Google Pixel 6 Pro might actually charge faster than most Samsung flagships

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What you need to know

  • New regulatory labels have been spotted, listing the charging speeds for the Google Pixel 6 Pro.
  • The labels show 33W charging is likely to be featured on the Pixel 6 Pro.
  • The Pixel 6 Pro is expected to feature a large battery, 23W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging.

Anticipation for the Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro heats up as rumors continue to swirl about the upcoming Android flagships. The latest tidbit appears to all but confirm the reported charging speeds of the Pixel 6 Pro.

XDA-Developers appears to have gotten their hands on a regulatory label for the Pixel 6 Pro from the National Communications Commission in Taiwan, which is its equivalent to the FCC in the U.S.

The label shows the rated charging speeds for the 6 Pro, listing 5V/3A (15W), 9V/2A (18W), 9V/3A (27W), and 11V/3A (33W). This would corroborate earlier reports that the Pixel 6 Pro may feature faster charging speeds than its predecessor, as first reported by 91Mobiles.

Google Pixel 6 Pro Regulatory Label 33w Charging

Source: XDA-Developers (Image credit: Source: XDA-Developers)

Based on this, it seems like Google's upcoming flagship may feature faster charging than many of the best Android phones from Samsung, most of which top out at 25W aside from a select few. It's not a huge lead, but every bit counts.

It's also rumored that Google is preparing to launch a new Pixel stand that would charge the Pixel 6 Pro at 23W. These faster would be helpful when trying to top up the phone's reported 5,000mAh battery.

That said, 33W wired charging is still roughly half that of many 2021 flagships like the OnePlus 9 Pro. Additionally, Samsung is reportedly increasing charging speeds in next year's Galaxy S22 series, so Google may not have a lead over it for very long.

XDA points out three models of the Pixel 6 Pro — GLU0G, G8V0U, and GF5KQ, only the first of which was certified by the Taiwanese agency. However, the other models will likely feature the same charging speeds. Between the three labels is a list of countries and regions such as the U.S., Canada, UK, European Union, Australia/New Zealand, Singapore, and Japan.

To the dismay of some, Google has already stated that it won't include a charger in the box, so you'll have to make use of adapters you may have lying around the house or check out some of the best USB-C chargers.

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  • Would we be able to use a One Plus 65 charger on the Pixel 6, but at the Pixel maximum charge speed?
  • Short answer; no. Long answer; no, you wouldn't.
  • Short question: why?
    Long question: why not? Wouldn't the Pixel accept power at its maximum intake, even if the charger could deliver faster speeds to other devices?
  • It would, but not from that charger. Oneplus use a proprietary system developed by oppo, the pixel 6 will charge via the PD standard. Even with a PD charger, it has to support a compatible charging profile.
  • Wow! That's SUCH a high bar!
  • No it won't. I'm going to plug it in to the usb A on my power strip, or the usb c on the outlet in my kitchen, or the 500mA brick that came with my daughters Fire tablet 4 years ago, because Google can't fit a brick in the box. You don't get to sell fast charging and then put it behind a pay wall. May as well require a subscription for anything over 5w.