On the stage of Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro launch event, besides the improvement in hardware configuration and external design, many people have placed their hopes on a drastic improvement in charging speed. batteries of two new flagship models. Google’s predecessor Pixel phones are often complained about because they support faster charging than competitors in the same segment.
The expectation is completely grounded because Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro support 30W charging capacity as announced by Google. To be fair, this is not a large number compared to other Android flagship models in the price range, but it is not bad either. However, a recent field test has shown that the new Pixel models do not seem to be fully capable of exploiting the maximum charging capacity as on paper.
Specifically, the Android Authority team performed an in-depth practical test to evaluate the battery life and charging capacity of the new Pixel models. The results are quite disappointing when both Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in fact only reach the highest charging capacity at 22W. Although this is an improvement over the Pixel 5 (18W), the difference is not too large and, importantly, much worse than the number announced by Google.
On its product introduction website, Google says the new Pixel models can “Charge from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes with Google 30W USB-C”. But in fact, in the tests of Android Authority, this charge is achieved at a capacity of 22W.
*Updated on 11/19: Google admits Pixel 6 and 6 Pro not charging at 30W
After many days of “hiding” and receiving a lot of bricks from the user community, Google has finally officially spoken up against the “allegations” of false advertising about the fast charging capacity supported on Pixel 6 and Pixel models. 6 Pro just launched. Sadly, these allegations turned out to be correct, as Google has publicly admitted that the new Pixel models cannot charge at the advertised 30W.
However, the company also has a relatively detailed explanation of how fast charging works on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro smartphones. Accordingly, the Pixel 6 can charge 50% of the battery in about 30 minutes using Google’s 30W Power Charger USB-C charger. It can take about an hour to charge the battery from 0 to 80%, depending on how the device is used and the temperature. Google confirmed that Pixel 6 can support a maximum charging capacity of 21W, while this figure of Pixel 6 Pro is 23W. That is relatively much lower than the level of 30 that Google announced when launching the product.
The company Redmond further explains that when the battery is almost full, the charging capacity will automatically decrease gradually to improve the life of the battery. Pixel 6 Pro, has a 5000 mAh battery, and it takes about 110 minutes to charge the battery from 0 to 100%. Also, it should be noted that this is the wired charging speed. In the case of users using wireless charging for the phone, the charging process will be less efficient and significantly slower than wired charging.
After all, this is not really a big deal for most users. And to be fair, the new Pixel 6 models are quite affordable in this era of “price storm” of smartphones in the high-end segment. Is it okay to criticize Google’s “lack of transparency” advertising way?