Why the Nexus phones don't have Qi wireless charging: USB Type-C rocks

05 October, 2015
Part of the reason we liked the Nexus 5 (2013) so much was that it incorporated technology that wasn’t mainstream yet – things like OIS and wireless charging. So it was disappointing to see the new Nexus phones take a step back, but at least now we know why.

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  • AnonD-579399

I've become accustomed to my wireless charger for three years and if necessary I will change to Samsung to continue having wireless charging available in my phone. I was considering the Marlin but it doesn't look like it's going to have the feature.

  • OGP

I see only one god reason to omit Qi wireless charging in 5X and 6P.

Google just wants some time to "rethink", to make another versions like 5XX or 6PP and kindly ask us to buy.

And what'd you think?
I'd buy this 5XX if they ready to take back my current 5X for 100% original price.
Hello, Google?

  • Andy

I charge my phone over night. I don't care - is it 15 minutes or 5 hours. I didn't use any charging cables in my phones for last 3 years.
Both or my family cars have phone holders with Qi.
Never missed Nexus model before (started with Nexus One). But going to skip 5X and 6P.
Hopefully Google will reconsider and next nexuses will get wireless charging back!

  • AnonD-81610

Up to quotes I was thinking that this is BS. Then in second part on article they confirmed my suspicions. But what about OIS? First part of article mentions it and the then nothing.

  • Anonymous

JKay, 05 Oct 2015So disappointed. I have bought wireless chargers for both my par... moreI think cos of the slow charging speed of the previous generation so people generally prefer wired ones. No doubt wired is still faster now but if i'm not in a hurry just placing it on the pad is good. And besides, the new fast chargers fully charge your phone in about 2hrs, even faster than some of the phones that people are still using now.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-216564, 05 Oct 2015Lolx... then whats the use of this so called wireless charging t... moreThings are gimmick if you don't use it. What about saying 4K video recording is a gimmick then? Cos half the people i know dun even know they have 4K recording in their phones so it's pretty much useless and even when i told them, they said they can't be bothered to. Wireless charging is nice, i don't like the idea of having to plug in and out the cable. Both have their pros and cons, if one don't suit you just don't use it.

  • Anonymous

Hov, 06 Oct 2015I'm using the nexus 6, with wireless charging and one of the pro... moreHmmm, i think there is a sweet spot. I bought 1 cheap one about 16 USD with 3 coils and i can turn it any way i want.

  • Hov

I'm using the nexus 6, with wireless charging and one of the problems I faced with the charger was that it would only charge in a certain orientation, is that the case with all qi chargers or just the cheap one I bought?

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 05 Oct 2015How is it more cumbersome than picking up a plug, finding the ho... moreReally?? How about somebody calling you while your phone is charging on wireless pad?

  • AnonD-216564

Anonymous, 05 Oct 2015I'm sure you still can, just hold the whole wireless charger up ... moreLolx... then whats the use of this so called wireless charging thing :P thats why its a gimmick xD

  • S class

Anonymous, 05 Oct 2015It only makes sense to people who are yet to try wireless chargi... moreI have a Samsung wireless charger I got with s6. My sis uses the s6 and I use the charger with my nexus 5. I hate it. Read my comment below I've explained why.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-216564, 05 Oct 2015Wireless charging is a gimmick and will always be until its comp... moreI'm sure you still can, just hold the whole wireless charger up as well. It would be just as good as using a charger with a wire that way! :D

  • AnonD-216564

Wireless charging is a gimmick and will always be until its completely wireless..... with wired charging u have the ease of using ur fone in bed while laying... but with wireless charging? Lolxxx XD

  • Anonymous

Mark, 05 Oct 2015Stupid explanation. We didn't have problems plugging the phone t... moreThe wireless charger needs to be plugged in to the wall, and plugging in the micro-usb cabel, also attached to the wall, is not difficult and only takes 1 second!

  • Starcube

AnonD-70006, 05 Oct 2015I've destroyedeevery usb port on my phones. I hate usb for charg... moreStop being such a careless slob then. How about you actually make an effort to NOT break your electronics?

  • Mark

Stupid explanation. We didn't have problems plugging the phone to the charger. It's the ease of wireless charging that makes it so convenient, you don't have to plug anything in, just place the phone on the charging pad.

  • Anonymous

It only makes sense to people who are yet to try wireless charging. After you do, you can't go back and even a dying battery will make you look at offered USB plug with reluctance.

I consider the USB type C to be a 50% solution to something the wireless charging fixes almost 100%. That said, I'm very glad the USB type C is replacing the micro usb.

They saved costs in making the phone and then jack up the price to the level of the flagships that they are trying to steal the spotlight from...

  • AnonD-234961

It's the stupidest explanation possible.

How about saying the truth: it's a feature that is rarely used but it costs money to implement.

  • AnonD-70006

I've destroyedeevery usb port on my phones. I hate usb for charging and don't tell me you're not or haven't seen that guy that has to prop his phone in a certain spot just so it charges. And if we're so in love with being able to plug it in in two positions why not just use the old headphone jack for usb as it plugs in in 360 degrees.