Fast charging on phones has already passed the 100W barrier, and not only by OPPO and Xiaomi: Qualcomm wants to compete with manufacturers by implementing loads of more than 100 W in the new Quick Charge 5. The new standard is 70% more efficient than Quick Charge 4 and is supported by the Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+.
Fast charging on mobile is one of the workhorses that manufacturers use to offer greater appeal on their phones. Brands like OPPO, Realme or Xiaomi have presented loads of more than 100 W, a type of proprietary technology that will gradually reach its new models. And it’s not the only company investigating how to minimize charging time: Qualcomm just introduced its new technology. Quick Charge 5, a type of fast charge within the reach of almost any brand.
Four times faster than QC 4 and up to 10º C less heating
Evolution of Quick Charge 5. Qualcomm image
Quick Charge 5 represents a huge leap compared to Quick Charge 4.0: Qualcomm has achieved a heating of up to 10º C less, the efficiency is up to 70% higher, charging is four times faster and also safer. All incorporating up to twelve voltage levels that even allow security protections to be maintained above 30 V. And with charging speeds that, according to Qualcomm, allow 50% of a battery to be recharged in 5 minutes. We ignore the capacity of that battery.
The new charging technology is official and is now available for the best Qualcomm processors of this 2020: the Snapdragon 865 and 865+. Manufacturers who want to implement the new Quick Charge 5 will be able to add it to their phones as long as these have the mentioned SoCs and the energy controllers adapted to the new brand standard: Qualcomm SMB1396 and Qualcomm SMB1398. Both are aimed at the highest range of phones.
Quick Charge 5 is compatible with all previous versions of Quick Charge, also with Power Delivery and with charging from Apple mobile devices (from iPhone 7 onwards). Includes 8 levels of voltage protection and 3 levels of current, temperature and timing protection. Everything for manufacturers to implement fast charges on their phones that can exceed 100 W and without the need to invest in their own technology.
Quick Charge 5 supports voltages above 30 volts while offering up to 8 levels of protection for those voltages.
Qualcomm ensures that the first phones compatible with Quick Charge 5 will arrive from this third quarter of 2020.
Qualcomm Quick Charge already supports over 100W: Quick Charge 5 promises to recharge a 4,500 mAh battery in 15 minutes