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Late last year Huawei demoed an experimental fast charging technology that managed to charge a 3,000 mAh battery to 50% capacity in just five minutes. Following that, the company has now filed a trademark application in the EU for something called SuperCharge, which sounds an awful lot like it might be the commercial name for Huawei’s turbo-charging technology.

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The timing makes it seem likely that we’ll see SuperCharge included in the Huawei Mate 9 which is expected to be announced at IFA 2016 next month. While other companies have fast charging tech in abundance – think Dash Charge, VOOC, Quick Charge 3.0, PumpExpress, TurboPower and so on – Huawei’s stands out because it doesn’t damage the battery like others can.

As our own John Dye wrote last year:

Huawei claims that this method of battery design doesn’t affect battery life. The charge speeds are able to be obtained by using hectometers bonded to a molecule of graphite in anode. Huawei says that this functions as a “catalyst for the capture and transmission of lithium through carbon bonds.”

What that translates to in layman terms is that Huawei has an entirely new battery charging technology on their hands, and we might get to see it in commercial form as soon as the start of September. With smartphone cameras hitting a solid standard in the last year or so, battery tech is the last remaining mobile standard in dire need of improvement. SuperCharge might just be the change we’ve been waiting for.

What do you want from smartphone batteries? Would superior battery tech make you buy one phone over another?

Up next: How to save battery life on Android

Kris Carlon
Kris Carlon is a Senior Editor at Android Authority. He is a half-British Australian who lives in Berlin, travels a lot and is always connected to a laptop, phone, smartwatch or tablet (and occasionally a book).