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Along with today’s official announcement of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the company is also introducing Quick Charge 4. The new version of its fast-charging battery technology will be used first with smartphones that have the Snapdragon 835 chip inside. Qualcomm claims it will allow owners to get 5 hours of battery life with just 5 minutes of charging.

See also:

Qualcomm Quick Charge vs Oppo VOOC vs MediaTek PumpExpress+ vs Motorola TurboPower vs the others (updated)

February 4, 2016

In its presentation slides, Qualcomm stated that the first three versions of Quick Charge have helped it to become the number one mobile fast charging method in the industry.

Over 100 mobile devices from companies like Samsung, LG, Lenovo, ZTE and even Google have used versions of Quick Charge, and there are over 300 accessory products like wall and car adapters, battery packs and docking stations that also support the technology.

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For the new Quick Charge 4 (yes, Quick Charge 4, not 4.0), Qualcomm says that it charges smartphone batteries up to 20 percent faster compared to Quick Charge 3.0. At the same time, the new version is up to 5 degrees (Celsius) cooler while also offering up to 30 percent more efficient battery life.

Quick Charge 4 charges smartphone batteries up to 20 percent faster with 30 more efficient battery life.

Quick Charge 4 supports both USB Type-C and USB-PD connections and Qualcomm says it also supports USB Power Delivery with a 3A cable and a 5A specification needed for that support.

Quick Charge 4 also uses the third version of INOV (Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage). This new iteration of the company’s power-management algorithm includes real-time thermal management. Qualcomm called this “a technology industry first” and claims it offers “advance charging optimization by automatically determining and selecting the optimal power transfer level for a given thermal condition.”

There will also be a new standalone charger, with 6A of current, that still operates at 95 percent efficiency at 3A. Qualcomm says their Quick Charge 4 standard will offer intelligent thermal balancing, with high current charging handled on the companion chip.

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In the wake of the concerns about exploding smartphone batteries that caused the recall and discontinuation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 this year, Qualcomm made an effort to promote the many safety features and improvements it is putting into devices that will support Quick Charge 4.

In the wake of the Note 7 recall, Qualcomm made an effort to promote the many safety features and improvements in Quick Charge 4.

Both the smartphone and its power adapter will feature protections against higher temperatures, currents and voltage. Qualcomm added that it is adding an extra layer of protection “to help prevent battery over-charging and regulate current throughout every charge cycle”.  Sensors and monitors will be put in the chip, battery and PMIC for keeping things cool.

Quick Charge 4 products can also be made to be backwards compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 devices on a case by case basis. Qualcomm says that the first Snapdragon 835 processors with Quick Charge 4 support will start appearing in products that ship sometime in the first half of 2017.

Are you more excited for Quick Charge 4 or the Snapdragon 835?

John Callaham
John was a newspaper reporter before becoming a technology and video/PC gaming writer in 2000. He lives in Greer, SC with his wife and five cats.
  • Will it be better than the upcoming version of VOOC Charge? Time will tell. But who gave them industry’s no. 1 best fast-charging tag?

  • Gibbs

    that is not a good unit of measurement….

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  • PandaTurtle

    5 hours in 5 minutes?!? That’s an absurdly fast charge! o_O.

    • balcobomber25

      It could be, or it might not be. We need more information like what size battery they are referencing, if those are 5 actual hours or standby/talk time. Too vague right now.

  • Sergeant Potato

    5 hours of standby?

  • Basket of Winning ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

    iSIS will love this.

  • Daggett Beaver |dBz|

    So much for Google demanding that OEMs comply with a Google-defined standard for fast charging.

    • Choda Boy

      Not Google-defined, Universal Serial Bus Revision 3.1 Specification defined.

    • balcobomber25

      Goolge never demanded it, they strongly recommended it and said they could end up banning non standard methods in the future.

  • Abhijeet Gupta

    Meanwhile iPhones are still getting charged in 3 hours

    • STT

      1.5 hours with a 12W charger. But true with the included 5W.

      • Abhijeet Gupta

        Still too slow. My 7 plus charges in 3 ours whilst my one plus 3 does that in 60 mins dot

    • PlanetVaster

      lol more like 5 hours for a full charge.

  • Choda Boy

    I am glad they support USB-PD. Let’s hope that is how the OEMs implement this with USB Type-C.

  • The Focus

    Well I’m excited about both the quick charge 4 and the SD835.

  • balcobomber25

    Statements like “5 hours of battery time” are so vague and nothing but marketing speak. There are too many variables in a phone that impact battery life, they also don’t mention if that is 5 hours talk time or 5 hours of actual usage.

    It still appears they are light years behind OPPO who claim their new Super VOOC can charge a full battery in 15 minutes.

  • gparmar76

    Qualcomm copying OP now by offloading more power charging to the brick rather than the phone…Dash charging is one of my favorite features on the OP3…I never worry about what percentage my battery is at anymore..Even when it’s at 5%, it’s full charged in 30 minutes…At 20 minutes I usually have 75%… Charging done right.