Qualcomm just issued a press release reminding us why a lot of modern smartphones seem to be charging much faster than before. Turns out the culprit is none other but the Quick Charge 1.0 tech that Qualcomm acquired when it bought Summit Microelectronics last year, and immediately put it to good use in its newer Snapdragon processors.
The rapid juicing technology is being already used on phones like the Droid DNA
, Lumia 920
or the Nexus 4
, and without it those phones would have charged for more than four hours, while now the total time is less than three.
Qualcomm says that Quick Charge 1.0 allowed for up to 40% faster charging of these devices, and it is with existing USB cables and wall chargers, rather than proprietary ones that Sony uses for fast-charging some members of its Xperia line.