Your next smartphone may charge from zero to 80 percent in 35 minutes

Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology not only improves battery cell life but allows for rapid charging.

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Qualcomm has introduced Quick Charge 3.0, which is able to charge a typical smartphone from zero to 80 percent in only 35 minutes.

Touted as up to 38 percent more efficient than its predecessor Quick Charge 2.0, the US chip maker said on Tuesday the next-generation technology is the first of its kind to employ Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV).

INOV is a new algorithm developed by the company which determines the best power levels for a charger to release to ensure "optimum power transfer" and thereby improving efficiency by reducing power loss and reducing the risk of overheating. As a result, the new version of Quick Charge can power up a typical smartphone from no juice to 80 percent in roughly 35 minutes.

Qualcomm said Quick Charge 3.0 has also been refined to improve battery cycle life, giving devices a longer run before batteries need to be replaced. Providing vendors use the firm's "advanced parallel charging configurations," Quick Charge 3.0 will "improve fast charging up to 27 percent or reduces power dissipation by up to 45 percent when compared to Quick Charge 2.0," as well as charge at double the pace of Quick Charge 1.0.

The new standard will ship as an option for devices which use Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 620, 618, 617 and 430 processors, among others. (Qualcomm has provided a list (.PDF) for interested users). Quick Charge 3.0 is expected to appear as a feature of new mobile devices next year.

Quick Charge 3.0 is also backwards-compatible with previous versions and connectors.

Alex Katouzian, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm commented:

"We are significantly enhancing the capabilities and benefits offered by Quick Charge 3.0 to bring robust fast charging technology to all.

Quick Charge 3.0 addresses a primary consumer challenge with today's mobile devices in helping users restore battery life quickly and efficiently, and does so through leading technology and a robust ecosystem including leading device and accessory OEMs."

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