The first phone with a battery that charges in just 20 minutes is coming by early 2018


Just yesterday, Chinese phone maker Meizu, known for its good-looking affordable phones, surprised everyone by announcing an impressive new 'Super mCharge' fast charging technology. By using an upgraded data cable and clever circuitry, Meizu said that this new technology makes it possible to fully charge a phone's battery in just 20 minutes. We were impressed, but doubtful: after all, Meizu did not say when is it planning on bringing this new tech to actual devices and without a release date, it all seemed like one of many rosy and not completely realistic promises for the future.

We stopped by Meizu's booth at Mobile World Congress 2017 to learn more: we wanted to know when can we buy Meizu's 'super' phone.


Lo and behold, we learned something more promising than we had hoped for: Meizu's 'Super mCharge' is not only real, but a real Meizu phone that will charge in just 20 minutes is planned for release in late 2017, or early 2018 at the latest. The information comes from the friendly customer rep at the Meizu booth.

What will that phone look like? Unfortunately, Meizu was not ready to share any further details just yet and when we asked whether there are plans to bring the device outside of China, we only got a shoulder shrug. If you want a guess based on Meizu's history and common sense, this new phone would certainly be a top-end device that will likely be first sold in limited quantities in China only. But even so, we remain extremely curious to see it in person and will keep you posted with more details as they become available.

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18 Comments

1. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

So, mCharge is meizuCharge?

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

If you ask one fruit company, it would probably spell it out as MagicCharge :) But on a more serious note, most likely - yes. Meizu also has the mTouch button.

4. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

=))))

3. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Impressive.

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple will copy it and will call it iCharge......iphones takes ages to charge........FAIL!

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

Maybe they'll call it Tim Cook iCharge, Jony Ivy super charge. They will fix the iAges problem and implement iCharge into the iLightningPort with new revolutionary iWire cable and new iWireless charging. iNewDongles, new awesome iCharger block too, all to come in a brand new redesigned iBox by Ivy, iNNovation...the beautiful iFuture.

8. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yes indeed, Apple is good at selling dongle's.......ifruits would buy everything with a apple logo on it!

10. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO...

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I KR? What an ignoramus!

9. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Literally, this is the only site left with rabid fanboys and people that think Apple always says they did it first. Droid Life, Android Police, The verge, even MAC RUMORS there arent any blind fanboys or people accusing any company of saying they did things first.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No one has ever said Apple did a lot of things first. What has been said is they act like they were first base don words that they use when announcing things that have been on phones for years. Example - Retina Display means nothing. It is their twist on a high density display where a certain amount of pixels are pushed into a given space. Hwoever Apple used software to deal with the issue of non-standard resolutions to make things fit properly. However HD (high density) displays have existed for years in some form. No one has accused Apple of making claims they were first. They've been accused of using wording that makes it seem they were.

13. piratestation

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Not only copy... Apple will patent it.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and sue everyone.. update, this is reply to #13 (why it take so long for PA to fix this nested comment problem :-/)

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Apple would just buy them!

7. ryq24

Posts: 876; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

What it's gonna look like? An iPhone or Samsung galaxy s8 more likely.

14. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Very impressive, I hope this inspires other OEM's to make a faster charger as well. Apple definitely needs even the basic QC 1.0 lol. Fast charging has been on my MUST HAVE list when considering to buy a phone for the last 1.5 years. I've tried other phones after have fast charging, and cant go back, its too slow.

17. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 739; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

From the looks of that chart. They could've just increased the Amps that the battery receives to 5A.

18. drazwy

Posts: 360; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Hey look! More Vapor ware battery technology!

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