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Google clarifies Pixel charging specs, with 15W for smaller model and 18W for the XL

It turns out there’s one other tiny difference between the and XL that we previously didn’t know about.

The smaller model maxes out at 15W charging speeds, coming up short of the promised 18W originally listed in ’s marketing materials. Police reached out to , which confirmed that indeed the charges at 15W. The tech specs have been updated on the official page.

The issue was uncovered by prolific tester Nathan K., who shared his findings on Google+. 

It sounds like nothing was intentional or malicious here. Most likely the Pixel team dropped down the spec from 18W to 15W for the Pixel and that detail was omitted in the official marketing materials. 

Nonetheless, our review of the Pixel and Pixel XL still finds them to be excellent phones, particularly if you crave the most Googley experience possible.

The impact on you: In practice this means yes, there’s a charging difference in capability between the two phones. Given the difference in battery size, and the reduced charging speed as the battery fills up, it’s not likely to make a noticeable difference. 

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