We are still a few months away from the launch of Google’s flagship lineup for this year, the Pixel 8 series. But, despite such a large window of time before the launch, we know several things about these devices.
In recent news, a listing of the Pixel 8 has been spotted on the Wireless Power Consortium’s site. The listing shows that the Pixel 8 will support Qi wireless charging, the same standard of wireless charging adopted on the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro.
In addition to this, the maximum wireless charging speed is rated at 12 watts for the Pixel 8. Interestingly, the WPC listing for the Pixel 7 series popped up after a week of their launch. But the Pixel 8 listing has shown up at least three to four months before September, when Google usually launches the Pixel series yearly. So this could indicate an earlier launch or simply an accident.
The listing does not reveal the design since it has the Pixel 6 as the display image. However, the model number (GKWS6) does align with the Pixel 8. Besides, the design of the Pixel 8 Pro has already been leaked earlier in a promotional video. And the Pixel 8 will look pretty much the same if we go by the history of Pixel phones.
The WPC announced the new Qi2 standard for wireless charging back in January this year. This standard allows a device to get charged faster, with more efficiency. It uses magnets to ensure the device is correctly aligned with the charger. This helps reduce energy loss and increase the charging speeds even at the same wattage.
Unfortunately, the Pixel 8 does not seem to adopt this new standard. It is sticking to the older one only. However, the Pixel 8 Pro has not yet been spotted on WPC’s site, so there could be a slight chance it supports Qi2 charging. But that is just speculation without much to back it up. So take it with a pinch of salt, and do not get your hopes too high.