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Quick Charge 5 is official: Qualcomm says up to 50% charge in just 5 minutes and 100% in 15 minutes

Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 can top up a phone from 0 - 50% in 5 minutes, and 0 - 100% in 15 minutes. (Image Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 can top up a phone from 0 - 50% in 5 minutes, and 0 - 100% in 15 minutes. (Image Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm's new Quick Charge 5 specification and hardware supports 100W charging for rates up to four times faster than the previous Quick Charge 4 specification at 1.7 times the efficiency. Supported by the Snapdragon 865 and 865+ as long as the phone has the required PMIC hardware.
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Qualcomm pioneered smartphone quick charge solutions when they released Quick Charge 1 (QC) back in 2013. Then the successive QC2, QC3, and QC4 from 2015 – 2017 managed to iteratively improve on the specification and design, progressing up to a 2.5 times improvement in charging speed.

The new Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5 hardware — announced today — allows for 100W+ charging in the same footprint as the previous QC4 equipment. The increased voltage tolerance and hardware changes allow QC5 to be up to 10x faster than the original quick charge specification, and 4x faster than the previous generation QC4. During the presentation by Josh Warner, Director of Product Management for Battery Charging at Qualcomm, it was claimed that QC5 is the “world’s fastest commercial charging solution.”

The headlining feature is its ability to take a 4500 mAH battery from 0 – 50% in just five minutes, or to give a full charge from 0 – 100% in about 15 minutes (Note: both 4000 mAH and 4500 mAH were shown during the presentation, but 4500 mAH appears in the press material and the small print about the claims). QC5 is up to 70% more efficient than QC4, and the surface temperature of the phone can be up to 10 C cooler, which means we could assume that all the related hardware could also run cooler under the new specification when given the right conditions. There are 17 different protection measures for voltage, current, temperature, and time.

To achieve the full advertised performance, QC5 requires the battery to be split into two packs in series to allow twice the voltage to be supplied while keeping current at a lower level to minimise temperature issues. Qualcomm’s battery saver technology is supported for reducing wear on the battery, but we suspect that manufacturer implementations (e.g. Sony Battery Care) would still be beneficial here.

Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 will arrive in Q3 2020 and is supported in Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865+ devices provided they also have the SMB1396 or SMB1398 PMICs (Power Management Integrated Circuit). Competing technology includes OnePlus Warp Charge, Oppo Super VOOC, and Huawei SuperCharge.

Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 compatibility chart. (Source: Qualcomm)
Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 compatibility chart. (Source: Qualcomm)

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Craig Ward - Tech Writer - 397 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.
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Craig Ward, 2020-07-27 (Update: 2020-07-27)