Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5 is finally here, and it is now the fastest charging technology available for Android devices, being capable of more than 100W charging power.
With Quick Charge 5, devices will be able to power up from zero to 50% in just five minutes. That’s 70% more efficient than the Quick Charge 4 and offers 10X the power delivery of Quick Charge 1. And its blazing-fast charging time isn’t just twice as fast but four times compared to the previous generations.
Quick Charge 5 will be backwards compatible with Quick Charge 2.0 up to Quick Charge 4+. The ability to support 100W charging while maintaining the same footprint as the previous 45W chargers will mean users no longer needing to purchase separate Quick Charge-certified accessories for their devices. This new technology has been optimized to work with both USB-PD and Type C for current and future Android devices.
With this speed upgrade, Qualcomm also takes safety into consideration. Quick Charge 5 incorporates 12 separate voltage, current, and temperature protections overvoltage protection for USB inputs. Compared to Quick Charge 4, this new version runs 10 degrees cooler and enables Dual/Triple charge technology, adaptive input voltage, INOV4, Qualcomm Battery Saver, and the new Qualcomm Smart Identification of Adapter Capabilities technology. These improve overall power transfer efficiency, increase safety, and extend the device’s battery life.
Engineered to work with Snapdragon 865, and 865 Plus, as well as future mobile processors, Quick Charge 5 is expected to be available in devices by the third quarter of 2020.
In addition to speed and safety upgrades, Qualcomm is also introducing new premium tier power management technology with the Qualcomm SMB1396 and Qualcomm SMB1398. These will be able to provide maximum efficiency above 98 percent by supporting 1SnP and 2SnP batteries, wired and wireless input paths, an adaptive operation based on the power source, and scalability. Also, by supporting higher than 20V input, it will be able to accommodate the highest power levels from both wired and wireless sources.