Qualcomm today introduced its latest quick charge standard, Quick Charge 5, which can charge a smartphone from 0 to 50 percent in five minutes or in 15 minutes.
According to Qualcomm, Quick Charge 5 is the fastest commercial charging solution in the world and supports more than 100 W charging power for smartphones.
Quick Charge 5 not only offers much faster charging, but is also up to 70 percent more efficient and up to 10 degrees cooler than Quick Charge 4 and 4+. According to Qualcomm, 12 separate voltage, current and temperature protection functions are included.
Quick Charge is a feature built into many Android phones, not a feature that Apple uses. Qualcomm introduces new power management ICs that Android smartphone manufacturers can integrate into their devices.
iPhones have a quick charge function, but the iPhone charges 50 percent in half an hour. It’s not clear whether Apple will eventually release an improved quick charge feature, but there are currently no rumors suggesting that we’ll see anything different in the 2020 “iPhone” models.
Apple could introduce improved charging in future “iPhone” models, but Apple tends to make its charging specifications more conservative in terms of fast charging, heat emission, and long-term battery life.
Qualcomm said the first smartphones with Quick Charge 5 will be available in the third quarter of 2020. Quick Charge 5 is supported on the Snapdragon 865, 865 Plus and future high-end Snapdragon mobile platforms from Qualcomm.