mobile phones with wireless charging should be the standard, at least in the high range, and that is why we explain why.
Already a few years ago Apple gave a lot to talk about the fact and not include a wireless charging system in their devices despite being built premium, and although curiously its latest models that includes it, other manufacturers have decided to dispense with it in the Android market.
When a smartphone has a glass back, it allows to install an electromagnetic induction system in the device, but although the glass is standardized even in the middle ranges, wireless charging does not.
OnePlus is one of those manufacturers that has decided to dispense with this system in its latest flagship, and today it has joined HTC with the U12 + . The reasons for not including this system are so varied that you see the picturesque, and seem in some way an excuse for the manufacturer to lower costs rather than a reasoned decision.
OnePlus tells us that Your user community has not requested This feature, but it is also true that not all changes in the market have come as a result of the community of users, but some have not been exempt from controversy as the notch of the iPhone X or the fact that Samsung itself gave the jump to the glass, when one of its identifying ranges were the batteries replaceable by the user.
We also see how the cost It is usually included among the arguments given by the manufacturers, but it is also true that when we talk about smartphones that start from 500 euros upwards, it is difficult for us to believe that the inclusion of this system made the profitability of the device unviable or that it would mean an increase considerable price, given that massive purchases of components often lead to very low prices for wholesalers.
One of the arguments that has given us the most grace is the Charger cost for the user , since it seems simply absurd. That a smartphone supports wireless charging does not mean that the seller must include it in the box, since we all expect a cable charger inside the box and will be the one we use most of the time. In addition, wireless chargers have come down a lot in recent years, and the user is free to say whether he wants to invest in one or not.
Against the wireless charge has also been argued its slowness, something that does not stop being true, but that we do not consider an argument against either. That is, we know that users do not use wireless charging as a standard method, but that it is slower does not mean that it can not be extremely useful at certain times, however fast the proprietary charging systems such as the OnePlus Dash Charge or Qualcomm’s Quick Charge.
The fact that the HTC U12 + does not integrate wireless charging means breaking with a tradition for which this company was a pioneer in integrating technological innovations, since some of its older mobiles already included it as the HTC Droid DNA .
Now HTC tells us that this system would have made the device much thicker, but is that the HTC U12 + already has measures of 156.6 x 73.9 x 9.7 mm and a weight of 188 grams, so if the designers of the device have not managed to make a smartphone that does not have a thickness of about 1 cm, the blame should go the other way, not for wireless charging.
Good proof of this are the Galaxy S9 Y S9 Plus , two mobiles with wireless charging and which has a thickness of 8.5mm quite acceptable.
We know very well that no technology is perfect. It is true that a wireless charging base forces us to have the device in a certain place and that is usually slower than most fast charging systems but, perhaps a classic charger does not force us to have our smartphone near an outlet?
Mobile phones with wireless charging can move from the charging base and stop recharging your battery, but is it not easier to accidentally pull a cable and disconnect it from the phone? Or what is worse, that our smartphone remains one to the cable and leaves flying through the air …
And is that we return to the same, almost no one will use a wireless base as its main method of loading, but it is a very useful invention that can get us out of a hurry in more than a moment.
Without going any further, the charging connector of my last Galaxy S6 died by using it too much while charging, and while deciding whether it repaired or renewed my smartphone, a base charge of 17 euros allowed me to continue using it without problems.
Of not having had my Galaxy S6 that feature that I did not give importance at first, I would have seen overnight without a smartphone and with all my data inaccessible, so this option (and Amazon) saved my life .
It should also be noted that mobile phones with wireless charging are friends of modern cars , since it has happened to all of us to go out and discover that our smartphone is almost without a battery. In these cases a charged powerbank is our salvation, but a car with a cargo base is more comfortable and also much more “cool”, since you forget to carry cables from one place to another.
In summary, Although wireless charging has its pros and cons as any other charging system, the truth is that it never hurts on a smartphone, since it is fully compatible with lifelong chargers and at the same time gives us an alternative option in those situations in which the use of a normal charger is not possible.
That is why we believe that if a manufacturer wants to make a high-end device, and especially if we talk about a terminal of 800 euros like the HTC U12 +, should be excused and include it among its capabilities, as it could be the final element to throw back some other buyer, and we assume that no company wants that, right?