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MediaTek unveils Pump Express 3.0: a Qualcomm QuickCharge alternative that will get 0% to 70% battery in 20 minutes

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MediaTek unveils Pump Express 3.0: a Qualcomm QuickCharge alternative that will get 0  to 70  battery in 20 minutes

High-end smartphones have their appeal not only because of their computing superpowers, but also due to the little features that make a big difference in daily life. One such feature reserved to Qualcomm Snapdragon has been the QuickCharge technology that allows you to plug in your phone and get its battery recharged much faster.

This has also been one of the key advantages of Snapdragon phones over more affordable phones out of China that have MediaTek system chips. MediaTek chips are fairly fast, but they lack a similar fast charging technology.

This will change in the future, as MediaTek today unveils Pump Express 3.0, a new feature that will come with select MediaTek-based devices that will allow faster battery recharges.

Here is a quick break-down of the Pump Express 3.0 specs:

MediaTek unveils Pump Express 3.0: a Qualcomm QuickCharge alternative that will get 0  to 70  battery in 20 minutes

Most notable is the promise for a recharge from 0% to 70% in just 20 minutes. Let us remind you that batteries recharge at exponentially slower times for the last few percentage points, so the actual charge to a 100% will probably take at least double those 20 minutes (likely, more). Still, this is an advancement that will give quite a lot of freedom to MediaTek phone owners.

Pump Express 3.0 is expected to come with Helio P20-equipped phones by the end of 2016. It's also notable that this tech works with the new USB-C charging port, which is awesome.


source: MediaTek

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posted on 30 May 2016, 08:10 7

1. pankajxdx (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Charging time has become bearable after Qualcomm QC 2.0, what we need is for batteries to last longer on a single charge.

posted on 30 May 2016, 08:15

2. ibend (Posts: 5998; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


low-end class will be interesting with all these quick-charge stuff (and Qualcomm's QC3.0 like SD617 and SD435), 3000mAh+ battery, and power efficient A53 core..
and maybe next-year midranger will be powerful enough to support day-dream (maybe not 2k screen, yet)

posted on 30 May 2016, 08:28

4. UglyFrank (Posts: 1825; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


If high end can't support it now I doubt midrange will support it next year.
It took the S400 series 3 years to reach the same level of performance as the S600 series had in 2013. Every midrange/low midrange phone from 2013-2015 used a Adreno 305 or some variant of it.

posted on 30 May 2016, 08:16 1

3. byazatt (Posts: 269; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Sure batteries need to improve. It's 2016 and no battery will go for a week? I thought this was supposed to be the era of flying cars and stuff..

posted on 30 May 2016, 08:28 2

5. someguy2261 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Feb 2016)


So how about inventing a better battery if hour so smart obviously you didn't contribute to that you can only criticizes

posted on 31 May 2016, 13:22

14. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Yep, sadly we went from flying cars to VC-funding another app to send nudes with.

posted on 30 May 2016, 08:31

6. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 322; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


I smell a lawsuit.....

posted on 31 May 2016, 13:23

15. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


For having faster charging? Which patent are they intruding upon again?

posted on 30 May 2016, 08:31 1

7. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


So in theory, in just an hour the phone would be fully charged, pretty cool :). Can't wait to see if Aplle follows the same path.

posted on 30 May 2016, 08:43

8. sissy246 (Posts: 3181; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


I don't expect a battery to last a week or even 2 or 3 days of heavy uses ,, but a battery that last 10 to 11 hours of SOT with heavy uses would be fine. I you are on your phone more then 11 hours of heavy uses you really need a life.

posted on 30 May 2016, 09:16

9. pankajxdx (Posts: 56; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


It might not be 11 hours in one single day. I would definitely like my phone to last for a few days on one single charge.

posted on 30 May 2016, 11:16 2

10. Zack_2014 (Posts: 423; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


How many noticed Fast Charging to 100% = Lower battery life per charge.
Charging Slow = Battery lasting longer per charge

posted on 30 May 2016, 12:51

11. marorun (Posts: 4554; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


i tested on my moto x play and using much slower charger or the super turbo one thats came with my phone when its charged to 100% with same usage i get same battery life.

posted on 30 May 2016, 13:34

12. xondk (Posts: 1790; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Sounds good, but makes me wonder about safety, a bad charger with direct access to battery?

posted on 31 May 2016, 13:24

16. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Well, according to the video they use USB communication and have over 20 safety signals, so in theory it should be safer as well.

posted on 31 May 2016, 15:39

17. xondk (Posts: 1790; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


well yes, as I wrote sounds good, but it does make me wonder, I mean bad chargers have made 'normal' charging cause issues.

posted on 30 May 2016, 15:25

13. Ikechukwu (Posts: 202; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


The thing with charge times now is that they have become fairly good. Phones with quick charge (and similar tech) charge impressively but don't last too long. I love windows phones and will be looking to see how the Hp elite X3 with quickcharge 3.0 and a 15.98 Wh 4150mAh battery can do.

posted on 31 May 2016, 15:40

18. xondk (Posts: 1790; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


If the battery is charged properly, then discharge time should be the same at the same usage?

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