We've seen a lot of improvements in smartphone technology over the past twelve months, from higher resolution screens, to faster chips. One thing that hasn't seen much improvement, however, is battery performance. The problem today is that as devices get thinner and faster, battery life becomes secondary. And that's a major problem.
For the most part, you can expect a solid day's use before a phone needs an outlet. While we haven't quite reached the point of infinite power, Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology at least reduces the time it takes to charge up. That's a start. It's not the same as improving the life of your phone's battery. But, in a pinch, it could mean the difference between a few extra minutes of battery to a few extra hours.
Supported by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 series, 600 series and 400 series processors, the technology makes bringing a device back to life faster than ever. Instead of charging for an hour or longer, Quick Charge can bring your phone back to life in a matter of minutes. We've talked a lot about the technology over the past few months, with handsets like the Turbo, Nexus 6, Moto X, Note Edge and Note 4 (among others) all supporting Quick Charge.
In our testing, we've found that it does indeed make a difference when your device is running low. For the best results, your phone's battery actually needs to be almost depleted entirely. If your phone or tablet is on the brink of death, Quick Charge 2.0 enabled devices paired with certified power adapters promise to speed up the time spent sitting by an outlet. The feature is particularly handy for road warriors, folks who only have a few minutes to spare in between connecting flights.
We decided to do the ultimate Quick Charge 2.0 experiment and see how the technology stacks up to traditional charger technology. We tested the Nexus 6, DROID Turbo, Moto X and Note 4 (with a regular charger, though it does support Quick Charge) up against each other to see if the technology does indeed make a difference.
The Note 4 and Nexus 6 will give us the most accurate reading because the two both have 3220mAh batteries, though we'll be able to see how quickly devices like the Moto X and Turbo charge up using Motorola's Turbo Charger. Does Quick Charge 2.0 really make a difference? You can check out the video to see the results.
Below is a full list of smartphones that support Quick Charge 2.0 technology in the U.S., via Qualcomm, as of Nov. 6.
- Droid Turbo by Motorola
- Nexus 6 from Google
- Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- HTC Desire Eye
- Moto X (2014)
- Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
- Sony Xperia Z3
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
- HTC One (M8)
- HTC One remix