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Sony WF-1000XM3 review: The only true wireless earbuds you need

Sony WF-1000XM3
By Sony
$ 228 purchasing options

Sound quality
Google Assistant integration
Modern design
Auto play/pause
Adaptive sound
Intuitive touch controls


Large charging case
No water-resistance

Bottom Line

The Sony WF-1000XM3 may be costly, but the excellent ANC performance makes it easy to justify the earbuds. Sony’s tri-contact point mechanism keeps the earbuds in place without sacrificing comfort. A big drawback is the lack of high-quality codec support — no aptX or LDAC; however the DSEE HX processing facilitates clear audio. If you want the best of what true wireless tech has to offer, get these.

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Native Union Dock Wireless Charger review: A fashionable option

Wireless Charging Dock
By Native Union
$ 69.99 purchasing options

Appealing design


Limited to 10W charging

Bottom Line

The Native Union Dock Wireless Charger is for those seeking form over function. It looks great, but is oversized and charges at a slower rate than competing chargers.

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How fast is OnePlus’ Warp Charge 30 Wireless?

OnePlus 8 Pro on warp charge pad 3

One of the OnePlus 8 Pro’s nifty features is support for Warp Charge 30 wireless charging. This proprietary wireless charging tech from OnePlus requires you to purchase a specific wireless charger from the company. In exchange, you have 30W wireless charging that can hit 50% charge in  just 30 minutes, according to OnePlus. That’s just a fraction slower than the wired version of Warp Charge 30, which hits 50% in 23 minutes. The OnePlus 8 Pro also supports Qi, but at much slower charging speeds.

Of course, we don’t like to take any company claims at face value. Plus, there’s more to the whole charging picture than just hitting 50%, such as time to full charge. So we’re going to dive into our data to see how Warp Charge 30 Wireless and wired compare.

Wired vs wireless charging times

Let’s dive straight into the numbers. Collecting the charging data is simple enough, we discharge the phone fully and then track the time taken to fill the battery. We made sure to turn Optimized Charging off to see the fastest possible charge time using the technology.

Despite both charging methods boasting 30W of power, wired charging is notably faster. Time to full charge takes pretty much bang-on an hour, while wireless charging is about 15 minutes slower. The two charging methods start out quite close together up to the first 30%, before gradually drifting apart in charge time for higher capacities. Both also slow down rather similarly for the last 10%. We also see that OnePlus’ claims about hitting 50% charge in just 29 minutes for wireless and 50% in 23 minutes for wired hold up.

The OnePlus charging dock features a built-in fan to help with heat dissipation by blowing a small amount of air across the back of the phone. It’s whisper-quiet and I didn’t notice any heating issues while charging wirelessly. If you’re worried about heat and battery longevity, you can leave OnePlus’ optimized charging setting on to reduce battery load overnight even when charging wirelessly.

The key takeaway is that both Warp Charge 30 versions will have your phone back up and running in no time. But wired charging is still the fastest for quick top-ups from empty.

I also tested standard Qi charging to see how slower it is compared to OnePlus’ Warp Charge 30 Wireless. I didn’t plot the whole time because, frankly, it took far too long. 4 hours and 14 minutes to charge with what I presume is about 10W Qi charging from a Google Pixel Stand is completely impractical. It couldn’t even hit 50% after an hour and a half. OnePlus’ proprietary solution is much better for a quick top-up throughout the day, even compared to the fastest 15W Qi solutions out there.

Why is 30W wireless slower than 30W wired?

OnePlus 8 Pro Warp Charge 30 Wireless box

15 minutes doesn’t sound like much, but it’s a quite-significant 25% increase in full charge time from the move to wireless. However, it’s not necessarily obvious why 30W wired charging is a fair bit faster than 30W wireless charging. The key is understanding that the rating doesn’t necessarily relate to the power that makes its way to your smartphone.

The wattage rating usually refers to the amount of power consumed by the wall plug, but not all of that power makes its way to the handset. With any type of charging, power can be lost across the power transistors and even the wire from plug to phone.

Wireless transfer across the air sees an even larger transmission loss. The conductive transmitter and receiver coils are nowhere near 100% efficient, so power is lost as part of the wireless transmission, often in the form of heat. With this in mind, wireless will always be slower than wired for the same power.

Although not quite as fast as wired charging, Warp Charge 30 Wireless does a good job marrying fast charging speeds with the convenience of wireless. The only drawback is that you’ll have to pay an extra $ 69.95 for OnePlus’ charging dock if you want wireless charging speeds that are miles faster than standard Qi.

OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger Fast charging without the wires
Charge your OnePlus 8 Pro from 0% to 50% in just 29 min with the OnePlus Warp Charge 30 Wireless Charger. Also supports Qi to charge your other wireless gadgets, albeit at slower speeds.

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This could be the OnePlus 8 Pro fast charging wireless dock

OnePlus 8 charging dock side profile leakEvan Blass

The OnePlus 8 series is coming in hot and leaks just don’t seem to be subsiding. The latest one is a series of images showing the alleged wireless charging dock, a screen protector, and a transparent bumper case for the OnePlus 8 flagships.

The leak comes courtesy of tipster Evan Blass who also previously outed images of official case variants for the OnePlus 8 line.

While images of the OnePlus 8 screen protector and transparent bumper case are pretty self explanatory, the wireless charging dock is something we’ve not seen from OnePlus before (see images above and below).

This is the first time OnePlus is incorporating wireless charging on its phones and as per previous rumors the OnePlus 8 Pro will feature 30W wireless charging. We still don’t know for sure if the same tech will also be incorporated on the standard OnePlus 8 variant, but rumored specs suggest otherwise.

What’s that at the back?

When seen from the front, the supposed OnePlus wireless charging dock seems to have a tiny LED indicator to show when the phone is on charge. A Warp Charge symbol with battery percentage is also seen on the display of the OnePlus 8 phone placed on the dock.

OnePlus 8 wireless charging dockEvan Blass

The back of the white colored dock shows something that looks like a speaker grille. However, it could very well be a cooling vent with an in-built fan to keep the phones cool.

Wireless charging usually tends to heat up phones more than wired charging and a cooling vent would make a lot of sense, especially if the phones are equipped with high-speed wireless charging.

On the other hand, a speaker at the back could make the OnePlus 8 phones function more like a smart display. It could allow users to have a better hand-free experience while taking calls or listening to music and other audio content.

Nevertheless, we’re just happy that OnePlus could finally be giving us wireless charging on a flagship. The company is now a part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) which  supports the Qi wireless charging standard. So it would be reasonable to assume that whichever OnePlus 8 phone gets wireless charging will also work with other third-party Qi wireless chargers.

Do you like this apparent OnePlus wireless charging dock? How much do you think the company should charge for it? Drop us a line in the comments section below.

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This all-in-one charger is a wireless charger and a power bank

Three-port Charger with Qi Enabled Wireless Charger and Power Bank

As you accumulate more devices with different charging methods, an all-in-one charger becomes increasingly handy. We’ve come across a great option, and you can save almost $ 100 with today’s deal.

This versatile three-in-one charger has two high-speed USB ports and one USB-C port. It can also act as a wireless charging pad for any Qi-compatible device, so it’s the only adapter you’ll need.

Never run out of power again.

There’s another handy feature in case you’re out of juice and nowhere near a socket. It doubles as a 6,700mAh power bank, so it should be able to restore any phone to full charge.

The compact design is the key to its portability. The charger looks bulky in the promo shots, but it’s actually only around three inches square and one inch thick, making it sufficiently small for a pocket or bag. The LED display shows how much power is left, as well as adding to the sleek look.

The three-in-one charger at a glance:

  • Use the USB-C outlet to power your compatible laptop.
  • Use the wireless charger with any Qi-compatible device.
  • Plug into any 120/240 VAC outlet and even use it in foreign countries.
  • View how much power is left with the built-in LED display.

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Google could offer a native wireless ADB option in Android 11

Google is working on a wireless ADB solution for a future version of Android.

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) functionality is one of the most important features for developers and enthusiasts, allowing you to communicate with your Android phone via PC.

ADB traditionally requires a wired connection from your phone to the computer, but XDA-Developers has spotted AOSP commits showing that Google is working on wireless ADB functionality.

It seems like users will be able to toggle a “wireless debugging” switch in developer options, then create the connection by scanning a QR code or entering a six-digit code. It’s unclear when we’ll see this feature in Android, but Android 11 seems to be a likely candidate.

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XDA notes that there are a couple of ways to create a wireless ADB connection, but they aren’t well-known or suffer from security issues. So this new solution would certainly be a welcome addition.

This might be a handy feature for people using computers without full-sized USB ports, or if you lost your phone’s USB cable. It could also be convenient for people who simply don’t want to deal with wires in the first place.

Do you use ADB functionality? What do you think of this solution? Let us know in the comments!

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