Google Pixel Stand leak confirms revised design, new UI, the hint of active cooling and wireless charging support for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro
Evan Blass has got his hands on numerous Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro marketing assets, including a few showcasing a new Google Pixel Stand. Google released the original model with the Pixel 3 series in 2018, which it continues to sell for US$79. The Pixel Stand can recharge Pixel smartphones at up to 10 W, a relatively low wattage compared to the 50 W that the OnePlus equivalent offers.
The leaked images show the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro on the Pixel Stand, effectively confirming that both devices will support Qi wireless charging. While that should be a given, the likes of Sony reserve wireless charging support for their more expensive smartphones. For example, the Xperia 5 III lacks wireless charging support, but the Xperia 1 III has it.
Reputedly, the new Pixel Stand will recharge the Pixel 6 series at up to 23 W, a higher wattage than previous Pixels manage over a wired connection. The new model also holds devices at more of a vertical angle than its predecessor, which should make devices easier to interact with when charging than on the old Pixel Stand.
Additionally, Google has overhauled the Pixel Stand UI with a Material You refresh. Now, Media controls sit above Home controls, all with colourful twists. Incidentally, both photos show 'Performance mode' and 'Quiet mode' shortcuts, first seen by 9to5Google in Android 12 Beta 2. Seemingly, these shortcuts relate to fan modes, hinting that the new Pixel Stand may feature a small fan of some kind.
Presumably, Google will unveil the new Pixel Stand alongside the Pixel 6 series on October 19. Allegedly, Google will also showcase the Pixel Fold at the event, along with the Pixel Watch and the Pixel Tab.