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Qualcomm introduces Quick Charge 3.0 - powering up devices 4x faster!

Though their current fast charging method is amazing, the San Diego-based chip maker has just outdone itself by announcing Quick Charge 3.0.

Published onSeptember 14, 2015


We have been loving Quick Charge 2.0, which can get an average phone from 0% to 60% in just 30 minutes. But Qualcomm is not known for conforming. Though their current fast charging method is amazing, the San Diego-based chip maker has just outdone itself by announcing Quick Charge 3.0. This new technology is said to energize next generation Snapdragon-powered handsets faster, as well as more efficiently.

First, let’s talk about what most of you really want to hear about – how fast is this? Let’s put it all into perspective first. Quick Charge 1.0 is 40% faster than conventional charging. Furthermore, Quick Charge 2.0 managed to be 75% faster than the archaic system. Quick Charge 3.0 smokes all other practices by doubling the Quick Charge 1.0’s speed and improving upon Quick Charge 2.0 by 38%. The third iteration of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology can get a conventional smartphone from 0% to 80% in only 35 minutes!

Aside from the achievement of such insane charging speeds, this is the first time Qualcomm uses INOV technology (Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage) on its rapid charging processes. This new algorithm can help devices determine how much voltage they should request. In addition, it supports a wider array of voltage options. Quick Charge 2.0 only allowed for 5V, 9V, 10V and 20 V. With Quick Charge 3.0, the handset can select in 200mV increments, anywhere between 3.6V and 20V. And yes, it is USB Type-C ready!

Eager to test this new procedure? Qualcomm is announcing its Quick Charge 3.0 technology will be available starting with their newest processors, which include the Snapdragon 820, 620, 618 and 430. This pretty much means you should relax and sit tight, as we don’t expect to see phones carrying these until next year. This is great news, either way! It pretty much means most users won’t ever have to charge for multiple hours (or even one). Now that we know we can charge in less time, we need to continue figuring out how to charge less often.


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