Our friends at Android authority recently found that the Pixel 6 charges at just 21 watts, much slower than the “advertised” 30 watt speed (Pixel 6 Pro owners get 23 watts, which is worth it). And now Google is saying that its new phones are charging slower than expected to save battery life – what the hell is going on?
First, let’s clear something up. Google never said the Pixel 6 would charge at 30 watts. In fact, the company never disclosed the phone’s charging speed in its press materials, datasheets, or user guides. Fans of the company and press offices (including Review geek) simply assumed that the Pixel 6 would reach the maximum charging speed of its 30-watt power brick.
You know what they say about assumptions – they fuck you and me! But Google’s decision to withhold the Pixel 6’s actual charging speed (until called by) Android authority) is incredibly frustrating. Google fans openly celebrated the massive jump off their Pixel 5’s pounding 18-watt charge, and customers trying to find out the Pixel 6’s charging speed were met with a big “when they checked Google search or the GSM arena” 30 watts “faced.
Intentionally or not, Google has misled customers. But one good thing came out of this mess: Google had to explain why fast charging isn’t always good.
According to a statement by Google, the Pixel 6 is charged with 21 watts (instead of 30 watts) in order to reduce battery consumption. Higher charging speeds wear out a battery, shorten its service life and reduce the daily battery life. From this point of view, it makes sense to charge the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro with 21 watts and 23 watts, respectively.
Some customers would prefer that opportunity to charge his cell phone with 30 watts, which is understandable. But the average person doesn’t need a 30 watt charge, especially if they only charge their phone at night.
Even so, this news is very annoying. Google should have provided this information before launching the Pixel 6, or at least before calling it. It reminds me of when OnePlus was caught downgrading the performance of its flagship 9-series without telling customers – a lack of transparency is never good!
Source: Google via The Verge
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