No sooner did Qualcomm let us in on the secrets of Quick Charge 1.0 than the company has announced the next generation of rapid-charging technology. Quick Charge 2.0 will debut in devices using the Snapdragon 800 platform, a hardware solution providing up to 75 percent quicker charge time.
As with Quick Charge 1.0, the second generation doesn’t require any software gimmicks, instead offering an integrated circuit that couples with Quick Charge-enabled wall adapters. In testing, Quick Charge 2.0 was able to bring a tablet to full power in just three hours compared to the typical seven plus. We’re talking 60 watts of power compared to the 10 watts provided by version 1.0.
The good news is that most standard microUSB wall chargers will soon feature the technology inherently, meaning you won’t have to hunt down an overpriced or specialized adapter. If you have an existing Quick Charge 1.0 adapter, the standards will be backwards compatible.
While Qualcomm is getting the hype train rolling today, don’t expect to see phones with the capability until early 2014. That’s when we will likely see the first round of smartphones featuring the Snapdragon 800 platform.