Google Pixel Stand is a smart but expensive wireless charger for the Pixel 3 and 3 XL
At its annual Made By Google event, the company announced the Pixel Stand – a Qi wireless charger designed for the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. It supports rapid wireless charging at rates of up to 10 watts, whether the phone is in portrait or landscape orientation. It comes bundled with its own power adapter and a fairly long, USB-C power cable. But what truly makes this $79 accessory worth your attention is it's integration with Google's latest phones.
When a Google Pixel 3 or 3 XL is docked on the Pixel Stand, its lock screen UI changes to be clearer to see even from a distance. You can interact with the phone using voice commands or on-screen suggestions. In the morning, the display gradually lights up as your alarm is about to go off, for a more gentle start of your day. It makes for a good companion when listening to music through the phone's front-facing speakers. And when your Pixel 3 is idle, its screen displays a slideshow of your best images from Google Photos.
At this time we're unsure if the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will function in this fashion if placed on a Qi wireless charger other than the Pixel Stand.
The Pixel Stand wireless charger can be pre-ordered now on Google's online store. And if the $79 price tag seems a bit steep, here's our selection of the best wireless chargers we've tested.