Google has already semi-announced its next flagship smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, although the full unveiling is still scheduled for sometime during the fall. Today, the company made the mid-range Pixel 5a official, and also took the opportunity to reveal a new detail about the upcoming Pixel 6 series.
Neither the Pixel 6 nor the Pixel 6 Pro will ship with a charger in the box. Google is thus following in the footsteps of Apple and Samsung, the biggest companies currently doing the same thing – either for all devices (Apple), or just for flagships (Samsung).
The Pixel 5a is thus the last Google phone to include a charging brick in the box. Google told The Verge that most people already have a USB-C charger, so there’s no point in including one anymore. Like Apple and Samsung, Google stayed mum on the fact that this move also helps them save some money. Surprise, surprise.
It will be interesting to see if the Chinese phone makers will ever follow this trend, as a lot of their marketing is focused on charging speed, and to achieve all those amazingly quick top-ups you need to use the brick and cable in the box. That investment in very fast wired charging may just be what will keep those bricks in those (Chinese) boxes for just a tad longer, we’ll see.
In Google’s case, its products were never among the fastest to charge, and the same goes for both Apple and Samsung, so we kind of see a theme here.