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News ticker: Google Pixel 8, Xiaomi 13 Ultra, Nothing Phone (2)

The Google Pixel 8 charges wirelessly, the Xiaomi 13 Ultra soon charges worldwide and the Nothing Phone (2) charges three major updates.
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Google Pixel 8 charges wirelessly with 12 watts

Like every smartphone that supports wireless Qi charging, the Google Pixel 8 has just gone through the certification process of the Wireless Power Consortium. Unfortunately, the listing includes a placeholder image, so you can’t see the design. However, the model number GKWS6 fits.

Interestingly, Google unveiled the Pixel 7 series to the public last year just a week after its appearance on the WPC website. This year, however, that would be a pretty big surprise, as the Google Pixel 8 series isn’t expected until October along with the Pixel Watch 2. Qi charging is again designed for a maximum of 12 watts, putting a damper on rumors and speculation about support for the newer Qi2 standard, which was announced in January this year.

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Xiaomi 13 Ultra goes global starting next week

While Xiaomi launched its flagship 13 Ultra back in April in China, there is now a possible global launch date. Xiaomi Hong Kong has confirmed that an event dedicated to the Xiaomi 13 Ultra is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7th. Hopefully official pricing and availability details will come to light in the process.

A recent leak on the prices suggests that the Xiaomi 13 Ultra will go for 1,299 euros in the Netherlands and 1,277 euros in Germany. Earlier rumors, on the other hand, were at a whopping 1,499 euros. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra is one of the best camera phones on the market right now.

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Nothing Phone (2): Size and 3 years of Android updates confirmed

A few weeks ago, Nothing founder Carl Pei confirmed that a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset will power the Phone (2), which will be released in July. The CEO also recently confirmed a 4,700 mAh battery. Now the company has announced the display size of the Phone (2). At 6.7 inches diagonally, the panel is 0.15 inches larger than the Phone (1). The resolution should remain at FullHD+.

In addition, Nothing stated that the Phone (2) has a carbon footprint of 53.45 kg, over 5 kg less than the Phone (1). There are also three times more recycled or bio-based parts on board, with retail packaging being plastic-free. According to Nothing, the update strategy of the Phone (2) has also become more sustainable with three years of Android updates and four years of security updates.

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