16 July 2020
Qualcomm has announced Quick Charge 5 as its fastest charging standard for smartphones. It is capable of delivering over 100W of power and is claimed to be the world's first commercially viable charging tech to do so. This is because other 100W+ charging solutions from the likes of Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi are yet to become available commercially.
Quick Charge 5 is said to charge a 4,500mAh battery from 0 to 50% in just five minutes and to full 100% within 15 minutes. This is insanely fast charging speed and a huge boost over Quick Charge 4. It is four times faster while being 70% more power-efficient but when compared to the first-gen Quick Charge, the new tech is said to be 10X powerful.
The charging tech even supports 2S batteries that is a modern approach for charging batteries faster. It essentially splits the battery into two parts which get charged at the same rate. This results in the whole battery getting charged at a faster rate and thus helping users save a lot of time.
Qualcomm has ensured that even though the tech is offering super-fast charging speed, it does not result in any security lapses. There are 12 separate voltage, current, and temperature protections including USB-input overvoltage protection at 25V and external power controls beyond 30V. It even keeps the battery temperature 10-degree Celsius cooler than Quick Charge 4.
One of the best things about Quick Charge 5 is said to be its compatibility with a wide range of devices and accessories. It works with both USB-PD and Type-C technologies that will be responsible for it working with numerous Android devices in the future. However, the tech only works with Snapdragon 865, Snapdragon 865+, and future premium- and high-tier processors in the lineup. It will become available for users starting Q3 2020 i.e. next month.