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Google explains why the two new Nexus phones lack Qi wireless charging

Nexus 5X - Nexus 6P

While there are a lot of features lacking on the #Nexus6P and the #Nexus5X, one thing that stuck to the fans was the lack of wireless charging, which has been available on all Nexus phones since the Nexus 4 (2012). However, Google decided that using Qi wireless charging didn’t make sense this year. Why? Well, the company gave out a detailed response during its Reddit AmA (Ask me Anything) session.

Here’s what the Google Nexus team’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said about the exclusion – “We added Qi wireless charging starting with N4 because plugging in USB micro B was such a hassle! (Which way is up!?) With this year’s Nexii, we support USB Type-C which has a reversible connector so there’s no more guessing. AND it charges incredibly swiftly: 1% to 100% in 97 mins on the 6P for example (the first ~45 mins of charging is especially fast). Meanwhile, wireless charging adds z (thickness). So, ease of plugging in + fast charging + optimizing for thinness made us double down on Type-C instead of wireless!

What do you make of this exclusion? Was Google justified in leaving out Qi wireless charging with the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P? Sound off below.

Source: Reddit