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:

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



1. pankajxdx unregistered

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

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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)

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

3. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 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..

5. someguy2261

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

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

14. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

6. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 742; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

I smell a lawsuit.....

15. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

7. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 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.

8. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

9. pankajxdx unregistered

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.

10. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

11. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

12. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

16. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

13. Ikechukwu

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 03, 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.

18. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

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