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Qualcomm Unveils Speedy Charging System

Paul Rubens - November 22, 2016 - 08:19 AM
Qualcomm Unveils Speedy Charging System
Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4 technology give phone batteries a power boost in minutes.

(CCM) — Qualcomm has unveiled a new rapid charging technology, which it claims can give a phone battery five hours of life from a five-minute charge. Quick Charge 4 allows devices to request varying amounts of power through a charge cable using an algorithm that Qualcomm calls Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV), according to a Tech Times report. Quick Charge 4 also includes heat management capabilities to prevent batteries overheating and catching fire during rapid charging. Alex Katouzian, a Qualcomm senior vice president, said that consumers are increasingly demanding fast-charging systems. "Quick Charge 4 addresses that need by providing up to 50% battery charge in roughly 15 minutes or less, so you don't have to spend all day chained to your charging cable."

The technology works with mobile devices that use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip, its newest mobile processor for smartphones and tablets. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be one of the first smartphones powered by the Snapdragon 835 when it is released next year. The company's Galaxy Note8 may also use the same processor when it is released later in the year. The fast charging technology may eventually make its way to other product categories, such as virtual reality goggles and even drones.

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