Google's new Pixel 2 phones support even faster charging (update: not quite)


We already knew that the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both support fast charging and unlike some other companies actually ship with a fast charger in the box, but did you know that you can get even faster charging speeds with a more powerful adapter?

The Google Pixel 2s ship with an 18-watt Type-C + PD power adapters, but new this year is that the phones can actually support 27W charging from compliant PD chargers, according to Google's Benson Leung, known for his reviews of USB-C cables and chargers.

So if you do get one of those more powerful 27-watt chargers, you will be able to charge the Pixel 2s even faster and that's great news.

Update: And it seems that Leung has made a mistake this time around. Here is his clarification about the whole situation:



source: Benson Leung

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Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh

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20 Comments

1. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm always down for even faster charging. I don't have any such chargers though.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

All the Android smartphones ship with fast chargers, if it's supported. It's the iPhone's that don't ship with any fast chargers.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Ever since I've used dash charger, I cannot go black to normal chargers. I just can't wait anymore. The convenience of being able to top up to 90 from 30 just before heading to work is just splendid. And this, is going to be even faster!

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Meanwhile some phones can be fast charged by Mac book pro charger lol

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sure like new iphones supports fast charging but you need to buy a different cable and adapter......truly pathetic!

6. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Different cable and adapter has something new in them, those are true fast chargers. That is why you need to but them.

12. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

The reason you have to buy a cable for Apple, is because they use a proprietary port. Do you first have to buy a more powerful charger, and then you have to but a USB to USB-Type C cable, because the cable the iPhone comes with won't provide fast charging, and then you need an adapter to change USB Type C to Lightning, unless you buy a cable that comes with it. You will be out of an additional $60+ because Apple is a greedy OEM. That's why they have insane profits. You have to buy everything. God bless Samsung and other OEM's who aren't ripoffs.

17. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So are you sayin Apple's is a true fast charger, as apposed to every other Android OEM has fake, or false fast chargers?

11. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

If you have a Macbook...lol

5. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"unlike some other companies actually ship with a fast charger in the box" Why can't you just write Apple? I mean you guys love bringing up Apple in non-Apple related articles, just to glorify them so why not do that here as well?

7. libra89

Posts: 2281; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's true but Apple isn't alone with this.

8. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

When Apple & others deserve an applause, they usually only mention Apple. And some Apple fans have even said PA's not mentioning others because of their irrelevance to the present market so where's that logic now?

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The the devices that don't come with fast chargers. Please just list a few.

14. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

What other OEM's has fast charging, doesn't include the fast charger in the box?! Please name them. Apple is the only OEM who brags about seamless integration, and then they release a Macbook with No USB ports. How do you attach your iPhone/iPod/iPad to it, with the inbox cable with no adapter? It wouldn't be a big deal, if they simply included an adapter and they didn't even do that. Yet the Mac costs way more, in fact as much as 50% vs a Windows PC. Sorry, Apple is the only one doing this!

13. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Look who the writer is. What do you expect. They aren't gonna say it, they are to much in Apple's hip pocket, just like the US Gov't. Posting bad news about Apple even if true, means no invites to Keynotes or no free devices to test. Even if VH or the other claims they don't get phones from Apple and they buy their own, they not kissing up to Apple for nothing. They are gettign something, or trying their hardest to get something.

9. luis.aag90

Posts: 274; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

The information is misleading about the camera, I still sport a Galaxy S7 and have some sort of Portrait mode. It's called Selective Focus and can blur the background or the main subject after taking the picture. Of course it's not as handy as a dual lens system because Selective Focus needs the subject to be no farther than 20 inches, but still...

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I find the S6 and S7 selective focus underwhelming. It doesn't do much. It's there, but it's kinda meh. I saw some selfie samples by MKBHD with the Pixel 2 and I'm blown. The selfie cam does portrait even better than I can do with the back cam of the S7 Edge.

15. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Well its a newer phone, so it should be able to do more...right?

19. EnigmaticPsychotic

Posts: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

Good to hear. I just placed my order yesterday.

20. gamehead unregistered

but no wireless charging?

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