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Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3 Takes Smartphones From 0 to 80 Percent Battery In 35 Minutes

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Qualcomm's newest chipsets have a new feature that is being called Quick Charge 3.0. The new standard improves charging by up to 27 percent and allows batteries to charge from 0 to 80 percent in only 35 minutes.

The feature will debut in Qualcomm's 2016 lineup of processors, with the flagship being the Snapdragon 820 and others including the Snapdragon 620, 618, 617 and 430.

"We are significantly enhancing the capabilities and benefits offered by Quick Charge 3.0 to bring robust fast charging technology to all," said Qualcomm's senior vice president of product management, Alex Katouzian, in a statement. "Quick Charge 3.0 addresses a primary consumer challenge with today's mobile devices in helping users restore battery life quickly and efficiently."

Built into the chips will be a new Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage, or INOV, which will essentially allow devices to figure out exactly what power level to request for the most power transfer, while at the same time ensuring for maximum efficiency. The device can request anywhere between 3.6 V and 20 V in 200 mV increments, essentially meaning that there are 82 different voltage increments. Quick Charge 2.0 only had four charging voltages.

The new technology is double the speed of the original Quick Charge and is backwards compatible with previous versions of Quick Charge. It is compatible with new types of charging connectors, including the new USB Type-C.

Quick Charge 3.0 was also built with as few changes to design as possible, allowing manufacturers to implement the changes for low cost. Over 20 manufacturers were on board with Quick Charge 2.0.

The Snapdragon processors that make use of the new charging technology are available to device makers today and will debut in phones in 2016.

Via: The Verge

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