The Google Pixel 8 has doubtlessly revealed its wi-fi charging capabilities to the world and the information would possibly disappoint fairly just a few Pixel followers. Let’s discover out why.
On Wednesday, a brand new itemizing for the upcoming Google Pixel 8 (mannequin GKWS6) was registered with the Wi-fi Energy Consortium (WPC). That is customary regulatory apply for units intending on using Qi charging, however a few things stand out to even informal readers.
Initially is the Qi versioning of 1.2.4, which implies the Pixel 8’s model is equivalent to its predecessor, the Pixel 7 collection. When the Pixel 7 and seven Professional launched, Mountain View declared these telephones would cost wirelessly at as much as 23W, however players discovered shortly that that pace was attainable solely with the corporate’s 2nd technology Pixel Stand. In all different circumstances, charging was capped at 12W. Different telephones like Samsung’s S23 Extremely pace barely forward at 15W.
What some could name a missed alternative is that the Pixel 8 will not sport the most recent Qi2 protocol. This new model is derived from Apple’s improbable MagSafe, where we will anticipate to see magnets used to align with Qi charging coils and third-party equipment to match. MagSafe for Android units has been a long-requested function, so seeing Pixel 8 itemizing with out it’s sort of a bummer. Nevertheless, Qi2 was solely introduced in January, so it is attainable the finalized customary did not make the Pixel 8’s growth cycle.
All that stated, one key factor to notice right here is that there is not any Pixel 8 Professional itemizing on the WPC site, both. Whereas Qi 1.2.4 would possibly seem to be a achieved take care of the common Pixel 8, it’s attainable that Google would possibly reserve the newer (and higher) Qi2 for a flagship 8 Professional. Keep tuned as extra data turns into obtainable.