Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 announced: faster charging, more efficient and USB-PD compatible

Qualcomm announced its newest chipset in an event in New York today. It’ll be called the Snapdragon 835, and it’ll be based on Samsung’s new 10nm process. That should make it more powerful and more power efficient. The 835 also supports Quick Charge 4.0, the latest generation of Qualcomm’s popular charging standard and the first to be fully compatible with the USB Power Delivery standard as Google ‘strongly recommended’ last week.

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No Quick Charge 3.0 on Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge or Xperia X Performance

Qualcomm announced the Quick Charge 3.0 standard last year, billing it as ‘next-generation fast charging technology’. The new standard is 38% more efficient than Quick Charge 2.0, and offers support for a more granular range of voltages from 3.6V all the way to 20V.

The only problem is that the new standard isn’t being added to new flagships — out of the ‘big three’ flagship phones announced in 2016, only one has Quick Charge 3.0 support, the LG G5. The other two — the Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge and Sony Xperia X Performance — don’t support the standard, despite coming with Qualcomm chipsets that are compatible with Quick Charge 3.0.

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