Recent OnePlus phones have been all about speed — from snappy performance to speedy charging tech. The company is so absorbed by this notion that it waited a long while before introducing wireless charging to make sure its implementation lived up to its high standards. The company's Warp Charge, previously Dash Charge, has been among the industry’s fastest charging solutions, but OnePlus doesn’t want to settle there and seems to be kicking things a notch higher with an even faster charging speed.
Earlier today, smartphone maker Oppo announced three new charging technologies it plans on using in upcoming products: a 30W VOOC 4.0, Wireless VOOC Flash Charge at 30W, and a tremendous 65W SuperVOOC 2.0. If history is any indicator, we'll probably see them licensed to companies like OnePlus for even faster "Warp" charging in the future.
OnePlus' Warp Charge standard pushes up to 30W to the company's latest 7 Pro, delivering 50% more power compared to the previous 20W Dash Charging system. And although OnePlus has decided to charge $5 more for Warp Charge cables, the older, cheaper Dash-compatible cables work just as well according to both a OnePlus product manager and our own tests.
The folks over at the Dutch site Mobielkopen have spotted a trademark application in the EU for "Warp Charge," filed on behalf of OnePlus. Presumably, this new name is set to replace Dash Charge, after OnePlus previously failed to secure it as an exclusive trademark in the EU.
One staple of OnePlus phones over the years has been 'Dash Charge,' the company's proprietary fast charging technology. The OnePlus 3 was first to include it, allowing the phone to charge two-thirds of the battery in roughly 30 minutes. If you watched the OnePlus 6 announcement live stream, you may have noticed that Dash Charge wasn't mentioned once - and there's a reason for that.
OnePlus likes to talk a big game about everything it does, and that statement is even more true when it comes to Dash Charge, the fast-charging feature introduced in the OnePlus 3 and 3T. If you follow the company's social presences, you'd notice at least a few mentions of Dash Charge every week, but this new video is a whole other ball game.
OnePlus got Emily Ratajkowski, who seems like the personification of a millennial (hate the word, but it's the most suited here) celebrity to explain how Dash Charge works, vocal fry and all. Presumably, loads of cash changed hands in the process, but not enough to make Emily seem less bored during certain segments of the 2min+ video.
The OnePlus 3 has fast charging tech called Dash Charge, a first for the company. However, the necessary code for third-party ROMs and kernels to support Dash Charge simply didn't exist at launch. OP said it would release the necessary code by the end of July, and lo and behold, here it is right on time.
OnePlus managed to integrate a fast charging solution into the OnePlus 3, but it's a non-standard one called Dash Charge. It's a licensed version of Oppo's VOOC, so it requires special code on the device and hardware in the adapter. Some OP fans were bummed that custom ROMs would not be able to support Dash Charge, but that will change next month when OP releases the code.
OnePlus announced the OnePlus 3 earlier today with a number of important improvements over last year's model. One of the more exciting is the inclusion of fast charging, which OnePlus calls Dash Charge. However, the company notes that Dash Charge is dependent on special hardware in the adapter itself. We've checked with OP, and that means you'll have to use the included hardware if you want fast charging.