Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 5

Posted on July 27, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Mobile with 21 Comments

Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 looks like a truly revolutionary innovation, one that is capable of charging a smartphone to 50 percent in just 5 minutes and to 100 percent in just 15 minutes.

“Quick Charge 5, our fastest and most versatile charging solution, will enable consumers to enjoy their devices for longer periods of time, without worrying about the time required to recharge,” Qualcomm vice president Ev Roach says in a prepared statement. “We are proud to expand our technology portfolio and make accessible 100W+ charging a commercial reality. We work closely with manufacturers to create industry-leading devices that meet consumers’ demand for more immersive and accessible mobile experiences.”

Qualcomm notes that Quick Charge 5 is the first commercially viable fast charging platform to support more than 100-watts of charging power in a smartphone. It is 70 percent more efficient than Quick Charge 4, and it supports 2S batteries and 20 Volts of power delivery.

Quick Charge 5 uses Qualcomm Battery Saver and the new Qualcomm Smart Identification of Adapter Capabilities technologies to “support unparalleled efficiency and help extend the battery life cycle on a users’ device,” the firm says. It’s expected to ship in new devices starting this holiday season.

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24 responses to “Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 5”

  1. compunut

    I really don't understand the continued desire for proprietary charging mechanisms when USB C supports 100w of charging in the standard. Yes, they say they go to MORE than 100w, but I haven't seen a phone come close to 100w yet. I would rather see better battery life than have to look for a quick charge point to fill back up the device because it ran out really fast.


    My smart phone (Pixel 2) can last all day... if I don't use it much. If I actually USE it, it only gets a few hours. The lack of battery life is extremely frustrating.

  2. Salvador Jesús Romero Castellano

    <<Quick Charge 5 uses Qualcomm Battery Saver and the new Qualcomm Smart Identification of Adapter Capabilities technologies to “support unparalleled efficiency and help extend the battery life cycle on a users’ device,”>>


    Meanwhile, I charge my fast charging phone with old, lower voltage chargers to extend its battery life, specially now that I cannot change the battery. I would like to see some comparatives and such to know if this is still a good practice with this new tech.

  3. codymesh

    won't this just shorten the lifespan of these batteries even more? I want my phones to last. And to be honest, I can wait a little for my phone to charge.

    • Paul Thurrott

      We can only go by the language they use here, but I assume that's what this line refers to: "The new Qualcomm Smart Identification of Adapter Capabilities technology .... work[s] to maximize power transfer efficiency, increase safety and help extend the battery life cycle on a users’ device."
  4. digiguy

    QC 4.0 was already supposed to be the revolution and include USB PD. How much have we seen it? I wouldn't expect QC 5 anytime soon... unless manufactures skip QC 4...

  5. steam960

    Could that be part of the delay of the Surface Neo and Surface Duo 2?

  6. vadalus

    sorry but battery chemistry means there's no free lunch. You cannot take standard batteries and suddenly start charging them at 100W. This would require specific batteries, so it's not really useful just coming from Qualcomm. Which battery manufacturers / devices are on board.

    • digiguy

      In reply to Vadalus:

      it will need 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 minimize temperature issues, but since we haven't even seen QC 4 implemented much don't expect it anytime soon

  7. winner

    "Qualcomm: Announces quick charge 5"

    "Apple: Announces ARM Macs"

    "Microsoft: Announces new windows menu"

  8. martinusv2

    That must be hard on the batteries.

  9. david.thunderbird

    So now you'll have to replace that phone every 6 months? There is no free lunch.

  10. reefer

    Howabouta Qualcomm chip that can compete with Apple Silicon?

  11. winbookxl2

    I think this is a great advancement, I wish we could see this on the upcoming Windows 10 on Snapdragon systems as this will truly allow to remain portable and remote desktop from it.



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