Qualcomm Reveals Quick Charge, Powers Devices 40% Faster

Qualcomm has revealed its Quick Charge 1.0 technology, which powers devices 40 percent faster than previous generations.

The semiconductor firm announced that the technology resides in more than 70 smartphones and tablets powered by its Snapdragon processors.

A Quick Charge could fully charge a device under three hours, while other devices without the Quick Charge 1.0 technology installed could take over four hours. Qualcomm's technology is made possible via a power management integrated circuit (PMIC) that works through the USB connector.

Some of the devices that feature Quick Charge 1.0 include (full list can be seen on Qualcomm's site):

  • HTC 8X, Droid DNA, Evo 4G LTE, One S, One VX, One SV
  • LG Escape, Mach, Motion 4G, Nexus 4, Optimus G, Spectrum 2, Optimus Regard
  • Motorola Atrix HD LTE, Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR M, Electrify M, Photon Q 4G LTE, Droid RAZR Maxx HD
  • Pantech Flex
  • Nokia Lumia 820, 822, 920
  • ZTE/Sprint Flash
  • Samsung Galaxy Express, Rugby Pro, Galaxy S Relay 4G, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Victory 4G, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 LTE, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 LTE, Galaxy Tab 7.7 Plus
  • Sony Xperia TL

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  • cedric1955
  • flashfir
    I believe this is a feature that I already use this on my rooted S3 which is on CM10 and the KToonsez747 kernel.
  • wannabepro
    No love for my HTC EVO V.
  • downhill911
    followed by Apple patent soon?
  • Soma42
    Cool. Any effect on long term battery life?
  • boulbox
    Already have this mod and it really helps when charging your phone from your computer(doing this helps the longevity of the battery).
  • adgjlsfhk
    any news on what this tech does to the hardware, is there any difference?
  • teh_chem

    News story from Zak Islam about an Apple-related subject = a lengthy and embellishing discussion frequented with irrelevant corollary info that also embellishes the company.

    News story from Zak Islam about a non-Apple-related subject = a poor, dry mention of some topic with virtually no supporting info.

    On topic, when I got my optimus G I noticed that it charged strikingly fast.
  • boulbox
    Soma42Cool. Any effect on long term battery life?
    none that i have had so far, but i charge from my computer(meaning slower charge so i do not overcharge)
  • danwat1234
    Blah blah blah, what does battery charge rate have to do with Qualcomm silicon??
    Your bottleneck is the 1 amp (5 watts) from a USB 3.0 connector, or a bit more from some beefy USB power ports that plug into the wall.
    Yes you need circuitry to monitor incoming voltage, current, battery temperature and perhaps internal resistance but what does charge rate have to do with chips? It's not a specialized technology, it doesn't take high tech hardware to manage a single cell lithium battery.