Quick charge: the real smartphone revolution of 2017

wireless fast charger

Is fast charging the most important innovation of recent years? More than the performance of a smartphone, what better than to be able to refuel without spending hours?

The most significant evolution of our smartphones?

The technological evolutions observed on high-end smartphones in recent years are spectacular. Borders without edges (well almost), processors whose raw power does not have much to envy to those of the PCs, photo-optics producing results closer and closer to “real” devices.

But what is all this compared to true innovation that changes everything: the fast charge associated with SoC and screens less energy intensive!

This is something that has a real impact on how we use and enjoy our mobile devices. Because in fact, being quite honest with ourselves, what do we have to blame for our smartphones? Their performances? We can always do better for greedy uses such as 3D games, but frankly, in general use, I have the impression to see the same responsiveness to common tasks for 5 years.

The quality of their screen? Again, it’s a plus, but we’ve made a leap in readability for years. And we take more and more beautiful photos, and it’s great, but there is one thing that we always plague regularly: the battery level after a day of work.

It was a real problem just a few years ago. I do not count the number of times my smartphone was at a low battery while I did not have time to recharge more than 10%. So, of course, the ultimate solution would be to find smartphones with autonomy worthy of a Nokia 3310. It’s beautiful to dream, but it probably will not happen. There are of course terminals able to cash almost two days of use without recharging, but generally, it goes with their size.

Big battery or fast charge? Why not the two of them!

However, if the problem does not arise today, it will rise tomorrow if you skip a refill and you find yourself in the harbor before returning, or to leave far from a power outlet. And in these cases, we appreciate the fact of being able to find enough juice without too much delay or immobilize his phone too long, what Quick Charge technologies offer, recently in version 4+ or the standard USB Power Delivery.

And one does not prevent the other: the Huawei Mate 10 Pro put on both a big battery and a quick recharge via Quick Charge 4, and it was already the case of the Mate 9 (in Quick Charge 3 ). And it happened to me, with this last, to hold two and a half days like to find myself in a difficult situation at the beginning of the evening, for example during a day of tourism where I mobilize enormously the camera and the GPS.

And perhaps even more than the battery capacity, the speed of recharge can save your day. Because of most of the time, it’s not whether we’ll still have enough energy in two days that matters, but how long we’ll be able to hold for what we intend to do there, all of after.

The recharge time and the “15 minutes you can regain two hours of battery life” argument is often seen as a misery cache for a small battery. But depending on your usage, it may be primarily what you need.

A need for standardization

Still, in terms of fast charging, proprietary technologies are multiplying, with some confusion in the key. Google anticipated a firm response by demanding USB Power Delivery for Android Oreo, to the detriment of Quick Charge, Dash Charge, and other VOCs.

This requirement has turned into a recommendation, knowing that Quick Charge 4+, the latest version of Qualcomm’s technology, supports the Power Delivery standard. Eventually, and as long as the march to standards continues, the adoption of this feature should take even greater momentum, and we all have to win.