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Vivo’s new 120W Super FlashCharge technology is ridiculously fast

Vivo has announced its new 120W Super FlashCharge technology, which − it is claimed − can be used to charge up a 4000mAh battery in just 13 minutes.

Vivo is leading the way on fast-charging technology with its new aggressively-titled Super FlashCharge feature. It’s 120W fast charging – compared to the 30W of the OnePlus 7 Pro, and 40W of the Huawei P30 Pro.

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Vivo showed off the Super FlashCharge technology at MWC Shanghai 2019. The company also used the event to talk about its new Vivo AR Glass augmented reality glasses and its first 5G phone.

The Super FlashCharge showcase declared the technology could charge a 4000mAh battery from 0 to 50% in just five minutes, and charge it fully in 13 minutes. Vivo also stated the 120W Super FlashCharge system features “a new charge pump technology with a deeply customisable Type-C data cable”.

Vivo’s new charging technology isn’t available on an existing smartphone yet. If it does manage to bring beefy 120W charging to market, it will beat the lofty claims made by Xiaomi regarding future 100W charging on its phones.

It could, however, be a while before the technology makes it to consumer devices. 120W charging would be expected to generate a lot of heat and there would have to be significant changes in the thermal design of current smartphones to accommodate such a powerful charge.

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The charging innovation would even be a massive step up for Vivo – whose current fastest charging technology is 44W in its specially configured IQOO gaming phone.

Fast-charging is always high on the agenda for mobile phone buyers, because who doesn’t want to be able to top up their phone battery quicker? Samsung was recently in the news for a leak potentially pointing to faster charging on the upcoming Galaxy Note 10.

The heightened fast-charging on the Note 10 would be seen as a huge leap forward. The previous generation of Galaxy phones featured 15W charging – the latest leaks point to 45W. They also highlight the relative ridiculousness of Vivo’s 120W tech.

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