October 2, 2022

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Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 3+ can charge devices from zero to 50% in 15 minutes

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Many new smartphones these days are focusing on things such as minimal bezels and multiple cameras. However, one thing that remains important is battery size. This is why many of these phones now also ship with big-sized batteries. This is, however, not enough. The bigger the battery, the longer it takes to charge, right?

Well, that is why fast-charging capability is now incorporated in many phones. Asides from the big battery, users also want proper fast-charging solutions. Companies such as Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo have ventured into this. We have seen 18W fast charging and now we are even going above 65W fast charging.

Unfortunately, these super-fast charging technologies are largely limited to premium smartphones. What we get in many mid-range devices is usually 18W or even less. Now, this is about to change as Qualcomm has unveiled its new Quick Charge 3+ standard. According to the company, this will bring “advanced charging at a lower price point”.

Qualcomm unveiled its Quick Charge 4 and 4+ standards back in 2017. So it was largely expected that we’d be getting the Quick Charge 5 or 5+ next. However, with the company going back to Quick Charge 3+, it wants to make fast-charging solutions available to affordable smartphones too. The feature will be available to Snapdragon 765G platforms.

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Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3+ will make its first appearance in the Mi 10 Lite Zoom or Mi 10 Youth. The phone is said to also come with Quick Charge 4+, making it the first smartphone in the world to feature both charging solutions.

Quick Charge 3+ Specifications

  • Fast Charging and Improved Efficiency: Quick Charge 3+ allows users to charge from 0% to 50% in 15 minutes. It is 35% more efficient and 9°C cooler than the previous generation.
  • Support for USB Type-A and Type-C cables and accessories.
  • Backward compatibility with previous-generation Quick-Charge devices.
  • Integrated cable power capability or identification.
Author: Vincent AbolarinVincent is an Electrical Engineer and smartphone enthusiast. Anything about smartphones, count him in!

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