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Best quick-charging Android smartphones money can buy

Charging your phone every single night after returning from work, school or a stroll around town in order to be able to start again the next morning without losing track of your Facebook friends, favorite Twitter feeds or Pinterests might well be the most annoying modern-day chore.

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It’s not only boring as heck, but you have to actually remember to do it, not to mention keeping all sorts of cables on hand and hugging walls for hours on end. Of course, some devices last longer than others, and you can always use power banks on the go whenever you need a quick, no-plug-in-necessary pick-me-up.

And let’s not forget about wireless charging, which is slowly taking off, although it’s not exactly wireless if the dock must be physically connected to an energy supply for the whole thing to function.

Quick Charge 2.0

Finally, while it doesn’t solve the underlying problem, i.e. the constant demand for more juice, fast-charging technology at least reduces the time wasted waiting. Like many mobile inventions, this is bound to become truly useful down the line, when you’ll be able to fill up the tank in mere minutes.

But there are already numerous Android phones endowed with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 capabilities or similar functionality, and we give you today the cream of that crop:

LG G4 – starting at $371 on Amazon

LG G4 battery

Will the G5 make this old-timer look its age at last in a little over a week, with a vastly refined design, considerably beefier processor under the hood, more RAM, a better camera, and smoother UI? You can bet the farm, the house, everything you own on that.

It’ll even invigorate its battery 38 percent faster than the G4, courtesy of Snapdragon 820’s Quick Charge 3.0 support. At the same time, it’ll probably cost twice as much, and you have to wonder if it’s worth the premium. After all, last year’s leather-clad bad boy can still lift its cell capacity from 0 to 60 percent in half an hour. And mind you, we’re talking a relatively large 3,000 mAh battery.

HTC One A9 – $386 and up

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If you ever wondered how an Android-running iPhone from a legit OEM might look, this somewhat disappointing upper mid-ranger is your guy. It’s slightly overpriced, we won’t argue otherwise, but it’s compatible with both Quick Charge 2.0 and 3.0 standards. The bad news? You need to pay extra for one of those super-fast charger accessories.

The worse news? The A9 packs a tiny 2,150 mAh battery, so no matter how quickly you can liven it up, it’ll still leave you hanging when you might need it most. Say, during a business meeting. So yeah, better not risk it and instead buy the…

ZTE Axon Pro – $400

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A costlier ZTE recommended over an affordable HTC? What exactly is the Axon Pro’s secret? Well, it’s got several strong suits, all made public and marketed quite aggressively on US shores of late. Number one, a beautiful 5.5-inch Quad HD display. 2, a somewhat gimmicky but proficient 13 + 2 MP dual rear-facing camera. 3, more RAM than you could ever need on a mobile device (4 gigs). 4, a respectable 3,000 mAh battery. Last but not least, standard fast-charging times: 30 minutes to go from 0 to 60. In a nutshell, plenty of bang for 400 bucks.

Nexus 6P – $450 through Google Store

Nexus 6P

This stock Android Marshmallow-based phablet is sure an odd duck. For one thing, it comes with a reversible USB Type-C port that isn’t however capable of 3.1 data transmission and charging speeds. Granted, a slew of other phones released in the latter stages of 2015 half-heartedly adopted the new USB technology like that, but only the N6P also lacks Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 support.

Fret not, as it’s gifted with a proprietary equivalent nonetheless, though Google and Huawei refuse to make any pompous claims regarding stamina-inducing times. Even if it takes, say, an hour to reach 50 percent volume, this is a must-buy for Android purists, what with a 3,450 mAh battery, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB RAM, and 5.7-inch 2K screen on deck.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – $588 and up

Galaxy Note 5

Since Sammy was basically forced to fit a homebrewed processor inside its latest wave of high-enders, their rapid charging technology is different from Qualcomm’s too, promising a full tank in a measly 120 minutes, even wirelessly beefed up.

A full 3,000 mAh tank, that is, rated at up to 22 hours of continuous 3G talk time. Add an S Pen into the equation, all-time record low price, and we see no reason why you should hold off for the Galaxy S7. Well, aside from microSD storage expansion maybe.

Motorola Droid Turbo 2 – $624 full retail price at Verizon

Droid Turbo 2

As the name suggests, this turbo-charging beast uses its own personal implementation of standard QC technology, squeezing no less than 13 hours of average usage from a massive 3,760 mAh battery after only 15 minutes spent hugging a wall. Such a shame the “shatterproof” 5.4-incher isn’t available on America’s number two, three or four operators. Guess that’s one of the reasons Big Red preserves its market domination.

LG V10 – $620 and up

LG V10

50 percent in 40 minutes? That’s not so impressive. It’s definitely not record-breaking or trend-setting, but overall, the V10 is. Because it’s also military-approved for shock resistance, including contact with hard surfaces, equipped with a secondary notification display that can be both an energy and life saver, plus two front-facing cameras for… double the selfies?

Clearly, you’re dealing with a one-of-a-kind product, and even if it’s not a rapid-charging champion, it gets that job done too in addition to a bunch of other strenuous jobs.

BlackBerry Priv – $698

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Would this particular writer ever consider buying the Priv? No chance. Not at $700, and possibly, not at a penny over $600 either. But that’s because I’m personally not obsessed with security, and my physical QWERTY keyboard love affair ended half a decade ago.

If you’re into those sorts of things though, you know how hard it is to find them elsewhere, especially combined with open-source Android, Google apps, a beautiful curved Quad HD AMOLED panel, and large 3,410 mAh battery capable of providing 60 percent juice after 30 minutes “wasted” hooked up to a power supply.

Qualcomm’s freshly announced Clear Sight tech is suited for dual-cameras

Clear Sight

Clear Sight

Going by the current trend, #Qualcomm has just announced a major addition to its line of Snapdragon 820 and 821 chipsets known as Clear Sight. This tech is camera oriented and aids dual-camera sensors, much like the one seen on the LG V20. Strangely, though, the technology is not supported on the LG flagship.

This technology basically works by allowing one camera sensor to take photos in color and the other in black and white. When the photos taken by the two sensors are combined, the end result turns out to be quite appealing with improved clarity and reduced picture noise. One can also expect significantly better low light photos thanks to the black and white sensor.

We’ve already seen this in the Huawei P9, which uses the Leica “certified” dual camera lens to achieve this. However, Huawei is using its own hardware and software combo to achieve this, so Qualcomm can’t take credit for it.

Qualcomm is clearly aiming this towards future devices, especially since dual-cameras are going to be commonplace in the coming months. With support built-in with its latest chipsets, the feature is pretty much ready to be used right now.

Source: Qualcomm

Via: Android Police

After ASUS, now Xiaomi claiming to be the first to have a Snapdragon 821 device

Xiaomi Logo

Xiaomi Logo

A couple of days ago, we heard that the #ASUS #ZenFone3Deluxe would be the first handset to feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 chipset. A new report from China is suggesting that this might not be the case (almost), with Xiaomi said to be in the running as well. It is said that the company’s Mi Note 2 handset will have the honors. An industry analyst mentions that Xiaomi will be the first Chinese manufacturer to launch a Snapdragon 821 handset. Globally, however, it will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to have the irrelevant honor, the analyst said.

The argument coming from a Chinese social media site is that although ASUS has announced an SD821 handset, it won’t officially hit the markets until sometime later this year. However there have been reports that the device will be available by August.

Frankly, this whole business of being the first to have a particular mobile chipset seems incredibly juvenile and not something that major tech companies should be competing over. At the end of the day, customers aren’t going to pick a smartphone based on which OEM was the first to bring hardware, they will simply go by the phone they think is the best on the day. Being the first to launch a Snapdragon 821 phone would only give companies bragging rights and nothing more.

What do you think?

Source: Weibo

Via: Gizmo China

The ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe will be the first phone to feature Snapdragon 821

ZenFone 3 - ZenFone 3 Deluxe

ZenFone 3 - ZenFone 3 Deluxe

The #ASUS #ZenFone3Deluxe will supposedly have the honor of being the first handset to pack the latest Snapdragon 821 chipset. The SoC was announced yesterday by #Qualcomm. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe was announced a couple of months ago but hasn’t seen an official launch yet. With this news now breaking, it seems like ASUS deliberately delayed the release so as to use the Snapdragon 821 chipset, which is an incremental upgrade over the Snapdragon 820.

It was speculated that the Galaxy Note7 will be the first device to feature a Snapdragon 821 SoC, but that probably won’t be the case going by this report. Samsung has already scheduled an August 2 launch event of the Note7, although it’s not confirmed if the Note flagship will be featuring the new Qualcomm chipset.

The ZenFone 3 Deluxe packs a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 64/128/256GB of expandable storage, 4 or 6GB of RAM, a 23-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and a 3,000 mAh battery. The handset will be available in Taiwan soon, with no word on a global release yet.

Source: ASUS

Via: The Verge

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 821, could be powering upcoming flagships

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

#Qualcomm has officially taken the wraps off the Snapdragon 821 SoC, which comes with the same architecture as the Snapdragon 820, but with an overclocked GPU and CPU cores. So in essence, this is merely a placeholder until the real upgrade comes along (Snapdragon 830). The Snapdragon 820 is one of the most preferred SoCs this year, even though users have complained about the battery life. However, one would hope that battery life would be slightly improved here, although we won’t place our bets on it especially since it features overclocked CPU and GPU cores.

As for the devices that will feature this chip, well it seems like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be the first to have the honor (well, the American variant anyway). However, we’ve come across contrasting reports about the CPU running on the Note 7, so we can’t say anything with certainty yet. But any other flagships launching this year, like the HTC Nexus phones for example, will probably run the Snapdragon 821 out of the box.

The octa-core Snapdragon 830 is expected to steal the show in 2017, but until then, the Snapdragon 821 will have to suffice.

Source: Qualcomm

Via: Anand Tech

[Deal] Quick Charge 2.0 compatible car charger by Aukey for $13.99

Aukey Type-C

Aukey’s Quick Charge 2.0 compatible car charger is now selling for $13.99 on Amazon. The pricing is an attractive one, given how expensive such car chargers can be. For those unaware, having Quick Charge 2.0 support means that devices charge twice or thrice as fast compared to standard chargers. Of course, you will also need to have a compatible smartphone for it to work.

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This could well be a limited period deal, so we suggest you hop on board before the stocks run out or the seller has a change of heart. Aukey is a renowned name in the third-party chargers and adapters segment, so you’re in good hands with this particular product. The fact that this particular charger has two ports is a bonus as you could be charging two devices simultaneously.

As a bonus, Aukey is also bundling in a USB-A to USB-C cable and a standard USB-A to micro-USB cable along with this car charger. So the charger will work just as fine even if you have one of the new USB Type-C charging ports on your device.

Step aside Snapdragon 820, the first Snapdragon 823 phone might be weeks away

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Up until a few months ago, the tech world was buzzing for Qualcomm’s #Snapdragon820 silicon. Manufacturers have obliged accordingly, as there are a handful of smartphones in the market today running the new chipset. But this might soon be old news, with a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 823 all set to hit devices as well.

If a report is anything to go by, Chinese OEM LeEco could unveil a new smartphone running the said chip. The device will apparently be announced at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai which is scheduled to take place between June 29 to July 1.

LeEco is a vastly popular company in China and is known for its content distribution services. The company recently went through a makeover for its mobile wing, renaming itself LeEco (previously known as LeTV). So it shouldn’t be a surprise to many that a Snapdragon 823 based smartphone will be coming out of this particular manufacturer.

Speaking more about the Snapdragon 823, it will feature the same quad-core CPU architecture but with two 2.6 GHz cores and two 2.0 GHz cores respectively, while the Snapdragon 820 features a 2.15 GHz + 1.59 GHz combination. So it’s more about an increased clock speed than a revamped chipset architecture, so current device owners don’t have much to be disappointed about.

Source: Gizmo China

Via: Phone Arena

[Deal] 24W Quick Charge 3.0 compatible charging adapter for $12.99

Quick Charge 3.0 Adapter

Quick Charge 3.0 Adapter

Quick Charge 3.0 is the latest standard among fast chargers. Well, you can now get the 24W Quick Charger for just $12.99 thanks to a new deal over at Amazon. The adapter is capable with most new smartphones, including the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTC 10 and the LG G5. Basically, any new device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset should support this particular adapter, but as a rule, we always think it’s safer to check with the retailer about compatibility related queries.

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The listing mentions that this fast charger can give your phone up to 80% of its juice back in just 35 minutes. Luckily, it is also claimed to be backwards compatible with smartphones that come with support for Quick Charge 1.0 and 2.0, which makes this compatible with a wide range of devices out there.

If there’s one complaint we have, it’s that this particular charger only has one USB port. But that’s more of a gripe than a significant concern, so we’ll let it slide.

[Deal] Aukey Quick Charge 2.0 car charger for $14.99

Aukey Quick Charge 2.0

Aukey Quick Charge 2.0

Aukey’s popular Quick Charge 2.0 compatible car charger is now selling on Amazon for just $14.99. This is a pretty sweet deal on an accessory like this and easily the best we’ve seen so far on the product.

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The listing mentions that this is a discount of $40, which seems pretty steep, but we’re sure the retailer is exaggerating a little bit there. In any case, for $15, you’re getting a steal with this product, so make sure you hop on board before the retailer has a change of heart.

Using this particular make of the car charger, you can charge your Quick Charge 2.0 compatible devices (Nexus 6, LG G4, G5, LG V10, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge etc) in double quick time. Bear in mind that the high voltage supplied by these chargers might cause some issues with incompatible devices, so make sure you proceed with caution and think twice before using such a device.

The car charger also comes with a micro USB cable of its own, which is a bonus for the customers.

Any takers?

[Deal] Quick Charge 3.0 compatible car charger for $9.99

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

The #Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard is capable of charging compatible smartphones in double quick time. However, not every charger out there supports this, which makes finding one suitable for your device a very stressful task. Well, if you’ve been on the hunt recently, your job is now made easier thanks to a new deal over at Amazon. A very capable Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatible car charger from iXCC is now available for just $9.99.

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The listing mentions that this is a discount of $39 over the regular asking price, making this a more than attractive discount. Although it might only be a car charger, most people might be aware that finding a proper Quick Charge compatible car charger is a very difficult task. There’s no telling how long this deal will last, so as we always mention, proceeding with haste is recommended.

The listing mentions that newly launched smartphones like the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge are also compatible with this charger. So if you recently picked up either of the two devices, you shouldn’t hesitate to have a look at this deal.

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 820 for the LG G5

LG G5 - Incoming Call

LG G5 - Incoming Call

With the #LGG5 expected to be revealed this Sunday, we’re getting confirmation on the chipset that it’s running underneath, courtesy of suppliers #Qualcomm. Confirming what most media outlets had reported, Qualcomm has mentioned that the LG G5 will be packing the Snapdragon 820 quad core SoC on board. The chip maker gave away the information via Twitter.

This chipset is set to become an industry standard this year with most major manufacturers expected to use the chip for their flagships. Samsung is also said to be using the Snapdragon 820 for its Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge flagships.

We saw LG recently revealing a flip cover that’s meant for the LG G5, while the company also confirmed that the handset would be packing an always-on display, which will be crucial in providing crucial notifications to the users without having to turn on the display. A separate leak gave us a comprehensive look of the device, revealing the dual cameras on the back as well. So we have a good idea of what to expect from the device.

With manufacturers trying to innovate in terms of technology, it’s good to know that there will be a level playing field as far as the CPU is concerned.

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 2100 is designed for smartwatches

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100

Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100

#Qualcomm has just released the Snapdragon Wear 2100 wearable meant specifically for #AndroidWear smartwatches. Android Wear OEMs currently use the company’s Snapdragon 400 or 410 SoCs. But having a dedicated mobile chip meant specifically for smartwatches will be welcome news for the manufacturers.

Snapdragon Wear 2100 is about 30% smaller compared to whatever was used previously and is also said to be about 25% more efficient. Given that battery life is one of the primary concerns for smartwatch wearers, this news is music to our ears. The chip will be offered in connected and tethered models, with the former packing an LTE chip underneath and the latter coming with Bluetooth and WiFi chips for pairing with smartphones.

While the company claims that Snapdragon Wear 2100 has already been deployed to the manufacturers, we don’t have a precise timeline on when it will be available on smartwatches. We expect a majority of the 2016 Android Wear smartwatches to pack the said chipset though.

Source: Qualcomm

Via: Mobile Syrup

HTC’s upcoming flagship to release in Snapdragon 820 and Mediatek chip variants

HTC One M9

A report from yesterday mentioned that the #HTC #M10 a.k.a the HTC Perfume will not be unveiled during the MWC 2016 event. It was suggested that the company would wait till March or even April to show off its upcoming flagship.

A new report from a reliable HTC source is now pointing out that the device could be released in two variants – one with a Snapdragon 820 SoC and another with a MediaTek based chipset.

It is said that the Snapdragon 820 model will be targeted towards the U.S. and European markets while the MediaTek version will be directed towards South East Asia and China. We’re treating this strictly as a rumor for the time being and suggest you do the same. There’s still a lot of time between now and HTC’s rumored announcement of the One M10, so a lot could change by then.

Following a disastrous 2015, there’s a lot of pressure on the Taiwanese manufacturer to turn things around. Whether the company will actually succeed in doing so is only for time to tell.

Source: @LlabTooFeR – Twitter

Via: Mobile Syrup

Xiaomi could be looking to release the Mi 5 sometime after February

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5

There’s been immense speculation about the launch of the #Xiaomi #Mi5. A new report is now giving fans some good news about the release date of the device. It was long believed that the Mi 5 would be released first thing in 2016, but that doesn’t appear to be the case as the company is supposedly waiting until after the Chinese New Year to unveil the device. For those unaware, that’s sometime after the 8th of February.

That’s not to say that the device will be launched right after February 8, but merely that Xiaomi has set the Chinese New Year as a deadline in order to ramp up production of the flagship, keeping the demand in mind. From what we can tell so far, the Mi 5 will be one of the few devices that we know of right now to pack the Snapdragon 820 chipset (the Le Max Pro will have dibs, apparently).

Further, the handset is expected to be packing a Quad HD display, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 13-megapixel front camera, a 3,600 mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Don’t hold your breath if you’re expecting a Stateside release as Xiaomi has been relatively non-existent in the North American mobile industry, barring the release of its Mi Band fitness tracker and some other accessories.

Source: Weibo

Via: 9to5Google