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Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 gives your phone 80% charge in 35 minutes

With bigger screens and more processing power, our phones’ batteries are dying quicker than ever. Now new charging tech from Qualcomm could help mitigate the problem.

It’s called Quick Charge 3.0, and it’s 38 per cent more efficient than its predecessor. In fact, it’ll take your phone from zero battery to an 80 per cent charge in just 35 minutes. For a phone without Quick Charge, this would take about an hour and a half.

Like Quick Charge 2.0, it’ll come built into Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, namely the Snapdragon 820.

According to Qualcomm (via The Verge), a new Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV) algorithm lets your mobile “determine what power level to request at any point in time for optimum power transfer, while maximising efficiency”.

Compared to Quick Charge 2.0, it will also reduce power dissipation by up to 45 per cent. Which should hopefully help our phones last longer in the first place.

“We are significantly enhancing the capabilities and benefits offered by Quick Charge 3.0 to bring robust fast charging technology to all,” said Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

“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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Quick charging tech is all well and good, but it’s really just something to tide us over until the problem of short battery life is solved. Whoever cracks that is going to make a fortune.

Quick Charge 3.0 will be available in phones from next year. As well as the Snapdragon 820 chipset, it will be in the Snapdragon 620, 618, 617 and 430.

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