Starting next year, some smartphone owners could begin using quick-charging technology that will give their devices a five-hour energy boost in just five minutes, according to Qualcomm Technologies. The newly unveiled Quick Charge 4 will arrive on the market in the first half of 2017, the same time that new devices start coming out with Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 835 processor.
Qualcomm released the first version of Quick Charge in early 2013, eight months after its acquisition of circuit-maker Summit Microelectronics, which developed the technology. The 3.0 version of its quick-charging technology is currently incorporated into more than three dozen smartphones, including the Asus ZenFone 3, the HTC 10 and the LG V20, and many more devices support Quick Charge 2.0.
Compared to Quick Charge 3.0, the version coming out in 2017 will speed up charging of compatible devices by as much as 20 percent and improve efficiency by up to 30 percent, Qualcomm said. The company added that Quick Charge 4 will also improve safety by preventing battery overcharging and overheating, with charging temperatures that are up to 5 degrees Celsius cooler.
Growing Demand for Faster Charging
“Think of all the times you only had five minutes to charge, but that didn’t give your phone enough juice to get to the next charge,” Geoff Gorgon, staff manager for product marketing, wrote today on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon blog. “Five extra hours of battery life can get you there and further. Have more time? Quick Charge 4 is engineered to charge a typical smartphone from zero to 50 percent in about 15 minutes or less.”
Gordon cited a study done earlier this year by the Chinese market research firm Sino-MR that found 60 percent of smartphone buyers take fast-charging capabilities into account when shopping for their next devices. He added that similar research by…