Yes, your new smartphone does charge faster thanks to Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0

Yes, your new smartphone does charge faster thanks to Qualcomm Quick Charge 1.0

Summary: You may have noticed that your newest smartphone seems to charge up faster than your phones and tablets did in the past. Your feeling would be correct if you have a phone with a supported Qualcomm chip inside.


Have you noticed your latest smartphone seems to charge up noticeably faster than the phone you had a year or two ago? If you have one of the 70+ devices with a newer generation Qualcomm chip inside, then you would be correct since Quick Charge 1.0 is inside and helping you charge up to 40% faster than older phones.

Last year Qualcomm acquired Summit Microelectronics and as you can see on the Summit website they were a company that specialized in power management solutions. These solutions are now integrated into the latest Qualcomm chips and bringing consumers the convenience of faster charging.

You likely were unaware of this technology in your new smartphone and Qualcomm also share that there will be some exciting news on their newest advancement in fast charging technology next week, likely at the HTC announcement in New York.

Some of the latest Qualcomm-powered devices that have the Quick Charge 1.0 technology include (check the Qualcomm blog for the complete list of devices):

  • HTC Droid DNA
  • HTC One S
  • HTC One SV
  • HTC 8X
  • Google Nexus 4
  • LG Optimus G
  • Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD/RAZR HD
  • Nokia Lumia 920
  • Nokia Lumia 820
  • Samsung Galaxy S III

Have you noticed that your newer phone charges faster than your phones of the past?

Topics: Mobility, Android, HTC, Nokia, Samsung, Windows Phone

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  • True

    My S3 charges extremely fast. I always wondered why and now I have the answer.
    Sebastian Tristan
  • Fast charge

    Humm Now we know what chip controls the charging in the Boeing 787. Grin.
  • Fast charging doesn't require high tech stuff

    What does battery charge rate have to do with Qualcomm silicon??
    Your bottleneck is the 1 amp (5 watts) from a USB 3.0 connector, or a bit more from some beefy USB power ports that plug into the wall.
    Yes you need circuitry to monitor incoming voltage, current, battery temperature and perhaps internal resistance but what does charge rate have to do with chips? It's not a specialized technology, it doesn't take high tech hardware to manage a single cell lithium battery.