Qualcomm’s next Quick Charge will bring 32W fast charging in 2019
Along with wireless charging, fast charging is one of the most life-changing features available on devices. There is simply nothing as satisfying as plugging in your phone and finding it charged up after a 30-minute walk, a shower, or a short nap. Nowadays, pretty much all phones, even budget ones, support some form of fast charging. Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s own Quick Charge standard, keep being improved over time in order to ensure even better charging speeds with minimal effect on battery wear. They have come a long way indeed, and it seems the next generation of Qualcomm Quick Charge is coming soon.
Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0, which is supported in a handful of devices, is able to deliver an 18W power output with a handful of improvements over its predecessor, like Dual Charge, which allows power to flow through two paths rather than one, ensuring faster charging speeds while keeping the device cool. However, it seems like its successor will be able to deliver a whopping 32W power output. According to Qualcomm, the next generation of Quick Charge will feature what the company calls “Triple Charge” which, unsurprisingly enough, means that power will flow through three power paths.
The Huawei Mate 20 line supports 40W fast charging through Huawei’s own fast charging technology, and the fast charger can top up the Mate 20’s battery to 70% in under 30 minutes. While 32W is more conservative than 40W, it’s probably going to be quite the improvement from Quick Charge 4.0.
The next generation of Quick Charge, which is probably going to be called Quick Charge 5.0, is expected to debut on next year’s smartphones with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150/855, and we’ll probably get to know more about it when the newest Qualcomm silicon is officially unveiled. We do remain to see if smartphone manufacturers will be adopting it or sticking to older tech, though.