As soon as the 80W wired charging speed was introduced, OnePlus may come back with a new phone that almost doubles that already incredible charging speed. U.S. consumers may not care about the improvement because of a few main reasons.
It’s official: the OnePlus 10R will be available in India on April 28th, as OnePlus has previously stated. As teased on Twitter, OnePlus claims the OnePlus 10R will come with 80W SuperVooc rapid charging, much as the OnePlus 10 Pro did. A 150W SuperVooc version is also being offered for the OnePlus 10R.
Even with the 80W charging, it’s already rather quick. OnePlus claims that its new flagship can charge to 61% in 15 minutes at 80W speed. 150W charging is said to be able to fully charge a phone in that time.
Prior to the arrival of the OnePlus 10R in India, OnePlus aims to unveil a new device. Weibo postings and a listing on the Chinese website of the firm indicate that this will be the OnePlus Ace. Photos show that it’s a near-identical copy of the OnePlus 10R, which suggests that it’s the same phone, but renamed. However, the quick-charging capabilities will remain.
Fans of OnePlus may find this difficult, depending on where they live. It looks that the OnePlus Ace is only being released in China. It’s not obvious whether OnePlus has similar intentions for the OnePlus Ace, since it has previously launched phones in its home market only to expose them to other nations. The OnePlus 10 Pro came in January months ago before it was released this week in other countries.
If OnePlus were to invent a new technology, they wouldn’t be limiting it to only a few locations. That new 150W charging technology is likely to appear in other devices, even if the OnePlus 10R and Ace never leave their respective markets. This is true whether OnePlus resumes the release of its current flagship in the fall or if that boost to charging is added to the next OnePlus flagship, which is expected to arrive around 2023.
However, there is an added snag for users in the United States. While the OnePlus 10 Pro may be able to charge at 80W wired in the rest of the globe, 110-120V outlets in North America are not compatible with the technology. So, the new top phone can only charge at 65W.
As long as the OnePlus 10 Pro is fully charged, it doesn’t make any difference. After only 15 minutes of charging, the OnePlus 10 Pro reached a 55% charge—just a few percentage points under the 80W charging pace that OnePlus claims is feasible. Because of this, OnePlus consumers in the United States already have quick recharge times with their phones, even though the new 150 SuperVooc technology promises even faster recharge times in other regions of the world.
As a result, the speed at which flagship phones can be charged has been a major component in determining which devices are the best. This feature, however, may be nearing the point of diminishing returns if its full advantages are not accessible to a large portion of the world’s population.