16 September 2021
Google made the Pixel 5a with 5G official just a few hours ago. It is a budget Pixel smartphone packed with features and pricing that you would expect. However, the launch also had a very special announcement that affects all future Pixel smartphone launches including flagship ones. Google has revealed that Pixel 5a 5G is the last smartphone to come with an in-box charger.
It means all future Pixel smartphones including the upcoming Pixel 6 series will ship without a bundled charger. Google says since most users already have a USB Type-C charger, it does not make sense to ship every single unit with one. It is being seen as an eco-friendly decision which is exactly what Apple and Samsung also said while detailing their respective decision to ditch shipping chargers with the retail box.
In other words, Google is now the third major OEM to bid farewell to in-box chargers. It would not be surprising if many other OEMs, especially the Chinese ones, follow the suite and end up making similar announcements. All brands do announce it as an eco-friendly move, it goes without saying that it also helps them with the cost-cutting.
As for the Pixel 6 series, there will be two smartphones named Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Both of these phones are quite similar except for a few differences here and there. These will make the commercial debut of Google's first-ever custom-built chipset called Tensor. It is said to be one of the most powerful chipsets meant for smartphones. The launch event is expected to happen sometime during the fall of this year.