Qualcomm has unveiled QuickCharge 5


Charges your mobile to 50 percent in 5 minutes

The American company Qualcomm unveiled its latest technology for fast charging of mobile phones, called Quick Charge 5.0, on Monday night. It is a further development of their current Quick Charge 4+, but will, as expected, offer even faster charging than before.

They claim that with their Quick Charge 5 technology, you should be able to charge a compatible mobile from 0 to 50 percent in just five minutes, or to one hundred percent in about 15 minutes.

This of course requires that you have a charger and a mobile that supports the technology. Qualcomm says that the new technology is supported by devices with Snapdragon 865 and Snapdragon 865 Plus, but that it will have to be implemented by the mobile manufacturers for it to work.

In other words: Mobiles that are already on the market with the Snapdragon 865 processor, such as the Sony Xperia 1 II, will hardly get support for the ultra-fast charging, but rather new devices that will be released later this year.

Xiaomi has already said it plans to support the new standard, but not how soon it will happen.

Qualcomm also mentioned that Quick Charge 5 will be 10 degrees colder than Quick Charge 4, which will be positive both for safety and to preserve battery life. This is one of the disadvantages of fast charging, as heat generation is one of the factors that contributes to wear and tear on the battery.

First, but not alone?

  • Quick Charge 5 is our fastest and most versatile charging solution so far, and will allow consumers to use their devices for longer, without worrying about charging time. We are proud to expand our technology portfolio and make 100W charging a commercial reality, says Ev Roach, Vice President of Qualcomm Products in a press release.

The wording here is a bit important, because even though Qualcomm says that they are the first with 100W charging, Chinese Oppo revealed a very similar technology just a couple of weeks ago. In their case, it was a 125W charger that could charge a mobile from 0 to 41 percent in five minutes.

Oppo also unveiled a lightning-fast charging station for wireless charging, which could offer 65W charging without a single cable. It will be able to fully charge a 4,000 mAh battery in around half an hour.

Exactly which technology is best or first to the market we will have to wait and see, but it is at least clear that extremely fast charging of our mobiles is only months away. Whether it’s Chinese or American technology we end up with.