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2022 Android flagships are tipped to upgrade to ~150W charging speeds thanks to new Qualcomm technology

An alleged slide points to 150W charging. (Source: GSMArena)
An alleged slide points to 150W charging. (Source: GSMArena)
A number of leaks have hinted at a steady influx of high-end phones with triple-digit wired charging speeds throughout 2022. Now, the latest tip involves a more concrete reason for this spec: an upcoming generation of top-end Qualcomm chipsets that can deliver this spec. Meanwhile, its source purports to downgrade charging rates for upcoming phones not associated with this technology.

Qualcomm is currently believed to unveil the successor to the Snapdragon 888 as the 8 Gen1 (rather than the 898) as early as November 30, 2021 during its annual Tech Summit. Now, it is also thought that the OEM might confirm support for stable, reliable charging of rates up to 150 watts (W) in the flagship smartphones that might launch with this new silicon...albeit just not until 2022.

Currently, there are rumors that Xiaomi and Motorola might also usher their 12-series and Edge X/30-series flagships onto practically the same stage in order to say theirs is the first flagship to launch with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. However, apparently, those bragging rights come at the cost at the full gamut of new charging tech the chipset could support.

This, according to the prolific and often accurate Digital Chat Station, is because all iterations of the upcoming Qualcomm flagship SoCs have the QuickCharge (QC) technology necessary to make 150W charging a reality - except for the "first batch" of these processors to ship. 

Therefore, the Edge X/30 Ultra and Xiaomi 12 might launch with the battery specs of yesteryear, whereas future versions such as the rumored 12 Pro and 12 Ultra might be the ones to crack the existing 120W limit instead. Some might say this does not matter so much, as other OEMs such as OPPO have their own in-house charging systems and are slated to upgrade their next-gen flagships to 125W in 2022.

That was the theory - until today (November 18, 2021), when Digital Chat Station has now reduced their relevant predictions for the supposed "Find X4" series from 125W to 80W, in practically the same breath as backing QC-based smartphones to reach 150W speeds in 2022. Therefore, an intriguing race to a license for marketing claims of batteries that can charge to 100% in as little as 10 minutes may just have begun.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-11-18 (Update: 2021-11-18)