One of the biggest issues with current mobile products is that batteries don’t last as long as most users would want. Some manufacturers are integrating batteries with larger capacities on their products, but those devices can get a little thicker and heavier than comparable options. Very few smartphones still feature removable batteries, so users can replace the battery that has run out of power for one that is charged. Wireless charging could be a solution, but only if more places featured wireless charging stations and the technology has not quite taken off yet. Some technologies to make batteries charge faster have been introduced in the last couple of years and this is quite convenient because users won’t have to plug their phones for as much time to get a few extra hours of battery life.
Sony has introduced the new Quick Charger UCH12 and the company claims that a 10-minute charge can provide up to 5.5 hours of use. To achieve such charging speed, the charger supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which promises to be 45% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0 and uses Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV), an algorithm that optimizes power transfer. Sony’s Quick Charger also supports MediaTek’s Pump Express Plus 2.0 technology, which works similarly to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge but it is more commonly found on Chinese smartphones, it can provide a 75% charge in around 30 minutes. The charger was tested and it meets Sony’s Xperia quality standards, so users can safely charge their devices every time. This doesn’t mean that the Quick Charger only works with Sony products, as any device that supports either of the aforementioned technologies can benefit from it.
There are not many smartphones that support Quick Charge 3.0 yet, as the technology is relatively new, but many of the phones that will be introduced along the year might end up supporting it. In fact, the only Sony smartphones compatible with the Quick Charger are the recently announced Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and the Xperia XA. Pricing and availability details of the Quick Charger UCH12 are still unknown, but it’s good to know that the company is already using this technology.