Why don’t Nexus 5X and 6P have wireless charging? We have the answer!

The new Nexus phones do not have wireless charging but we already knew that. What’s the reason behind this decision though? Hiroshi Lockheimer from Google has the answer in a Reddit AMA but it’s still strange that a Google product from the company that embraced wireless charging in 2012 does not sport this innovative function now.


Nexus 2015 devices



All Nexus phones made starting 2012 have Qi wireless charging but this year we’re taking a break from all that. Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will always need a cable to be charged. MicroUSB cables are not always easy to use and with the introduction of USB Type-C, the problem goes away because you no longer have to check which side of the cable is up when you want to charge your device.


The new Nexii have the quick charge feature and an average full charge can take up to 100 minutes. Another reason for the lack of wireless charging options on the new Nexus devices is the fact that it would require space and thus, make a thicker smartphone, and we don’t want a thick smartphone, do we?

The official response:

[box type=”shadow”]HL> Thanks for being a Nexus fan! We added Qi wireless charging starting with N4 because plugging in USB micro B was such a hassle! (Which way is up!?) With this year’s Nexii, we support USB Type-C which has a reversible connector so there’s no more guessing. AND it charges incredibly swiftly: 1% to 100% in 97 mins on the 6P for example (the first ~45 mins of charging is especially fast). Meanwhile, wireless charging adds z (thickness). So, ease of plugging in + fast charging + optimizing for thinness made us double down on Type-C instead of wireless!

That’s pretty much it. Google didn’t use wireless charging because it would have made this year’s flagships thicker. Tough luck! Hey, we still have quick charge and USB Type-C chargers though!


Source: Reddit


Xiaomi Mi 4c to launch on September 22nd

Xiaomi is always up to something and this time it’s the Xiaomi Mi 4c, the newest iteration in the Mi 4 line. The newest smartphone is expected to launch on September 22nd if we are to believe a Weibo post. Speculations regarding the specs of this new Xiaomi device are running rampant but it appears that most are correct, since now we can share some of them straight from the manufacturer’s forums. The device is expected to launch in two variants, a 16GB storage version with 2 GB of RAM and a 32GB storage version with 3GB of RAM. This is official information you can also find on the Mi forum.


XIaomi Mi 4c render


When it comes to expectations, Xiaomi Mi 4c is supposed to come bearing a 5 -inch full HD display with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing snapper. Under the hood you should find something like a Snapdragon 808 SoC which has a hexa-core processor.


When it comes to connectivity, the rumored USB Type-C connector should be found somewhere on then device along with a microUSB to USB-Type C adapter for your convenience. The device should run on the most recent MIUI version, which is MIUI 7. The battery is rumored to be a 3,080 mAh battery. The new Xiaomi Mi 4c smartphone should weigh somewhere around 130 grams and it should have the same dimensions as the Mi 4i: 138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8 mm.


Mi 4c



Some AnTuTu marks were leaked as well and they prove that the device is indeed packing a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor plus 3G, GPRS/EDGE and 4G LTE connectivity options.


Xiaomi Mi 4c will cost around $240 when it comes to the 16GB version and the 32GB version will be priced a little higher. We will find out more on September 22nd when the device is officially launched.


Source: Firstpost