In between detailing its new line of Snapdragon SoCs, including the flagship Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm today announced an update to its Quick Charge standard.
Now on its third iteration, Qualcomm says that Quick Charge 3.0 is able to refuel a smartphone battery from 0 to 85 percent in 35 minutes. That’s all thanks to a new software algorithm called Intelligent Negotiation for Optinum Voltage (INOV) that’s better able to deliver the correct amount of voltage when a device needs it most.
That is — in contrast to Quick Charge 2.0, which charged a phone only at four different voltages — Quick Charge 3.0 is able to deliver 82 different voltages (in 200mV increments between 3.6V to 20V), resulting in “minimized losses, increased efficiency, and improved thermal performance.”
According to Qualcomm, Quick Charge 3.0 smartphones will work with Quick Charge 2.0 and 1.0 devices, though you’ll need a need a new phone and charger to take advantage of the improved speeds.
Quick Charge 3.0 will become available next year when smartphones with Snapdragon 820, 620, 618, 617 and 430 SoCs start shipping.