Recent leaks about Google’s upcoming Pixel 8 series have left some tech enthusiasts feeling underwhelmed, particularly with regard to the smartphone’s wireless charging capabilities.
Following the runaway success of the Google Pixel 7 and the Google Pixel 7 Pro, attention has now shifted to the next generation in the lineup, the Google Pixel 8. With the series expected to be released around October, as suggested by historical release patterns, fresh leaks have started to provide a glimpse into what could be on offer for eager customers.
The latest leak, reveals that the Pixel 8 has been listed on a regulatory database for its wireless charging capabilities. Unfortunately, the listing indicates that there will be no notable upgrades over the wireless charging of its predecessor, the Pixel 7. The forthcoming device reportedly features the same 12W rating as the Pixel 7, and it won’t make use of the Qi2 standard introduced earlier this year. The Qi2 standard, which uses magnets to ensure proper alignment, similar to MagSafe on iPhones, would have been a significant step forward for the Pixel series in terms of wireless charging.
While wireless charging may not be the most essential feature for all users, it is still a convenient tool to have. The lack of advancement in this area is somewhat disappointing, especially given the opportunity for Google to make a real statement by adopting the newer Qi2 standard in their upcoming handset.
On a different note, no information has been revealed yet for the Google Pixel 8 Pro’s wireless charging capabilities. However, the possibility of different specs in this regard should not be ruled out entirely, leaving a glimmer of hope for fans looking for an upgrade in wireless charging.
Interestingly, the timing of this leak is worth noting. In contrast to the previous year, when regulatory information wasn’t filed until a week after the product launch, this early disclosure suggests that the new handset might be a more stable offering right from the start.
As we approach the expected release date, stay tuned for further updates on the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, including any additional leaks that may bring surprises or confirm our current expectations.