Despite all the fuss over fast-charging technologies sprouting left and right within the mobile world, the most important names therein market seem to be laid back, almost unconcerned about how slow their flagships phones are therein arena. Samsung has been flip-flopping between 45W and 25W, the new iPhone 13 still maxes out at 20W, and Google’s Pixel phones haven’t gotten past 18W since their incarnation. It seems, however, that the tides of change have finally trapped with the Pixel 6 Pro, but probably still not during a gigantic wave.
Faster charging technologies are the industry’s attempts to catch up on the lack of innovation in batteries themselves. We’re still just about using equivalent volatile chemicals since the very first mobile phones, just safeguarded with better circuits and smarter software. Fast-charging tech tries to push more power into those batteries in the safest way possible.
Of course, there are also some disadvantages to pushing that much power in such a brief time, which usually shortens the battery’s lifespan, which will be why manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, and Google have tried to remain off the trend. And once they do, they don’t dive headfirst.
XDA has gotten hold of data that confirms Google’s plans to upgrade the Pixel 6 Pro’s charging capabilities. From the rather meager 18W, Taiwan’s NCC certification notes that the Pixel 6 Pro will support 11V/3A charging, meaning 33W. Admittedly, it’s still not the “standard” 65W in many smartphones lately, but it’s still a crucial breakthrough, especially for Google.
However, that doesn’t mean Google will ship the Pixel 6 Pro with a 33W charger, presuming it ships a charger in the least. It’ll presumably still require separate purchase of a licensed Pixel charger or a minimum of a USB PD compliant accessory.