No Quick Charge 3.0 support for the Samsung Galaxy S7 duo

No Quick Charge 3.0 support for the Samsung Galaxy S7 duo
Though the innumerate pre-launch leaks gave us a strong idea of what to expect from the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, it's clear that the Korean firm has made a substantial effort to impress us with its flagship duo. Both are packed to the gills with features, ticking most of the boxes one could require of a high-end smartphone. Yet while the two devices do offer Qualcomm's lauded Quick Charge facility, it's not the latest Quick Charge 3.0 as one might have expected. 

The Galaxy S6 line, which arrived this time last year, shipped with Quick Charge 2.0. As the name implies, the Quick Charge increases the speed at which a device can add power, provided that a supported charger is used. Later on in September of 2015, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 was announced with broader support and an extra dab of Quickness. For the best part of six months, the tech has been primed and ready to go, and since Samsung isn't renowned for holding back new and emerging tech, it's a tad strange that Quick Charge 3.0 is not found in either the Galaxy S7 or its curvaceous cousin. 

Then again -- maybe not. There are two different versions of the S7 and S7 edge, each either rocking Sammy's own Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. The Qualcomm chip, as you might imagine, is Quick Charge 3.0-ready, but Samsung's chipset is not. Therefore, Samsung probably could have treated the Snapdragon 820 variant to Quick Charge 3.0, but in the name of equality and fairness, has decided to keep both back on the second-gen technology. 

Nevertheless, QuickCharge 2.0 is still mightily impressive, and the lack of support for the newer version 3.0 is unlikely to deter prospective S7 buyers. 

source: Qualcomm via SamMobile

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44 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Simple. Samsung uses their own fast charging tech. Last year's Samsung Flagships didn't use Snapdragon SoCs but supported fast charging because they use their own tech. PA Please provide me the evidence that the GS6 lineup and the GN5 uses Qualcomm Quickcharge tech.

7. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Samsung's own website does mention something about Quick Charge 2.0 on the Galaxy S6, which means that they're probably using Qcomm power management ICs.

9. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Couldn't that be their more refined and improved version of the adaptive fast charging that debuted with the note 4?

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'm not a fan of quick charging anyway. Of course, it can be handy in a pinch, but for regular use it's a bad idea since it'll quickly destroy your battery. An especially bad idea for a sealed, unrepairable phone like these new Samsungs.

20. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Not to get all QWERTYphone-esque on you, but this is exactly why a phone with a removable battery is better. Most external wall chargers use a lower current, like 500-600 mAh, and this very gentle and prolongs battery life. Have one charging outside the phone, and never use more than 1200 mAh while plugging into the phone. Less internal heat will also prolong motherboard lifespan, and you'll never see battery cell degradation.

21. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Maybe why they didn't upgrade was part of this? with Quickcharge 3 being even faster being a potential worry for battery life now that battery can't be exchanged, so to avoid too many RMA's to replace battery at end of warranty of sgs7 they keep it to version 2?

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Quickcharge 3.0 solve all those issue by not giving too much power and its more gradual in the way its deliver it so its wont hurt your battery. Its also faster than the 2.0 standard. so basically its will be slower to charge than phone using 3.0. All this because the crappy exynos dont support 3.0 and Samsung dont want to make the Exynos version inferior.

3. awesome12

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

i think they saved it for note 6 because note is what s variats should have. note 6 usb type c and the charge

5. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

I doubt we'll see any 2016 Samsung phone using USB Type-C. However, 2017 we'll most likely see it, along with a new Gear VR and hopefully USB 3.1 speeds combined with the Type-C.

6. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Im fine with my S6 for now, but I would like to upgrade to the S8 next year and I do hope they have USB-C included as well.

4. SayMobile

Posts: 156; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

still they gonna be one of the fastest charging phones around this year.period.

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

It's second gen vs 3rd. The G5 will charge faster if it has 3.0.

16. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

G5 will charge faster no matter what since it has a smaller battery

25. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

All phone with same battery size and SD820 will charge faster. All phone with smaller battery size and SD820 will charge even faster. So sorry wont be the fastest charging flagship for sure.

49. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Good thing I have more important must-have features on my phone wish list than #1 in charging speed then as I'd just buy the one with the smallest battery.

13. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I use Anker 3Amp 20watts charger for my N4 G4 Z5.

14. Punchy506

Posts: 129; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Motorola 3.2A 25w charger FTW

19. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

What charger is that and by which company?

22. namelessxsilent

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

im gonna guess its my Moto X Pure charger that came with the phone. Its attached to the plug so I can't just take the wire anywhere

26. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I have the same on my moto x play its super fast.

15. aho13

Posts: 97; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

which charges faster ? it doesn't matter I don't know why people are arguing about it, I don't see the USB C or the QC 3 to be important factor for deciding which is a better phone for you, it is just fine tuning not a feature missing , extra couple of minutes in charge time are not a big factor , but a better camera in low light or wider lens will make a difference.

27. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Last year Samsung fanboy where all about it been the fastest to charge but this year its okay if its slower? nice double standard. for me what kill both the S7 and G5 is they removed a features i like in android 6.0 called adopting a sd card. So for me both are game over looking foward to the M10.

31. PureA

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 18, 2015

Well said marorun, that's why I always prefer Moto devices, the real deal stock pure Android experience you can customize it the way you want they don't remove features (Adoptable storage or like Multi-user mode in Samsung phones which is important especially to dual SIM variant users) or add useless bloatware that make Android OS and security update take long time come.

32. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Well, the world love those useless bloatware than the plain pure one.

35. A.to.Z

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 31, 2015

36. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Are those polls are the voice of android users around the world? If not, then shut up. If Phonearena make polls about Google bloatwares should not in everyphone then I will gladly vote YES.

39. A.to.Z

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 31, 2015

Yes, Phonearena have members and android users from around the world, and who said that I want Google bloatware, any bloatware is not acceptable. Remember what I said "people go for Samsung because of its popularity, availability and hardware specs". Prove it if you can kid "the world love those useless bloatware", Grow up and don't be a fanboy.

40. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

How many Phonearena members compares to android users?

42. A.to.Z

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 31, 2015

Phonearena polls give an idea about what android users want, if you have any doubt about that then make your own poll and make all android users vote in that poll and I'm sure that the result well be the same. It's about what is right and what is wrong "any bloatware is not acceptable" it should be original stock android experience the user modify it the way he likes, when they add bloatware the user have to add another bloatware to change it. Only for devices like edge or note that needs special features and those features wouldn't be called bloatware because they serve the purpose of making that variant or device. You didn't Prove your statement "the world love those useless bloatware".

45. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Touchwiz = Cancer Bloatwares = Tumors Todays consumers have more options of smartphones with superior UI. Then why when they still have options to buy another phones, Samsung still the king of android markets? Specs, availibility, and brand names should not bothered them to ignore Samsung TW. It is a cancer after all. Do You want to buy a chicken looks healthy but you actualy know that chicken have a cancer in its system? I believe it is Not. Touchwiz is not the problem. Samsung loss the market because of the price. PA already post an article about that.

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