Here's why the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X don't feature wireless charging

Here's why the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X don't feature wireless charging
Since the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 6 all feature wireless charging capabilities, we were expecting the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X to support this feature, too. However, they don't - much to the disappointment of many Nexus fans. But why exactly did Google give up on wireless charging for its latest handsets? Well, this has a lot to do with a new feature that both the 6P and 5X are offering.

Earlier today, during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session, Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer (who supervises Android development) took the time to explain why there's no wireless charring support on the new Nexus family. The main reason is the presence of the new USB Type-C port, which, according to Lockheimer, lets users charge the Nexus 6P quite fast, from 1% to 100% in 97 minutes. Krishna Kumar, Product Manager for Nexus 5X, added that 10 minutes of charging provides up to 7 hours of battery life on the Nexus 6P, and up to 4 hours on the Nexus 5X. Plus, the fact that USB Type-C cables have reversible connectors eliminates a lot of the hassle that people had with older USB cables.

Another reason for not including wireless charring is that this would have added thickness to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X (which are 7.3 mm and 7.9 mm thin, respectively). Reportedly, "overall thickness and feel in hand were important factors" in Google's design decisions.

So, there you have it. These explanations make sense, but we're pretty sure that there are still plenty of users out there who regret the fact that the 6P and 5X don't support wireless charging.

source: Reddit

Related phones

Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)
Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)



1. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Thickness is a good enough reason to ditch it but the type C and fast charging thing? I still rather have no cables at all.

2. SkOne

Posts: 105; Member since: May 02, 2012

The galaxy s6 is 6.8 mm thick and it manages to have wireless charging, NFC, MST. The thickness is not a good enough reason.

4. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015


13. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Somebody needs to make a usb-c Qi wireless charging receiver film or tag. They currently sell micro USB wireless charging receivers (tags) on Amazon for less then $10, and they work with almost any Android smart phone.

30. engineer-1701d unregistered

this will hurt the nexus sales a lot. People that buy nexus phones are tech people and they want the newest best from google so giving them wireless charging and then taking it away is not good

5. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

Right. I can understand the hump for bigger camera sensor but pretty lame excuse for no wireless charging. I like the design and great built quality but I'm still on the fence while using the N6.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Ideally I'd prefer it thicker so there's no camera bump And use that extra space for wireless charging, more battery and thicker cooling plates Although, for the 6P wireless charging might not be possible due to the metal back Unless if Qualcomm has released their solution (but Qualcomm might require the 820 for that)

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, metal is fairly good reason not to have it but Qi wireless charging is utterly useless. Until they implement the A4WP method I dont think wireless charging will anything more than a minor convenience. It's fine on my moto 360 but I wouldn't care if I had to wire charge it wither because it's borderline the same. Now if it charged on my wrist while I slept with actual, ranged wireless charging that would be amazing.

16. willard12 unregistered

I think the range on A4WP is up to 5 cm.

24. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Wireless charging is the perfect way to charge especially the fast wireless charging that I get on my s6 edge plus.

21. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

You forget to mention the small battery he he he

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Took the words right out of my mouth.

37. Bondurant

Posts: 787; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

S6 has smaller battery.

39. Loveneesh

Posts: 452; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

But not comes with USB type C.

29. engineer-1701d unregistered

the galaxy s6 i have 1-100 is less then that by almost 10-15 mins its still not a good reason.

3. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

I'd still rather have wireless charging. Also I hate how companies say "up to" like seriously .. Saying "up to" doesn't guarantee it will actually meet that expectation. Set a minimum, "at least".

15. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Typical consumer: up to 7 hours= 7 hours

6. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

What about FAST wireless charging?

18. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It remains a Samsung exclusive, Note 5 fully charged in 2 hours wirelessly.

25. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Yep my s6 edge plus has it and it's now something I want on all my phones

8. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

This wireless charging people keep wanting sounds very magical, does your phone just charge from the airwaves? I always presumed you had to lay it on some kind of dock/pad that was WIRED in? So pretty much like plugging your phone in, except you plug the dock in... All seems rather convoluted and pointless.

10. TBomb

Posts: 1709; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think it's more of the convenience of just being able to walk into a room plop the phone on the desk without any thought and keep walking that makes it so appealing. If it stays plugged into the dock (like you and me both presume is correct) then you dont have to worry about the cord falling behind a desk or wherever it's kept when you unplug and take the phone anchor away. if it becomes mainstream then more research will go into the technology and that can move it forward faster than if there was no backing in the area which is always good.

17. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

You plug in the charger just once. After that, just lay the phone on the surface. That vs plugging the phone once or twice a day. It's kind of a shame since I already have multiple wireless chargers around the house.

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You know, that sounds so ignorant. Have you ever used a wireless router, isn't it still using Internet access from a wire? You so I ND like a drilling fool. As long as something needs power, it's never totally wireless.

35. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's awesome. I never used my usb plug on GS6 once and I have had it since launch. So in those 6 months I avoided the plug god knows how many times. So it adds up.

36. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

This statement right here. I can count how many plugs I have gone through since my kids keep destroying them plugging their Kindle Fire HDs in them. My 1 plug that goes into my wireless charger stays in that charger and never ever gets unplugged so it's still in pristine condition. Same wire in there for the last year (Note 4 bought at launch with official Qi battery cover). Also this preserves the phone's USB port from getting damaged from the constant plugging and unplugging of the cable. I charge my phone once a day which is at night next to my bed on the nightstand using the wireless charger and I wake up with a full phone the next morning, using my QuickCharge 2.0 charger in my car when I need to do the occasional quick top-up.


Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Wireless charging as we currently know is a good bit of a gimmick. The only real worthwhile method is solar charging...and we still have a long way to go with that technology.

12. iqjumpuw

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Lame excuse... Samsung Note 5 and Edge Plus has quick charging as well as quick wireless charging and they are thinner than the new Nexus phones... Not saying the new Nexus are bad but it sounds like they are just coming up with excuses...

14. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

A better excuse would be Apple wants to patent it.

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