Google on Tuesday unveiled two new Nexus phones, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.
These phones come packed with a lot of features, but fans might be surprised and disappointed to learn that Google’s newest phones won’t come with wireless charging.
Keep in mind, Google’s last three Nexus phones — the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 6 — all supported wireless charging. Many other phones, including Samsung’s flagship smartphones and phablets, support it as well.
In lieu of wireless charging, Google’s new Nexus phones will require USB Type-C connectors. USB-C is the newest universal standard for charging: its design is reversible, it supports data transfer and video output, and it’s roughly one-third the size of current USB ports. Google is also using USB-C for its newly-announced Pixel C tablet, and you’ll start to see it on many new portable devices coming soon.
But why the change? Why did Google opt for USB-C as opposed to wireless charging?
In a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Wednesday, Krishna Kumar, Google’s product manager for the Nexus 5X, explained why new Nexus owners won’t be able to use wireless charging:
We support USB Type-C, which has a reversible connector and it charges swiftly: 10 minutes of charging gives you up to 4 hours of battery life on the Nexus 5X and up to 7 hours on the Nexus 6P. Therefore, we doubled down on USB-C rather than wireless charging. Moreover, with Android M features such as Doze, our screen-off battery life has been vastly improved.
So even though nobody wants more wires, it sounds like Google concluded that fast-charging is better than what counts as “wireless charging” these days. Most phones that offer wireless charging use the Qi wireless charging standard, which requires phones be built with a special backplate that only lets them charge “wirelessly” if they’re placed on a special surface, which is connected to a wall.
Google didn’t specify how long these new phones’ batteries would last — it says it can handle “all day” usage — but it sounds like many customers will be able to fully recharge in under an hour.
You can pre-order the new Nexus phones right now and get a $US50 credit in the Google Play store. The LG-built Nexus 5X starts at $US379, while the Huawei-built Nexus 6P starts at $US499. Learn more about the Nexus phones here.
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