Your new Qualcomm phones are charging faster for a reason, and it’s called Quick Charge 1.0

Our friends at Qualcomm published a blog post letting us know why we might be noticing some relatively fast charging times in several smartphones lately. Well, apparently, it’s not magic like I originally thought (my dreams of being able to tap into my inner David Blaine will have to be put on hold). Instead, it’s due to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 1.0, a technology the company gained access to when it acquired Summit Microelectronics last summer.

Quick Charge 1.0 technology embedded into the PMIC — or power management integrated circuit — of Qualcomm’s latest chipsets. Quick Charge allows Qualcomm to reduce the charging time by up to 40% without needing new charging cables or USB ports. Qualcomm says “any phone or tablet’s charging port can be enabled with Quick Charge.” In fact, some devices are already benefiting, such as the Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One S, HTC DROID DNA, Nexus 4 and more.

Battery life is something we’re always hoping is improved over time as devices become more advanced and power hungry, so we’re glad to see Qualcomm putting a big focus on that for the future. The latest S4 chipsets have already made very exceptional strides in power consumption, so Qualcomm feels like the other side of the battery equation — the juice coming from the wall outlet — deserves some attention.

That said, the chipset vendor says it isn’t even close to being done as the company will have more exciting battery news for us on its blog next week. We imagine these announcements will come just in time for Mobile World Congress, so we’ll be keeping a very close eye on Qualcomm to see what, exactly, is in store. Be sure to circle back here for the latest on all of that as we look to cover every drip of exciting news from here until the end of times. Look below for a list of devices which currently support Quick Charge 1.0.

Acer

Cloudmobile S500

 

Asus

Padfone

 

Casio

G’zOne TYPE-L CAL21

Medias X N-07D

MEDIAS U N-02E

MEDIAS U N-02E ONE PIECE

Disney Mobile on docomo N-03E

MEDIAS TAB UL N-08D

 

Fujitsu

Arrows A 101F

Arrows ef FJL21

Regza Phone T-02D

ARROWS Kiss F-03E

 

HTC

8X

8S

Droid DNA

Evo 4G LTE

One S

One VX

One SV

HTC J Butterfly HTL21

 

Huawei

Ascend HW-01E

Stream

 

Kyocera

Digno S KYL21

 

LG

Escape

Mach

Motion 4G

Nexus 4

Optimus G

Optimus it

Optimus Vu 2

Spectrum 2

Optimus Regard

Optimus LIFE L-02E

 

Motorola

Atrix HD LTE

Droid RAZR HD

Droid RAZR M

Electrify M

Photon Q 4G LTE

Droid RAZR Maxx HD

 

Nokia

Lumia 820

Lumia 920

Lumia 822

Lumia 920T

 

Panasonic

Eluga Power P-07D

 

Pantech

Flex

Vega PTL21

Vega Racer 2 LTE

 

Samsung

Galaxy Express

Galaxy Rugby Pro

Galaxy S Relay 4G

Galaxy S III

Galaxy S III Progre

Galaxy Victory 4G

Ativ S

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (LTE)

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (LTE)

Galaxy Tab 7.7 Plus

 

Sharp

Aquos Phone Series

Aquos Phone Serie SHL21

Aquos Phone si SH-01E

Aquos Phone sv SH-10D

Aquos Phone Xx 106SH

Aquos Phone Zeta

Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E

SH-01E Vivienne Westwood

PANTONE 6 200SH

AQUOS PAD SHT21

 

Sony

Xperia AX SO-01E

Xperia GX SO-04

Xperia SX SO-05D

Xperia TL

Xperia T

Xperia VL SOL21

 

Xiaomi

MI2

Mi2

 

ZTE

Grand X LTE

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  • PhineasJW

    I’ve noticed how much faster than my old phone the Nexus 4 seems to charge.

    BTW, here’s the link to the Qualcomm blog post: http://www.qualcomm.com/media/blog/2013/02/14/qualcomm-quick-charge-10-less-time-charging-more-time-doing

  • Jayshmay

    Likely the S4 will not have a Qualcomm proccessor and therefore won’t be able to take advantage of this quick charge tech. Samsung is going to use it’s Exynos 5.

  • Steven Skwarkowski

    My USB 3.0 output on my laptop allows for higher output quick charge. interesting…

  • domatau

    my t-mobile htc one s takes 2 hours to charge, not exactly fast

    • themuffinman75

      Exactly, as I was reading this I was like “Really?” I have an evo lte and from dead to a full charge takes forever. I also have a gnex with an extended battery and that charges twice as fast as me evo.

      • http://www.impulsivestudios.com/ Justin Myers

        My Verizon GS3 took less than an hour to get from 48% to full while running CyanogenMods built it mobile hotspot to my laptop.

      • DavidVarghese

        Same here… not exactly the fastest charging speeds, but decent enough… I’ve went from empty to full between 1-2 hrs (I think it was closer to 1 hour and 20 mins)

  • Michael Quinlan

    Even with a Quick Charge enabled device, the charger would also have to support the higher charging rate. I’m sure some (if not all) of the above devices come with such a charger, but the charger included with a device is often not the only charger people use.

    • Chad Vincent

      The blog post explicitly says “no new charger needed”…

      • readdanielquinn

        I imagine he means the output of your charger: 500ma vs 1a or 2a chargers. If your charger only puts out a trickle, your phone won’t charge fast no matter what new fangled technology they come up with. I assume by not needing a new charger it means the charger itself doesn’t need the new tech.

        • Chad Vincent

          Based on the article, it seems to suggest that devices with Quick Charge have an efficiency gain. So a Quick Charge device on a 500ma wall wart would charge faster than a similar, non-Quick Charge device on the same wall wart.

      • AGx

        That’s correct. No “new” charger needed but if you read between the lines there it’s doubtful that an old charger with a much slower charging rate (like something that was built on USB 1.0 tech) would not benefit from this. The charger your device came with would, yes, and by that token you don’t need to buy a new one as long as you keep using that one. Buy buy a new one that isn’t up to snuff and you might lose your benefits.

  • taz89

    my s3 exynos versions chargeswithin 3 hours from almost dead(5%) to full charge so how is this special?…also would love to know which phone takes 4 hours or more to charge cause that is just too long

    • kev2684

      qualcomm = snapdragon or us variants of the s III.

  • Chris

    A lot of it has to do with what the battery to be honest..

  • WadeDogg

    they aint lying. can charge my phone from 5% to full in 2 hours.