Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 promises 0 to 80 percent in 35 minutes
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The third iteration of Qualcomm's Quick Charge (QC) technology relies on a new "INOV" (Intelligent Neogitation for Optimum Voltage) algorithm that can charge from 0 to 80 percent in just over half an hour, at least according to the company's own YouTube video. Charging without Quick Charge would take about 1.5 hours to achieve the same results. Thus, it will be interesting to compare charge times once we obtain the necessary hardware.
QC 3.0 is up to 38 percent more efficient than QC 2.0 with additional measures to ensure that battery health is not compromised when charging at such fast levels. Power dissipation is reduced by up to 45 percent compared to QC 2.0 and charging is twice as fast as QC 1.0.
QC 2.0 is available in just four charging voltages: 5 V, 9 V, 12 V, and 20 V. QC 3.0 is much more flexible and ranges from 3.6 V to 20 V with 200 mV step increments while remaining compatible with earlier version of QC.
QC 3.0 will be available starting Q1 2016 on mainstream and higher-end Snapdragon models including Snapdragon 820, 620, and 618. The newly announced Snapdragon 430 and 617 will support the technology as well. Qualcomm says QC 3.0 can be easily incorporated onto existing devices with just minimal changes.