James Walker

James Walker

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Qualcomm makes charging even faster with Quick Charge 4+

Published on Sunday June 4 2017 at 10:24 in News Editorials

Qualcomm has announced Quick Charge 4+, the latest evolution of its widely used smartphone fast charging technology. The new version promises to be safer and slightly higher performing than its predecessor. It launched on its first device this week.

Quick Charge 4+ follows Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4.0, announced late last year. Since 4.0 was never actually included on a phone, 4+ is really a cumulative release containing the improvements unveiled with 4.0 and a few additional capabilities.

Quick Charge 4.0 boasts a headline claim of going from empty to 50 percent capacity in 15 minutes. With Quick Charge 4+, Qualcomm says that figure could be a further 15 percent faster. This has been enabled due to a 30 percent improvement in efficiency, which in turn keeps the phone 3-degrees Celsius cooler during charging.

Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ is available now for manufacturers to use in their products. It's likely it will appear in the majority of flagship smartphones launched through the rest of this year. The first compatible device was unveiled today, the nubia Z17. It has a Quick Charge 4+-supported 3,200mAh battery powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor.

"With Quick Charge 4+, Qualcomm Technologies once again shows our leadership in charging technology," said Qualcomm. "Quick Charge 4+ continues the fast charging innovation, providing design flexibility for manufacturers, and a diverse ecosystem of certified products for consumers. Be sure to look for Quick Charge 4+ in your next mobile device."

Quick Charge 4+ will make next-generation smartphones more power efficient, leading to benefits on all practical fronts. Your next handset should run cooler, charge faster and use less of the planet's resources in the process, making it more sustainable for you and the environment.

For more information on Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+, see my report for Digital Journal or Qualcomm's news post.