With an American smartphone user having an average of 41 apps, utilizing an average of 94 minutes a day for those apps and 72 minutes for web browsing, there is nothing doubtful about the reported increase in the demand for power, or for a better-powered device. These days, you can choose to spend most of the day charging your smartphone or gadget, but that means having to sacrifice your freedom to move around. So what’s the point of having a mobile device when it means being stuck sitting on the corner waiting for it to charge? Qualcomm has a better idea.
Less time charging and more time doing – this is what the all new Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 solution is pledging for smartphone and tablet users worldwide.
The new charging solution will boast of a whopping 75% faster charging capability than its competitors. Similar to its predecessor, it will be offered either as a standalone IC solution, as part of Snapdragon 800, an entire system-on-a-chip processor featuring, among others, a CPU, GPU, DSP, and LTE modem, or in the wall charger.
If you remember, the same company introduced Quick Charge 1.0 last year, which was built on 70 devices. It provided a pretty good offer – 40% faster charging than its competitors. But that 40% wasn’t enough as more and more users begin to be more and more indulged with the capabilities of their own phones and tablets. With Quick Charge 2.0, devices that used to take 7 hours to charge fully now only require 3 hours –all the more convenient for any user on-the-go.
If you have a Quick Charge 1.0 charger, you’ll be happy to know that Quick Charge 2.0 devices have been designed for backwards and forwards compatibility. But Qualcomm suggests that for the most optimal charging solution and to experience the 75% faster and better charging, it’s best to use a 2.0 charging device for your 2.0-ran gadget. It’s also interesting to note that with Quick Charge 1.0, you only get 10 watts of power; whereas, with Quick Charge 2.0, you get 60 watts worth of power, a huge improvement from the previous Qualcomm product.
Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 is scheduled to be available for purchase by early 2014. Smartphones and tablets running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 will all have Quick Charge 2.0. Until then, we are keeping our fingers crossed.