A phone with an IR blaster can be used as a universal remote control, allowing you to control various electronic devices such as TV, projector and so on in many places. Unfortunately, many smartphones with IR blasters aren’t as much as they used to be. OnePlus’s emphasis from the beginning of the brand establishment is well evidenced. Luckily, it is pleasing that this OnePlus 6 has IR blaster.
What is IR Blaster?
An infrared blaster or IR blaster is a gadget that emulates an infrared remote control to autonomously control a device that is normally controlled only by remote control key presses. The most common use of an IR blaster is to allow a recording device such as a DVR or VCR to change the channel on an external tuner such as a cable box or satellite receiver. This way, the recording device can automatically select the correct channel to record before starting the recording process. Two other common uses are to extend infrared signals in order to place remote-controlled products behind closed doors and to allow mobile devices to control infrared devices.
Does OnePlus 6 Have Both IR Blaster and NFC?
It’s difficult finding smartphones with both, most of the Samsung phones have it. But, most of the phones nowadays are coming with NFC. Almost all the Xiaomi redmi phones come with IR blaster.
There’s a laconic answer from Quora. NFC stands for near field communication. When NFC is turned-on on both the phones, one can share some files just by taping back to back. Although it uses Bluetooth to send the files, which is very slow. IR blaster is used to control televisions, projectors, etc. Basically most of the electronic devices that can be controlled using a remote. There are very few phones(apart from Samsung) which ships out with both of them on one device. If there’s NFC, there’s no IR blaster, and vice versa.
Is IR Blaster Dying?
Obviously, since Samsung S7 series dropped the IR blaster function, which means a hit for the fate of IR blaster technology. Wikipedia has a list of devices with IR blaster, while Redditors declared the IR blaster died two years ago. Let’s waiting to see how long it could go far.