It's not a secret that as smartphones become more powerful, the more battery life diminishes in return. With bigger screens, faster processors, more multitasking capabilities, it's easy to bring a full charge down into the abyss. Qualcomm today spoke of something that has existed for some time, but one that hasn't been very well mentioned.
Quick Charge 1.0 is embedded into over 70 devices with Snapdragon processors, including HTC's Droid DNA, Samsung's Galaxy S III, Nokia's Lumia 920, Asus' Padfone and the Nexus 4.
This technology was obtained through an acquisition made by Qualcomm of Summit Microelectronics, of whom is a leader in power management technology, back in mid-2012, and has been said to charge smartphones up to 40 percent faster than older device models.
On Qualcomm's site, a blog that was released today has said:
"A phone without Quick Charge 1.0 could be stuck plugged in charging for more than four hours. With Quick Charge 1.0, the same phone can reach its full charge in three hours or less. The less time you spend charging your mobile device, the more time you get to use it; your mobile device becomes truly mobile…"
Those who own one of those Quick Charge enabled devices should experience a big difference in the time it takes to gain a full battery, but there's one thing not mentioned that one should be aware of; this technology is integrated with the USB connector, which, unfortunately, means that it would not work with wireless charging pads. The good part of this news is that you don't need to buy any type of special charger for this to work.
Many people in 2012 experienced a sudden "faster charge" than they had in 2011 and grew suspicious to it, thinking that perhaps their battery was at fault. Yet, as they have come to find out, this integrated feature has been swept under the metaphorical carpet of their devices. As devices become more powerful though, so do batteries.
The logic is that the more milliampere hours (mAh) the battery has, the longer it would take to charge. So a standard 1 amp charger should, in theory, be able to charge a 2100 mAh battery in about 2 hours, right? We could only dream. Unfortunate as it is, those chargers are never 100% effective when it comes to the charging process, and that's where this unique feature steps in; to produce the maximum efficiency while charging.
It's the little things like these that makes a great product stand out. How long does it usually take for you to charge your device?