Google’s Pixel 3 XL will support wireless charging, according to a new leak which emerged online several hours back, showing the functionality in action. The video that can be seen below reveals a notch-equipped device that has already been depicted on a number of occasions in recent weeks, with a larger wave of sightings being recorded today after Google reportedly lost one Pixel 3 XL batch in Russia. While not all new leaks are perfectly indicative of a glass back being part of the package, Google’s upcoming Android flagship is clearly capable of wireless charging, as suggested by the video in question.
The charger used by the source may not be the Pixel Stand rumored to be launching alongside the Pixel 3 line given how the handset itself clearly isn’t standing while being charged, with the main takeaway here being that the Alphabet-owned company possibly has several such accessories in the work. The device signals the start of a wireless charging cycle with a short animation triggered less than a second after it makes contact with the pad but it’s still unclear whether Google opted for a Qi-based solution or a different charging standard. The first two generations of the Pixel series lacked wireless charging, though the feature was previously supported by select Nexus models, including the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 from LG and Motorola, respectively. While the Pixel 3 devices are expected to be bundled with a pair of earbuds, their wireless chargers will almost certainly be sold separately, less Google decides to break with all industry conventions.
Google is rumored to be announcing the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on October 4, with its last two annual hardware events taking place on that same date. Besides the new Android smartphones, the company is also said to be preparing the announcements of a Pixel-branded line of smartwatches, Pixelbook 2, and second-generation Pixel Buds. Consumers in the U.S., Canada, and select overseas market should be able to purchase all of those products by early November.