No wireless charging for the new Nexus phones? Rumors tackle hardware no-shows

We’re down to the wire here with rumors and leaks about Google’s new Nexus phones, and in the final day before the company’s launch presentation (planned for noon Eastern tomorrow), a whole bunch of new details have been arriving to help flesh-out our understanding of the hardware. After rumors tackling the all-important question of device pricing, we’re back to hardware specs for this next round, as a couple rumors attempt to clarify some features we won’t end up finding on this year’s Nexus phones.

Google is not a fan of microSD on Android, and while the occasional rumor flirted with the idea that at least one of these models might buck the trend and arrive with expandable storage, that’s very much looking like it’s not going to happen.

What’s more surprising, though, is to hear of another feature that might sit this round of Nexus phones out: wireless charging. After rising to prominence over the last couple years, we’ve recently been surprised at some high-profile models arriving without wireless charging support – devices like the new Moto X Style.

And while Huawei might get a pass for not giving the metal-clad Nexus 6P Qi support (not that it couldn’t be done), it almost seems like an oversight for the Nexus 5X to land without wireless charging support. Whether this is a cost-cutting effort or something else, we don’t know, but it sounds like these two are going to be USB-C-only for their power needs.

Update: One more missing element: neither Nexus phone may end up getting optical image stabilization. This absence is being blamed on the unusual image sensors the two phones use, with larger-than-average pixels for better light sensitivity.

Source: Android Police 1,2

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