Have you noticed that your phone requires a lesser amount of time to get fully charged right now compared to older models? The main reason behind this is the use of a new technology from Qualcomm that speeds up charging and reduces the overall charge time by as much as 40%.
In a recently held HTC event, Qualcomm CMO Anand Chandrasekher spoke about a little known technology of the company called Quick Charge 1.0. The company however did not develop this as they only acquired it during their acquisition of Summit Microelectronics last year.
A device without Quick Charge may take up to 4 hours to be completely charged. Compare this to a device with Quick Charge which will only take 3 hours or less to be completely charged.
According to Chandrasekher “Quick Charge 1.0 is offered to our customers as an integrated solution (as part of the PMIC, or power management integrated circuit) and a standalone solution that interfaces to the USB connector. Any phone or tablet’s charging port can be enabled with Quick Charge.”
Quick Charge is currently available in 70 Snapdragon powered devices today. Some of the popular models with this feature include the Droid DNA by HTC, Samsung Galaxy S III, Nokia Lumia 920, Asus Padfone and LG Nexus 4.
The company seeks to improve on this technology and further reduce the time needed for your device to charge. In the near future it might only take an hour or less to fully charge your device.
The amount of time needed to fully charge a device is one of the factors that are often overlooked when choosing a smartphone. People tend to look at what they can see first such as the display or the size of the device. It is important that a smartphone spends less time connected to a charger since this affects your productivity.