Three years after Apple, Oppo finally decides to DROP chargers from the box

Oppo has announced its plans to drop the charger from the box starting 2023. Here is all you need to know.

| Updated on: Sep 02 2022, 13:39 IST
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1/5 Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G: Design- The phone comes with a minimal and classy look, easily grabbing your attention. Though perceived as a mid-range segment phone, holding it in your hand imparts a premium feel. Similar to the Find X5 Pro launched in the international market, the Reno 8 Pro gets a glass back cover that gradually fuses into the standalone camera bump. The cameras are paired with the Ring Flash on the rear which only enhances the beauty of the phone. The Reno 8 Pro is lightweight (183 g), thin (7.34 mm) and gets a boxy look. (Priya/HT Tech)
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2/5 Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G: Display- The phone gets a 6.7-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with slim bezels and a refresh rate of 120Hz (Max). Oppo finally goes to a 120hz panel and the differences are immediately noticeable. The display is smooth and it feels flawless while scrolling. The AMOLED display allows for great colors and contrasts. Even the bezels are minimal. (Priya / HT Tech)
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3/5 Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G: Performance- Available only in one variant of 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, the Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G gets power from the MediaTek Dimensity 8100-MAX 5G SoC. Also, with the presence of ColorOS12.1 on top of Android 12, the phone manages to handle every task with ease without showing any sign of lag. However, with the price tag the Reno 8 Pro comes attached with, seeing preloaded apps and bloatware was a huge disappointment. You may also get annoyed with the unnecessary notifications pushed by the browser app. (Priya/HT Tech)
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4/5 Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G: Cameras- Powered by Oppo’s MariSilicon X Imaging NPU and Dual Sony Flagship Sensors (IMX766 & IMX709), the Reno 8 Pro 5G gets a 50MP main camera, 8MP wide-angle camera, and 2MP macro camera. At the front, you get a 32MP selfie camera along with Sony IMX709 RGBW Sensor. The images clicked in the daylight with the main camera are satisfactory, showing every minute detail, and the colours captured were true to life. The front camera performance was also decent, however, the pictures seemed over exposed and enhanced. (Priya/HT Tech)
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5/5 Oppo Reno 8 Pro 5G: Battery- The phone is equipped with a 4,500mAh battery and gets the support of the 80W SUPERVOOC charger. The phone can easily survive a day with your regular phone stuff. While coming to the charging capabilities, the company claims the phone can charge 50 percent of the battery in 11 minutes. And to my surprise, the phone did charge FAST! It took around half an hour to charge to 100 percent from 10. (Priya/HT Tech)
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Oppo plans to remove the in-box charger from its phones starting 2023.  (Priya / HT Tech)

Apple introduced the trend of dropping in-box chargers from 2020 and soon after, rival Samsung followed with the trend with the Galaxy S21 series. Xiaomi did the same in some markets and now Oppo is ready to join the list. After stuffing its packing boxes with some of the fastest charging adapters for smartphones, Oppo is now ready to drop them from the packaging boxes starting 2023. And it could start with the early 2023 Find X series flagships and maybe trickle down to the Reno series phones.

There is however, a big problem with Oppo dropping the charger from the box and that has to do with its ecosystem of VOOC chargers. Oppo says that its fast SuperVOOC chargers are not easy to find and hence, Oppo needs to ensure there are enough stocks available in the stores. Most of Oppo's phones can achieve their superfast charging speeds with these adapters only and the regular 18W chargers are unable to replicate those same speeds.

Oppo plans to drop chargers but there is an issue

In a launch event in Europe, Billy Zhang, Oppo's VP of overseas sales and services said, “We will take the charger out of the box in the next year for several products. We have a plan. It's not that easy for consumers to get access to [SuperVOOC chargers], so we have to keep it in the box. However, as we are expanding our business operations, we are looking to taking chargers out of the box and put them in the store so that our users are able to buy the chargers and continue using them even when they upgrade their devices.”

It remains to be seen how Oppo goes around pricing the SuperVOOC chargers, given that Samsung and Apple charge a hefty premium for their slower Power Delivery chargers. However, Oppo's chargers fill up the smartphone batteries pretty fast and some of them also support USB-PD formats, something that cannot be said for the Apple and Samsung chargers.

Most brands drop the chargers from boxes of premium high-end smartphones, since these customers can afford to spend extra on the chargers. In the budget segment, it is only Samsung that denies supplying the charger from its Galaxy F and Galaxy A series devices.

Did You Know?

Apple started the trend of dropping the in-box charger in 2020 with the iPhone 12 series launch. Apple quoted “environmental reasons” for making the move. Xiaomi followed the same move, albeit in a different way – it gave a choice to customers for buying the Xiaomi Mi 11 with or without the charger. Samsung dropped the charger from its Galaxy S21 series in 2021.


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First Published Date: 02 Sep, 13:02 IST