As the name suggests, Quick Charge technology lets smartphone users charge up their devices faster than regular charging. The technology has gone through various stages, as follows:
- Quick Charge 1: 0 to 30% battery charge in 30 minutes.
- Quick Charge 2: 0 to 60% battery charge in 30 minutes.
- Quick Charge 3: 0 to 80% battery charge in 30 minutes.
- Quick Charge 4: 0 to 50% battery charge in 15 minutes.
Quick Charge 4 Plus Features
And now, Qualcomm has announced the next stage: Quick Charge 4 Plus. So, what does Quick Charge 4 Plus bring to the table? Quick Charge 4+ has the benefits of Quick Charge 4, plus three new enhancements. These new enhancements include Dual Charge, Intelligent Thermal Balancing, and Advanced Safety Features.
All these enhancements mean that your smartphone has greater protection against overheating and electrical damage while charging and will theoretically charge up to 15% faster or 30% more efficiently than Quick Charge 4.
Quick Charge 4 Plus Compatibility
Both smartphones and chargers that meet Qualcomm’s standards will carry the Quick Charge 4+ label and enjoy these benefits. Specified charges will be backwards compatible and work with devices that have Quick Charge 2 and 3 (such chargers will charge them at their respective quick charge speeds). As always, we recommend that you get the latest quick charger, so it is a good idea to get a Quick Charge 4+ compatible charger as soon as they hit the stores near you.
While Quick Charge technology is by Qualcomm and so restricted to devices powered by the brand’s chips, rival chip maker Mediatek has its own PumpExpress technology which provides similar benefits to smartphones powered by their processors. Some device manufacturers have their own branded fast charge technology for their devices. Minus the branding, they all work based on similar principles.
The first Quick Charge 4 Plus smartphone has been announced – the ZTE Nubia Z17. The Z17 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, has 8 GB of RAM and a 3200 mAh battery. It is expected to go on sale in July. Other compatible smartphones and chargers will follow soon and hit the market.
Want To Know More About Quick Charge Technology?
If you are new to quick charging technology, it might be a good idea to go through our introductory material, Quick Chargers: All Your Questions Answered.