Jun 2nd, 2017 publishUpdated   Sep 11th, 2021, 11:27 am

Last year, Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon 835 processor along with Quick Charge 4.0. A few devices have the 835, but none have QC 4.0 yet. That didn’t stop Qualcomm from announcing the next version, Quick Charge 4+.

As the name implies, 4+ is an update on 4.0. It has everything you’d find in 4.0, but with 3 big features. With 4+, you can get 50% charge in just 15 minutes. Here are the 3 new features:

  • Dual Charge: already an option in earlier versions, but now more powerful, Dual Charge includes a second power management IC in the device. Charging a device via Dual Charge divides the charge current, allowing for lower thermal dissipation and reduced charge time
  • Intelligent Thermal Balancing: a further enhancement to Dual Charge, intelligent thermal balancing is engineered to move current via the coolest path autonomously, eliminating hot spots for optimized power delivery
  • Advanced Safety Features: Quick Charge 4 already includes rigorous built-in safety protocols. Quick Charge 4+ goes one step further and is designed to monitor both the case and connector temperature levels simultaneously. This extra layer of protection helps ward against overheating and short-circuit or damage to the Type-C connector.

Qualcomm announced that the Nubia Z17 will support Quick Charge 4+, but that’s all we know right now. Hopefully, it will be adopted faster than Quick Charge 4.0.

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