Billy Zhang, Oppo’s Vice President for International Sales and Services, made the announcement during the European launch of the Oppo Reno8 series that the company will no longer include charging cables within “many devices” retail packaging beginning in the coming year.
The VP did not specify which devices would receive the lighter packaging, however.
Here’s the entire quotation:
“We will pull the charger from the box over the coming year to purchase other products. We have a strategy. It’s not as simple for users to gain access to the SuperVOOC chargers therefore we need to keep them within the packaging. But, as we’re expanding our business we’re considering remove chargers from the box and placing them in our stores to ensure that our customers can buy chargers and keep using them , even after they upgrade their devices. .”
While many Oppo’s competitors have already taken the chargers from their packaging and are often using the USB power delivery, users can still utilize a range of third-party and first chargers.
Additionally, companies such as Apple and Samsung specifically don’t really push the envelope in terms of charging speeds. Therefore, you can utilize the 45W or 20W charger in a variety of their phones, without suffering too significant performance losses.
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Oppo is known for its tendency to constantly increase the power of VOOC however it’s proprietary, therefore the need for a new charger.
But for the moment we’ll trust their statement that they’ve got plans and, if that plan requires removing the charger from entry level and mid-range smartphones, then that will be fine.
For example that 80W SuperVOOC support offered by Reno8 along with the Reno8 Pro will be sufficient for the time being.
Also, even though at less power than the VOOC implementation Oppo phones provide an USB-powered power supply (e.g. the Reno8 does Power Delivery in 18W).
Of course, this could alter. For comparison purposes the SuperVOOC charger with 80W costs PS40.