Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 5

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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  • compunut

    Premium Member
    27 July, 2020 - 12:18 pm

    <p>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.</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p>

    • VancouverNinja

      Premium Member
      27 July, 2020 - 12:40 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#557110">In reply to compunut:</a></em></blockquote><p>This why we lead the world. Its capitalism at play and now we have a new improvement to quick charging. In the end this always settles out when we reach the limits of an technology. We need this competition or we would never progress. Kudos to Qualcomm. </p>

      • Paul Thurrott

        Premium Member
        28 July, 2020 - 8:31 am

        Sorry, who is “we” in this context? 🙂

    • proftheory

      Premium Member
      27 July, 2020 - 1:47 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#557110">In reply to compunut:</a></em></blockquote><p>It isn't just about charging phones. Think gaming laptops.</p>

    • digiguy

      Premium Member
      27 July, 2020 - 4:20 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#557110">In reply to compunut:</a></em></blockquote><p>QC 4.0 already including USB PD, so it is supposed to be even wider than just PD. Problem is, QC 4 was announce a while ago and we haven't seen it around much…</p>

  • reefer

    27 July, 2020 - 12:32 pm

    <p>Howabouta Qualcomm chip that can compete with Apple Silicon?</p>

  • david.thunderbird

    27 July, 2020 - 12:54 pm

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

    • innitrichie

      27 July, 2020 - 1:23 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#557118">In reply to david.thunderbird:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Yes, I have a feeling phone makers will be excited to adopt this latest battery-zapping technology.</p>

  • martinusv2

    Premium Member
    27 July, 2020 - 1:33 pm

    <p>That must be hard on the batteries.</p>

    • dstrauss

      27 July, 2020 - 2:47 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#557135">In reply to MartinusV2:</a></em></blockquote><p>I agree – why wouldn't this shorten battery life dramatically if used routinely?</p>

      • digiguy

        Premium Member
        27 July, 2020 - 4:18 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#557179">In reply to dstrauss:</a></em></blockquote><p>No, it's 70% more efficient so it could actually wear the battery less than the previous standard… But it will require new batteries…</p>

        • VancouverNinja

          Premium Member
          27 July, 2020 - 4:42 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#557185">In reply to digiguy:</a></em></blockquote><p>We are also on the verge of major technology innovations coming to batteries within the next 2 years as well. The biggest having to do with longevity. </p>

  • winner

    27 July, 2020 - 1:35 pm

    <p>"Qualcomm: Announces quick charge 5"</p><p>"Apple: Announces ARM Macs"</p><p>"Microsoft: Announces new windows menu"</p>

    • codymesh

      27 July, 2020 - 6:51 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#557136">In reply to Winner:</a></em></blockquote><p>why are we even comparing these?</p>

      • winner

        28 July, 2020 - 12:29 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#557207">In reply to codymesh:</a></em></blockquote><p>Just comparing the magnitue and innovations of recent announcements to companies' major products.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      28 July, 2020 - 8:29 am

      * Also, Windows menu is just a drawing and doesn’t even exist in real life.

  • vadalus

    27 July, 2020 - 2:10 pm

    <p>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.</p>

    • digiguy

      Premium Member
      27 July, 2020 - 4:23 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#557169">In reply to Vadalus:</a></em></blockquote><p>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</p>

  • steam960

    27 July, 2020 - 2:22 pm

    <p>Could that be part of the delay of the Surface Neo and Surface Duo 2?</p>

  • digiguy

    Premium Member
    27 July, 2020 - 4:26 pm

    <p>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…</p>

  • codymesh

    27 July, 2020 - 6:52 pm

    <p>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.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      28 July, 2020 - 8:24 am

      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.”

  • Salvador Jesús Romero Castellano

    28 July, 2020 - 7:46 am

    <p>&lt;&lt;<em>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,”</em>&gt;&gt;</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p>

  • winbookxl2

    Premium Member
    28 July, 2020 - 12:59 pm

    <p>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. </p><p><br></p><p><br></p>


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