What you need to know
- The Google Pixel 6 will reportedly not ship with a charging adapter.
- The recently launched Pixel 5a is said to be the last Pixel to chip with a charger.
- The move follows similar strategies from Apple and Google.
According to The Verge, the upcoming Pixel flagship won't ship with a charging adapter in the box, making the Pixel 5a the last of its kind for Google's smartphone lineup.
We've reached out to Google for details, but the company reportedly told The Verge that it will omit the adapter from future smartphones because most people already have a charging brick. And even for those that don't, many of the best USB-C chargers are quite affordable.
The move isn't exactly a surprise, as more smartphone OEMs have taken to omitting the charging adapter after Apple stopped shipping it with the iPhone 12 series. Both Apple and Samsung cite environmental reasons for the change, which could lead to a reduction of e-waste, although cost is likely a factor as well.
Meanwhile, we have no information on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro battery capacity outside rumors of 4614mAh and 5000mAh, respectively. There's also no indication of what we can expect from the charging speed, but given that Google is apparently expecting consumers to use adapters they already have, the phones may not get much of a speed bump.
Meanwhile, come companies like OnePlus have continued to include the adapter with newer smartphones like the OnePlus 9 Pro, which feature much faster charging speeds than Samsung or Google's current offerings. However, it's possible that this may change in the future, but OnePlus hasn't given any indication that it will stop shipping adapters with phones any time soon.
It just keeps going
The Google Pixel 5a may not look like much, but this device offers many of the best features from the well-received Pixel 5, but with a larger battery that keeps you connected well over a day. And it comes with a charging adapter in the box for a quick top-off.
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