Google explains '5X' and '6P' naming, and lack of wireless charging, on its new Nexus devices

What's up with that "X "and "P"?

Following the reveal of both the Nexus 6P and 5X two days ago, it was a little unclear as to why Google chose to drop support for wireless charging, seeing as it was a widely touted feature in previous Nexus devices, such as the LG Nexus 4, which debuted almost three years ago.

And now we have the answer, in a Reddit "Ask me Anything" several Google engineers responsible for building the devices lined up to answer questions from redditors on the subject, and the team places the blame on a desire to keep device thinness as slim as possible, while also claiming that the benefits of USB Type-C help make wired charging a lot less onerous than it may have been in the past.

You may ask yourself, why not both? – but apparently the extra thickness would have been a deal-breaker. One of the team members went on to say that:

"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!"

On the naming of the devices, to put it simply, "P" is for Premium (not Phablet) and X is supposed to represent the “core of the Nexus brand” and because "it sounds cool!" Can't get clearer than that.

You can read the full Q&A for other Nexus related questions here.

Source: Reddit via Pocket Now

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