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Google explains how Pixel 6 series charging works

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San Francisco, Nov 18 (IANS) Tech giant Google has responded to allegations that the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro do not charge as fast as some have expected, confirming that their charging speeds are a deliberate trade-off for better battery life.

It follows a report from Android Authority which found that the phones’ maximum power draw was around 22W, well short of the 30W that Google’s latest USB-C charging brick is technically capable of, reports The Verge.

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A spokesperson for Google confirmed that the maximum power draw of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are 21W and 23W respectively when used with its 30W USB-C charging brick, adding that charging speeds also decrease as the phones’ batteries fill up to preserve their longevity.

In a community support post, the company noted that these figures are the inevitable results of battery tradeoffs.

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“A battery can be designed for high energy density, or for fast charging power capability, which requires trading off capacity to minimize battery degradation,” said the spokesperson.

In other words, a phone can offer long battery life, or fast charging, but it cannot do both at the same time. So, Google prioritised a longer battery life and designed the phones to draw a more modest amount of power when charging.

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The recently launched Pixel 6 features a 6.4-inch OLED display, while the Pixel 6 Pro sports a 6.7-inch LTPO display that will come with a variable refresh rate ranging from 10Hz to 120Hz.

–IANS

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