Most of us worry that our phone's battery life sucks. We always try to find ways to extend its life by buying gadgets that can charge handsets on the go such as powerbanks. Some even purchase the latest phone in the market just to get their hands on a device that they can use for longer hours.
But if you’re the kind of person who always forgets their powerbank or charger at home, there's no more need to worry, because the next generation of smartphones will have a new quick-charging technology. And by quick, we mean five minutes quick. Imagine five hours of battery life after just five minutes of charging. That’s 80 percent of a battery’s capacity in 15 minutes.
US company Qualcomm, the manufacturer and supplier of smartphone processors for companies such as Samsung and LG, unveiled their new superfast charging Snapdragon 835 chipset with Quick Charge 4 last week.
Meanwhile, the Quick Charge 3.0, which is the latest version of quick-charging tech installed in Android phones nowadays, can give smartphones 80 percent power in 35 minutes.
“We put a lot of hard work and engineering into new products, and we’re going to deliver what we hope is a much better charging experience from 2016,” said Qualcomm’s senior director of product management Everett Roach during the unveiling of Quick Charge 4.
The smartphone tech supplier is doing their best to work on improvements on soon-to-be-released smartphones. They are engineering new types of hardware so that the Quick Charge 4 won't cause any hazards, such as the Samsung Note 7 incident, from happening again. Google even implemented new guidelines for Andorid makers so that future handsets won't suddenly burst out into flames. Good thing Qualcomm's quick charge tech passed Google's standards.
On a similar note, there are also researchers who are trying to develop technology for both smartphone and computer batteries so that these devices can be charged to a maximum of 100 percent once every three months. However, we won't be seeing this tech soon enough.
Lucky for us, the Quick Charge 4 might be released by mid-2017 so better watch out for smartphones from Samsung, HTC, and LG with the Snapdragon 835 chipset.