Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 with 100W+ fast charging tech announced

The world’s largest mobile chipmaker Qualcomm today announced the latest iteration of its fast charging technology, dubbed as the Quick Charge 5. The new Quick Charge 5 comes with more than 100W charging capacity. The chipmaker claims it is the world’s first commercially viable fast charging platform to do so.

It is said to charge a 4,500mAh battery from 0 to 50 percent in just five minutes and entirely up to 100 percent in only 15 minutes.

“Quick Charge 5, our fastest and most versatile charging solution, will enable consumers to enjoy their devices for longer periods of time, without worrying about the time required to recharge,” said Ev Roach, VP Product Management of Qualcomm.

Besides delivering more power, Quick Charge 5 is also more efficient than its predecessor. It functions 10-degree Celsius cooler than its predecessor resulting in better overall thermal management while at the same time it is 70 percent more powerful than the predecessor, i.e. Quick Charge 4+.

The increased voltage tolerance and hardware changes allow Quick Charge 5 to be up to 10 times faster than the original Quick Charge and 4 times faster than the existing Quick Charge 4 and 4+.

Qualcomm has taken care of the safety measures with Quick Charge 5 as high-speed charging might heat up or even inflame the battery. Quick Charge 5, therefore, uses 12 separate voltage, current, and temperature protections, including USB-input over-voltage protection at 25V, and external power controls beyond 30V.

Additionally, the Quick Charge 5 extends the battery life cycle with the Qualcomm Battery Saver and new Qualcomm Smart Identification of Adapter Capabilities technology.

Qualcomm says Quick Charge 5 is supported on Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+ and its future flagship SoCs. Xiaomi has been confirmed to be the first brand to launch Quick Charge 5-compatible smartphone. The first batch of smartphones using Quick Charge 5 is expected to arrive in the third quarter of this year.

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge has many third party competitors, including OPPO’s VOOC fast charging. OPPO has already announced 125W VOOC flash charge that can fill your phone to 40 percent in five minutes, which, is, however, less than the claim of the Qualcomm. The 125W VOOC Flash Charge expected to be commercially available by the end of the year.

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