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Google is releasing new flagship Pixel smartphones this year with exciting improvements that range from an updated camera system to a brand-new, in-house SoC called the Google Tensor, but there’s one thing that users won’t find when they open the box.

As reported by The Verge, Google has decided that it won’t be shipping its Pixel 6 smartphones with a charger. Future Pixel smartphones won’t ship with one either; the last Pixel to include a charging brick will be this year’s cheaper Pixel option, the Pixel 5a.

Google justified the decision by explaining that most people already own a USB-C charger, so there’s no real reason to include one with its Pixel smartphones going forward. The charger is also being dropped presumably for environmental reasons, as a good bulk of them might just end up adding to the world’s e-waste.

Google’s decision in ditching the charger follows on the heels of other major manufacturers that have done something similar. Those would include Apple and Samsung, both of which no longer offer in-box chargers.

Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones will be released this fall.

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There’s […] an environmental argument for ditching the charger: fewer redundant chargers being shipped to customers theoretically reduces e-waste. That’s tough to prove, though, and potentially just means that the greenhouse gas emissions of producing and shipping accessory chargers will be spread around between more companies as people buy them from third-party manufacturers.

Source: The Verge

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7 Comments

  1. You have to love it when they try to spin a blatant cost savings move and sell it as something positive to you (environmental savings)

    How about this? If you want to sell a phone without a charger, it comes out of the manufacturers profit, and the phone is cheaper.

  2. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 39855, member: 225″]
    Doesnt bother me one bit, glad I can use my old ****.
    [/QUOTE]

    My biggest concern is that the charger that comes with the phone is usually the one that charges the best/fastest for whatever phone you have.

    Now I am going to have to research more charger specs to make sure I get the right one.

    Either way, I won’t have to until 2+ years from now. I just preordered the 5a.

  3. The only USB-C chargers I own
    [QUOTE=”Zarathustra, post: 39856, member: 203″]
    My biggest concern is that the charger that comes with the phone is usually the one that charges the best/fastest for whatever phone you have.

    Now I am going to have to research more charger specs to make sure I get the right one.

    Either way, I won’t have to until 2+ years from now. I just preordered the 5a.
    [/QUOTE]

    I’m still using the charger for my 2XL on my 5 and there is no difference in charge rate. Or for the charger of my wife’s 3aXL either. They’re all the same.

  4. [QUOTE=”Riccochet, post: 39868, member: 4″]
    The only USB-C chargers I own

    I’m still using the charger for my 2XL on my 5 and there is no difference in charge rate. Or for the charger of my wife’s 3aXL either. They’re all the same.
    [/QUOTE]
    Yeah for a phone, the difference is going to be small, if there even is one.

    For bigger items, like tablets or computers with USB-C, there can be a big difference, those can charge at some pretty high rates with relatively big batteries.

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