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Qualcomm to debut faster Quick Charge 4.0 with Snapdragon 830?

Qualcomm is set to introduce a new Quick Charge standard on its upcoming Snapdragon 830 chip according to a new report that cites “an accessory manufacturer that wants to remain silent”.

Quick Charge 4.0, as it’s referred to in fudzilla‘s report, will allegedly increase 5V charging to 5.6A, providing 28W of power, while there’s also said to be a 9V/4A option.

Qualcomm’s current Quick Charge 3.0 supports 18W for phones, with voltages ranging from 3.2 to 20V in 200mV increments, and the company will likely retain this approach, as it allows for charging of larger devices when needed.

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The company’s Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV) technology allows for the fastest possible charging speed for specific devices, and is, as the company puts it:

“an algorithm which allows your portable device to determine what power level to request at any point in time, enabling optimum power transfer while maximizing efficiency.”

It seems likely some form of optimised INOV technology will be used in Quick Charge 4.0, as the increase in charging capability will have undoubtedly forced Qualcomm to find a way of dealing with potential overheating issues.

There are, of course, other fast charging solutions on the market, with Oppo’s VOOC capable of passing up to 20W of power to the battery, and Huawei’s Super Charge providing up to 22.5W.

But if this latest report is correct, it looks like Qualcomm could be about to exceed the competition in that respect when it launches the new Quick Charge.

Quick Charge 3.0 is currently capable of charging some devices up to 80% in just 35 minutes, according to Qualcomm, so there is likely to be a significant decrease in that charge time on the rumoured new standard.

The report claims phones supporting this Quick Charge 4.0 are expected to launch in “Q1 2017”, which is likely when we’ll see the first Snapdragon 830 phones hitting the market.

Of course, none of this has been confirmed at this point, so there’s no way to know for sure, but stay tuned for the latest as there will likely be more developments very soon.

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