Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0: what’s up, USB Power Delivery?

The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 seems a beefy proposal for future smartphones. Let’s hope it doesn’t overheat as its predecessor, something that has really made other makers to look for alternatives in their flagship devices this year.

One of the most important features is Quick Charge 3.0, which allos to charge 80% of the battery in 35 minutes. But there’s more:

According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820’s focus is on intelligent fast charging rather than raw performance. Its new Quick Charge 3.0 spec is up to 27 percent faster when refilling your battery, but the big deal is an algorithm that saves energy during those rapid-fire recharges. Compared to Quick Charge 2.0, you’re losing up to 45 percent less power

The new USB spec allows for Power Delivery that goes up to 100W but I wonder if the supposedly quick charge of the new USB 3.1 interface can match Qualcomm’s. I guess the combination of that interface and the right processor technology (not only from Qualcomm) could lead the way to big enhancements in one of the most problematic areas of the mobile experience.

Source: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 packs 600Mbps LTE and smarter charging

Author: Javier Pastor

Javier Pastor is a technology journalist that has been writing about tech since 1999. He started writing for PC Actual in Spain, the leading printed magazine in the country, and in 2006 started to write online. First as the Chief Editor for The Inquirer ES, and after that for MuyComputer until 2013. That year he became senior editor at Xataka, the leading tech news website in Spanish with over 5M uniques/month (Aug'15, comScore). Xataka is part of Weblogs SL, a blog network that gets over 40M uniques/month and that has a wide catalog of publications in Spanish. The Unshut is his new venture and allows him to express his opinions and thoughts on everything touched by technology, and follows what he has been doing at Incognitosis, his personal blog, since 2005.