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Galaxy S6 and Zenfone 2 charge up the fastest, test finds

Testing by Tom's Guide has found that the ASUS Zenfone 2 and Samsung Galaxy S6 are the two fastest charging smartphones.

Published onAugust 25, 2015

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Fast charging is almost an essential feature for the heavy smartphone user these days, what with battery life not being quite up to scratch. Many phones released this year feature Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, and other handset vendors, such as Samsung and OPPO, have their own versions too. Tom’s Guide has gone through a selection of recent flagships to see how quickly they can be charged up.

To summarize the results, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and ASUS Zenfone 2 come out as the clear winners, although their charging patterns are a little different to each other. The Google Nexus 6 and LG G4 also put in a good result, while the iPhone 6 and OnePlus 2 lag quite a long way behind.

The Zenfone 2 is the fastest out of the blocks, reaching 17 percent charge after just 5 minutes and 32 percent after 15 minutes. Come the 30 minute mark, the Zenfone 2 and Galaxy S6 have pulled quite a way out in front, both surpassing the 50 percent market. Other handsets are still in the low 40s at this point.

30 minute fast charging Toms Guide

In the latter stages of charging it is the Galaxy S6 that takes a strong lead though. The handset reaches 80 percent battery life after just 48 minutes and a full charge after 1 hour 22 minutes. The Zenfone 2 finishes charging after 1:49 and the other Quick Charge phones mostly finish in the similar 1:50-ish region, what with different battery capacities affecting the results slightly. The OnePlus 2 and iPhone 6, neither of which feature fast charging technology, fall some way behind, both taking well over 2 hours to complete a full charge.

This is certainly an impressive showing for the low cost Zenfone 2, especially given its large 3,000mAh battery. It is also easy to appreciate why some users were disappointed at the lack of a quick charging feature with the new OnePlus 2. Be sure to check out the source link below for a detailed breakdown of the results.

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Is quick charge technology a must have feature for you these days, or are you still happy to leave your phone to charge over night?

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