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Snapdragon 820 sports Quick Charge 3.0 with insanely fast charging

by Jacob Kleinman | September 15, 2015September 15, 2015 7:00 am PDT

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You can thank Qualcomm if you love how quickly your new Android phone charges. The California company has been pushing Quick Charge features through its Snapdragon processors for years, resulting in competing technologies from Samsung and other firms. Now it’s ready to unleash Quick Charge 3.0 with even faster charging and a few other improvement.

Quick Charge 3.0 uses technology called Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV) to offer charging that’s both faster and smarter. Basically, your phone will know exactly how much power it needs to be taking in at any moment and can adjust automatically. Qualcomm says you should be able to go from an empty battery to an 80 percent charge in just 35 minutes.

Quick Charge 3.0 is 38 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0. It also promises to protect your battery life over time. Hopefully that means your next new phone won’t lose half its daily battery life after a few months of use. Of course, it also works with older Quick Charge cords and connectors, along with USB-C devices.

The new technology will be available through Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 820, but it’s also coming to new mid-range smartphones. Quick Charge 3.0 will work with the Snapdragon 620, 618, 617 and 430.

As for that Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm had a little more news to share. The new high-end chip will also offer an upgraded X12 LTE modem. It will provide faster LTE data speeds and should mean even faster Wi-Fi and improved Wi-Fi calling.

The first Snapdragon 820-equipped smartphones still aren’t expected to ship until early next year. However, you may be able to try out Quick Charge 3.0 before the end of 2015 once the first Snapdragon 617 smartphones become available.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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