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The Pixel 8 might not get the wireless charging boost you crave

However, don't toss your Pixel Stand just yet.

Published onJune 1, 2023

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  • The Pixel 8 received a listing on the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPC) website.
  • The listing sheds light on the phone’s wireless charging speeds.

We’re not expecting the arrival of the Google Pixel 8 for quite some time, but the device has already passed a key regulatory hurdle. This week, a new listing on the WPC’s website revealed core wireless charging specs for the phone.

The regulatory body’s listing (h/t 9to5 Google) suggests that the Pixel 8 (specifically model GKWS6) will continue using Qi wireless charging technology with a maximum wattage of 12W. Interestingly, this is the maximum wattage third-party chargers can push to current Pixel devices. Google’s Pixel Stand (2nd gen), can deliver up to 20W to the Pixel 7 and 23W to the Pixel 7 Pro. Google could well be implementing the same disparity with its forthcoming series.

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Notably, the listing doesn’t reveal much else about the phone. The image used is not the Pixel 8, but we already have a good idea of the series’ aesthetics based on an earlier leak. There’s also no word yet on the Pixel 8 Pro, so we could still see a bump in wireless charging speed on the top-level model.

We expect the Pixel 8 line to debut in Google’s usual September-October announcement period, so expect several rumors to land before then.

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