Smartphones that charge slowly suck. And in a world where battery capacities are getting larger by the month, long charge times could become a legitimate gripe. But Qualcomm has apparently been on the case for quite a while now, quietly implementing a technology it calls Quick Charge 1.0 into some of its Snapdragon chipsets.
Quick Charge is actually a physical circuit built into the chipset that interfaces with the USB connector, so this isn't some kind of firmware voodoo. Qualcomm acquired the tech when it bought Summit Microelectronics last June.
Qualcomm claims QuickCharge allows you to charge your smartphone up to 40% faster than one without Quick Charge. Some of the notable devices packing Quick Charge 1.0 functionality are:
- DROID DNA / J Butterfly
- One S / SV / VX
- EVO LTE
- Nexus 4
- Optimus G
- ATRIX HD
- DROID RAZR HD / MAXX
- DROID RAZR M
- Galaxy S III (US version)
- Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 / 10.1 (LTE versions)
- Xperia T / TL
You can find a full list of Quick Charge 1.0-enabled devices at Qualcomm's blog post on the matter, here. The post is actually a teaser, promising "exciting news on the newest advancement in fast charging technology" next week. Quick Charge 2.0, I'm guessing?