Another day, another Google Pixel 2 XL problem, as owners complain about slow charging times for the smartphone.
In-depth analysis revealed that the reason behind the new Pixel 2 XL problem is that the device is not fully utilizing the power that its charger provides.
Pixel 2 XL Slow Charging Problem
The Google Pixel 2 XL, like the smaller Pixel 2, is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The chipset supports fast charging, which shortens the charging of smartphones.
While the smaller Pixel 2 is apparently not affected, several reports have claimed that the Pixel 2 XL is suffering from a slow charging problem.
A user who goes by the name Nathan K., ran some tests on the Pixel 2 XL, and results were pretty bad for the smartphone. The Pixel 2 XL comes with a wall adapter that Google claims can charge the device with up to 18W of current. However, in the analysis, it is revealed that the wattage that the Pixel 2 XL draws from the charger starts at 15W but falls to 10.5W after just a few minutes. The wattage then falls further down after 50 minutes.
The charging time for the Pixel 2 XL, from a 15 percent charge on its battery to a full charge, was 2.5 hours, which is far too long for a supposedly fast-charging smartphone.
The theory is that Google and LG have avoided putting too much stress on the Pixel 2 XL battery so that it will last longer, choosing durability over performance. This is not a severe issue for the Pixel 2 XL, but it is certainly not what owners would have hoped from the smartphone when they were told that it was a fast-charging device.
Pixel 2 XL Issues: Does Google Regret Rejecting Muskie?
The original Pixel 2 XL, with the codename Muskie, was rejected by Google, and eventually transformed to be released as the HTC U11 Plus. A third model, made by LG and codenamed Taimen, took over as the Pixel 2 XL that we see today.
Is Google now regretting ditching Muskie for Taimen? The company has not released an official statement on the matter, but it is certainly possible.
The Pixel 2 XL issues started with burn-in problems on the smartphone's display, which later led to the rise of other complaints on the Pixel 2 XL screen that included dead pixels and green lines. Owners of the Pixel 2 XL also reported poor audio quality while recording videos, as well as Android Auto crashing randomly.
There were even reports of Pixel 2 XL units with no operating system installed at all that were rolled out to customers.