Pixel 8 might not see any wireless charging upgrades


The majority of smartphones these days come with support for wireless charging. The good news is that Google is expected to maintain that feature in the upcoming Pixel 8, but don’t get your hopes up at seeing an upgrade in that department.

This is according to a report from 9to5Google in which they spotted the Pixel 8 being listed on the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPC) website. Based on the listing, it has been suggested that the Pixel 8 will continue to use the same Qi wireless charging standard as its predecessor, meaning that it will charge at a max rate of 12W.

Why is this important? This is because at the start of 2023, the WPC officially unveiled the next iteration of its Qi standard called Qi2. As 9to5Google notes, given that the standard was only announced this year, it shouldn’t be surprising that the Pixel 8 might not support it as presumably development of the handset began much earlier, and now it might be too late for Google to switch things out.

We’re not sure if this is such a bad thing though. For the most part wireless charging is more about convenience rather than speed, which means that whether or not a phone uses the current Qi standard or the new Qi2 standard, it still functions more or less the same where you can enjoy the same wireless convenience.

It is possible that maybe this listing isn’t 100% accurate and that Google could adopt Qi2 for the Pixel 8, but either way we’ll have to wait and see.

Source: 9to5Google

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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