Qualcomm presented its new fast charging technology: Quick Charge 5.0. Capable of supporting a 100-watt charge, this innovation will allow users to charge a smartphone to 100% in 15 minutes or less.
Fast charging has become one of the most contested innovation areas in the smartphone world in recent months. Qualcomm strikes a big blow today with the announcement of a new standard: the Quick Charge 5.0.
This technology is capable of supporting up to 100 watts and may be used at the discretion of the manufacturer. It should be life-changing for users since a full charge will take just 15 minutes. What’s more, a 50% charge of the battery will take just 5 minutes! A notable improvement over Quick Charge 4+, which allowed a 50% recharge in 15 minutes. Of course, Qualcomm insists well on the safety of this standard, indicating to have worked to fight against the heating inherent in such a power. An uncontrolled load can indeed be problematic and cause fires, in the worst case. The temperature of the charging device is 10 degrees cooler than the Quick Charge 4+, Qualcomm says.
Qualcomm also specifies that Quick Charge 5.0 will be backward compatible. It will indeed be possible to use a 5.0 charger on a smartphone equipped with standard 4.0 and earlier without any problem (with the performance of 4.0 obviously). It will be deployed on two processors initially: the Snapdragon 865 and the 865 Plus. This technology will become more democratic overtime on the brand’s next SoCs.
Manufacturers To Adopt Soon
Now all that’s left is for the manufacturers to adapt and offer chargers accordingly. They didn’t need to be asked. Oppo recently unveiled its flash charge, a technology capable of supporting power of up to 125 watts. Other manufacturers, such as Xiaomi, Realme, Huawei, and Asus, are said to be working on the subject. Smartphones are more and more powerful and batteries do not necessarily keep pace. This autonomy concern could be corrected by the introduction of 100-watt recharges, the biggest improvement in this area. It remains to be seen whether this technology will remain reserved for high-end phones for a while or if it will arrive on cheaper products very soon.