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Google Pixel 2 XL's charging measured at 10.5W

The Pixel 2 XL. (Source: Techradar)
The Pixel 2 XL. (Source: Techradar)
Nathan Park, a freelance hardware engineer, has carried out tests on the Google Pixel 2 XL, discovering an intentional bottleneck on the device that limits the power received by the phone from the 18W supplied by its stock charger to just 10.5W.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is looking to be the late-year sibling of the OnePlus 5, as the number of its troubles and issues continue to rise. The issue of its grainy display is well-documented and some users have also reported problems with their touch, with Google yet to provide concrete solutions to these problems. The latest matter of contention is the phone's charging specifications, as a user has measured the charging wattage and discovered it only gets to a maximum of 10.5W.

Nathan Park, the user in question, tested the power received by the 2 XL, with the 10.5W result being a far cry from the 18W the charger is capable of supplying. This low charging wattage, as pointed out in the original post, is most likely intentional by the OEM, with Google looking to reduce the strain that comes with higher wattages, thereby increasing battery longevity. For the greater good, yes, but that doesn't mean much users have to wait a whole two and half hours to get a full charge, especially considering that's an hour more than the average flagship takes to charge.

Users on r/Android have reported wildly differing charging statistics, so there's a chance this issue, much like the display ones, varies from phone to phone.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on this.


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Ricci Rox, 2017-11- 5 (Update: 2017-12-17)