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.