Google explains why Nexus 5X and 6P do not support wireless charging

The Google Nexus 4 (made by LG), the Google Nexus 5 (also made by LG), and the Google Nexus 6 (made by Motorola) all support wireless charging. So the newly unveiled Nexus 5X smartphone (made again by LG) and the Nexus 6P (made by Huawei) were expected to feature wireless charging, but didn’t when the devices made their official debut. So why don’t the two come with the feature? Apparently, wireless charging had to be ditched to make way for the devices’ new features.

No wireless charging explained

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At a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session, Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer (the one in charge of Android development), explained why the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P do not support wireless charging. According to the exec, the main reason why wireless charging was not on board the two was because of the inclusion of the new USB Type-C port, which allows users to plug the connector in on either side. Lockheimer says that the Nexus 6P, with the USB Type-C port, charges “incredibly swiftly,” from 1% to 100% in just 97 minutes. Krishna Kumar, Product Manager for Nexus 5X, added that 10 minutes of charging the Nexus 6P offers up to 7 hours of battery life, and up to 4 hours with the Nexus 5X.

The other reason why wireless charging was not included with the two was the thickness added if the feature was added. The Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X are 7.3 mm- and 7.9 mm-thick, respectively, which isn’t slim and isn’t bulky either. So adding the feature would result in rather bulky devices. According to past reports, “overall thickness and feel in hand were important factors” in designing the new Nexus phablet and smartphone.

The Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X are now available for pre-order from the Google Play store. According to the search giant, the two will ship later this month, but failed to reveal when exactly this month.

Planning to pre-order the Nexus 6P phablet or the Nexus 5X smartphone, despite the two not supporting wireless charging, or do you prefer devices that support the feature? Drop a comment on our Phones LTD Facebook page.

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